Experience

30930_400994508093_1189578_nElvia Díaz

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Editor, La Voz/ lavozarizona.com/TV y Más, Phoenix, AZ, July 2012 – present — Completely rebuilt the digital component of the Spanish-language publication. Oversees all aspects of production and news content of the website, the weekly newspaper and weekly entertainment magazine. Writes a weekly Spanish-language column and occasionally writes an English column for the Arizona Republic.

Breaking news editor, Arizona Republic / azcentral.com/12 News, Phoenix, AZ, July 2012 – August 2013 — Responsible for coordinating and editing breaking news coverage for print and online publication across seven-day and 24-hour news cycles, working with reporters, producers and photojournalists.

Southwest Valley editor, Arizona Republic / azcentral.com, Phoenix, AZ, April 2011– June 2012 — Planned all coverage, including news events, education, business and general assignments.

Assistant city editor, Arizona Republic / azcentral.com, Phoenix, AZ, September 2006 – March 2011 — Responsible for planning and editing all coverage of the city of Phoenix, sixth largest in the U.S., for both print and online publication across seven-day and 24-hour news cycles. Supervising a team of five reporters, coverage includes two tabloid sections of local news published three times a week tailored to specific zones in the city; breaking news and enterprise for both our Metro and Page A1 sections, and continuous content for our web site, including breaking news, features, blogs, slide shows, video, and other multimedia. Readership exceeds 360,000 daily. Online readers range from 700,000 to 1.2 million per month. Additional duties include representing the Republic with city and state leaders, mentoring reporters with our Spanish-language newspaper / web site, La Voz, and recruiting interns for our summer program.

Editor, EXTRA!, a weekly Arizona Republic section aimed at English-speaking Latinos, Oct. 2005 -Sept. 2006 Planned all coverage, including news events, sports, education, business and general assignments. Coordinated and edited freelancers, wrote a weekly column.

State government reporter, Arizona Republic, June 2002 – Oct. 2005 As a member of the three-reporter Capitol team, covered daily news, Sunday enterprise and weekly political insider column. Issues ranged from regional transit tax, $600 million deal to expand Phoenix convention center, immigration, and other legislative priorities.

Phoenix City Hall reporter, Arizona Republic, Oct. 2000 – June 2002 Covered Phoenix city government, including transportation, budget, development, council and elections.

Tempe City Hall reporter, Arizona Republic, April 1999 – Oct. 2000 Responsible for all city coverage for the daily paper and specific zones. Covered the construction of the Valley’s largest man-made lake, elections and budget.

Adjunct Journalism Instructor, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University, Jan. 2007-present Teach 301-level sections of intermediate reporting and writing for journalism, communication and public relations majors. In addition to classroom work, coach and edit student content for publication in the Republic, azcentral.com and other Phoenix area publications.

Adjunct Journalism Instructor, Western New Mexico University, Fall 2005 & Fall 2006 —Taught 380- level Media and the Press and Press in American Politics online courses.

Reporter, The Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe, N.M. October 1997–March 1999 — Santa Fe City Hall and Latino issues. Assigned and edited Spanish-language assignments for a weekly Spanish page.

Reporter, Statesman Journal, Salem, Ore., May-August, 1997 — Covered the city of Keizer, including city government, feature articles, and general assignment news,

Producer, Noticiero Latino, Fresno, CA, Oct. 1992-July,1994 — As a news producer for the only Spanish-language newscast distributed nationally over the public radio system in the United States, selected topics and assigned news stories to over 40 stringers in the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico. Anchored the newscast. Coverage included state and national politics, farm workers issues, immigration, housing, inner city violence, education and health.

Contributing reporter, Hispanic Link News Service, Washington, D.C., Nov. 1993-Oct 1994 Wrote Latino-focused news from central and northern California, including, health, politics and immigration.

Public Relations / Media Coordinator, “Su Voto ’94 Campaign,” Southwest Voter Research Institute-El Salvador Project, El Salvador, Feb-Mar 1994 Helped coordinate media interviews with institute officials for United States Spanish and English publications.

Executive Producer, The Hispanic Voice of Northern Arizona, KVNA-AM, Flagstaff, AZ, March 1990-May 1991 Produced a 30-minute Sunday Spanish-language radio show, secured private sponsors, organized interviews and coordinated guests appearance.

EDUCATION

  • Masters in Journalism, University of California at Berkeley, May 1996.
  • Bachelors of Arts, Communication Studies; Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA, January 1990.
  • Bachelors of Arts, Spanish (Hispanic Literature and Culture), Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA, January 1990. 

OTHER

Native Spanish speaker. Born and raised in Mexico. Extensive travel in Mexico, after moving to the United States.

REFERENCES

Available upon request.