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Professor Miguel Tinker Salas Receives International Media Prize

Professor of History and Chicano Studies Miguel Tinker Salas

Miguel Tinker Salas, professor of history and Chicano Studies, received the International Media Prize, for political commentary on electronic media, from the Mexican Club de Periodistas (journalists). More than 7,000 nominations were received for the organization’s 39th Annual Awards Ceremony held in Mexico City earlier this month.

In bestowing the award, the organization noted Tinker Salas’ critical perspective and on-going commentary on Spanish language electronic media, with an emphasis on his work for CNN Español, Telemundo Television and Univision. During the 2008-09 year, he gave 88 broadcast interviews and was quoted in more than 250 print stories about the U.S. presidential election, U.S. foreign policy toward Mexico and Latin America, and political events throughout Latin America. This included live election night analysis of the U.S. presidential election for KMEX Television (Los Angeles).

The Club de Periodistas de Mexico was founded in 1951 to stimulate independent journalism and recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves through their work. Its award ceremony is seen by many as one of the most important defenders of freedom of expression in Mexico and Latin America.

The 7,000-plus nominations received for this year’s national and international awards came from around the world and recommended stories and journalists from very modest newspapers to international media giants. Among those recognized were CNN Español’s Carmen Aristuegui, Telesur (Venezuela) for its coverage of events in Honduras and Noam Chomsky, who writes a translated column for La Jornada (Mexico City).