If there’s one thing I’ve learned at the 2010 NAHJ Convention and Career Expo, it’s this: there is no shortage of “heroes” in this vast organization.
There’s also no shortage of passion for giving back. As with many so-called “minority” groups, Hispanics aren’t strangers to the hardships of fitting in and feeling accepted and embraced. So, many of us choose to stand out, for better or for worse.
Gloria Campos is one woman who stands out for the better– and for the greater good, too. The WFAA-TV news anchor decided to become a journalist when she was in the third grade, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Her precocious interest in communications paid off, as she has become one of the most respected journalists in Texas, and was named “one of the states most influential Hispanic women in 1996 by Texas Hispanic magazine.”
Of her status as a “role model” for fellow Hispanic women, she has said, “It’s a big responsibility I take very seriously.”
That is particularly evident, given her hard advocacy work for the Wednesday’s Child Benefit Corporation, which provides assistance and emotional support to children. According to the site, 1 out of every 207 children in North Texas is a foster child, and Campos has striven to shed light on this issue through her volunteerism and by being an ambassador for the cause.
Campos has also supported events for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and she has also said, “My interests revolve around education and women and family issues.”
I cannot think of a better candidate to receive the prestigious honor of being inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Hall of Fame at our gala tonight. But, maybe I can think of someone who deserves it just as much! Stick around for a new entry coming right up.
Who knows? Maybe her next cause will be spina bifida awareness.