Enrique Acevedo, co-anchor of Univision’s Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna

Enrique Acevedo of Univision named NLP’s 2019 John S. Carroll Journalist of the Year

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Enrique Acevedo, co-anchor of Univision’s Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna, the network’s late-night news program, is the 2019 recipient of the News Literacy Project’s John S. Carroll Journalist of the Year Award.

“Enrique made major contributions to NLP on important fronts in the past year with considerable skill and professionalism,” said Alan C. Miller, NLP’s founder and CEO. “And his work as a journalist reflects the high standards and enterprise reporting that John valued so highly.”

Acevedo will be honored at a luncheon in Miami in September.

About the award

The award — named after one of the most revered newspaper editors of his generation — is given annually to journalists who have contributed significantly to NLP and its mission. The honorees, who receive $500 and a glass plaque with an etched photo of Carroll, are selected by a committee of NLP board members and staff. During an acclaimed journalism career spanning four decades, Carroll was the editor of three major U.S. newspapers — the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader, The Baltimore Sun and the Los Angeles Times. He was a founding member of NLP’s board and served as its chair until shortly before his death in 2015.

Acevedo first became involved with the News Literacy Project in June 2017 as a moderator for a panel on news literacy and public libraries to mark the launch of NLP’s Checkology® virtual classroom in the Miami-Dade Public Library System. A year later, he agreed to host the first Checkology lesson offered in English and Spanish — “Practicing Quality Journalism”/ “Practicando el periodismo de calidad,” a game-like simulation in which students assume the role of a rookie reporter covering a breaking news event. The lesson is one of the most popular on the platform.

He continued his work with NLP in April 2019, leading a session on identifying bias in news reports at a NewsLitCamp®hosted by Univision in Miami. He also follows and promotes NLP on social media.

“I’m thrilled to be part of NLP’s effort to reach Spanish-language audiences,” he said. “I can’t think of a better contribution to the future of journalism and the free press than our partnership with NLP. As journalists, we need to make sure everyone has access to these important tools.”

Notable career

Acevedo, who is also a special correspondent for the Fusion Media Group, has covered news around the world in Spanish and English for print, broadcast and digital media. Highlights of his work include his reports on the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the AIDS epidemic in Africa, the humanitarian crisis in Haiti and the drug wars in Mexico.

He has interviewed a number of notable figures, including President Barack Obama, philanthropist Melinda Gates and Nobel laureates Bishop Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan and Jody Williams. His Univision report “La Amazonía: Un Paraíso a La Venta” (“The Amazon: Paradise for Sale”) won an Emmy award for Outstanding Feature Story in Spanish in 2017.

Before joining Univision in 2012, Acevedo served as special correspondent and anchor for NBC-Telemundo and as a senior reporter for Televisa’s special investigations bureau in Mexico. In that role, he was the host of La Otra Agenda, a daily news program on ForoTV, Televisa’s 24-hour cable news channel, and a correspondent for the network’s investigative news magazine, Los Reporteros. He earlier was a national affairs reporter and special projects editor at Reforma, one of Mexico’s leading newspapers.

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