Rosa Morales: Transcending Journalism

By Raul Garcia Jr.
Twitter: @rgarcia_LE

A pioneering Hispanic broadcast reporter and life long journalist from the Midwest, Rosa Morales’ passion for reporting the news has taken her all over the nation. Over the years she has continued the effort with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists to train minority reporters and help diversity newsrooms in the United States.

rosaIt’s a duty that she has taken on for a better part of two decades and now leads as Region 6 Director for NAHJ.
Better known as the summer journalism program at the Columbia’s School of Journalism, Morales was one of the first to complete the summer Minority Program for Journalist created to diversify newsrooms in America.

As the NAHJ convene for their 30th anniversary national convention in San Antonio– Morales a cofounder can be found advising journalist, reporting on areas of the event and leading the way to helping grow the presence of Latinos in the newsroom.

She never shied away from a story. Her quick wit and probing questions made her a huge newsroom presences and news personality at each of her journalism posts.
She is on top of issues effecting the news world and you can find her covering the news and community events in Michigan.

Morales made it clear to all her students that you need to have your facts straight and journalist need to have their information on the tip of their tongue.
Morales has worked with hundreds of student journalists as an instructor at Michigan State University as faculty member and Director of the Hispanics and Minorities in Journalism Programs. At MSU she taught print and broadcast news writing.

During her time at MSU she also coordinated the “Creating the Next Generation of Minority Journalists,” an initiative with the Lansing School District, funded by the Gannett Foundation.

Morales’s career has spanned over four decades to some she is a role model to others she is a journalism icon for Latino/a journalists.
She earned her Emmy award in San Francisco reporting on Latino issues for KRON-4.

Her career includes over 25 years in California and Michigan as a print and broadcast journalist, documentary producer, as well as corporate P.R. and community journalism. She also has conducted training sessions for radio and TV reporters in the U. S. and Ecuador.

She is the first Hispanic to graduate from the MSU School of Journalism in 1971, she was named Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences in 1982.

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