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Six former Hispanic Media Initiative students take home 11 Emmys

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 • Media Contact: UT Arlington Media Relations

Six former Hispanic Media Initiative or HMI students won a total of 11 Lone Star Emmys at the annual National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Lone Star Chapter awards held this year in Houston.

Sonia Salas and Lizbeth Melendez received awards.

“It is quite an honor to earn this type of recognition from your peers and from the Academy,” said Julian Rodriguez, faculty adviser for UTA’s Hispanic Media Initiative. “Their success is a testament to their hard work and talent, and it demonstrates the value of their training at UTA through the Hispanic Media Initiative. I am certainly very proud of each of them for their continued determination to be the very best.”

For their work at Telemundo, Jairo Lozano (’13) and Daniela Ruiz (’17) each received an Emmy while Vladimir Flores (’15) added three to his trophy case. Angelina Armendariz (’14) won an award and her colleagues at Univision, Raul Solis (’12) and Sonia Salas (’12), also represented UTA at the celebration of journalism excellence. Solis picked up two awards, and Salas earned three.

Angelina Armendariz

Angelina Armendariz

Founded in 2002, the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences  has grown to be one of the largest in the country. Several HMI graduates have won Emmy’s in previous years, including Lozano, Flores and Armendariz. 

UTA’s HMI program is one of the best in the country, producing broadcast journalism professionals in all areas of the field. The program has a 100 percent graduation and job placement rate, highlighting the demand from industry for UTA-trained graduates. It specializes in Hispanic media education, journalism and research and includes a broad network of alumni working in some of the largest markets in the United States and internationally. Proyecto U, a live broadcast done in partnership with the Univision television affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth, is one of the few programs in the country that gives students real-time, experiential learning opportunities in broadcast journalism.