Providence, RI – May 14,
Awards for Diversity in the Media of Rhode Island for
Community & Justice honor local journalists whose in depth reporting opens
readers’ eyes to the thoughts, feelings and perspectives of others. In an era of “infotainment” news, it can be a
challenge for the voices of credible journalists to be heard. The Metcalf Awards shine a light on diversity
journalism that informs, inspires and empowers.
The 30th Anniversary Awards honor
“game changer" journalists, whose work has helped shape the way Rhode
Islanders think about issues such as immigration, incarceration, mental health,
child welfare and more.
will be presented at a breakfast celebration Wednesday,
May 16 at 8:00am at the Providence Biltmore, 11 Dorrance St. Award winners will join the stage for a panel
moderated by Kendall Moore, filmmaker and professor of journalism at the
University of Rhode Island, to discuss the media’s role in bridging differences
in a diverse society.
RICJ is pleased to announce
the 2018 award winners, selected from nominations by media and the public by an
independent panel of judges.
Reynaldo Almonte – Co-Founder, President &
CEO, Latino Public Radio: In 2005, Mr. Almonte co-founded Latino Public Radio as a
nonprofit, to inform, educate, and entertain a bilingual radio audience with
high-quality programming reflecting the diversity of the Latino community. Mr. Almonte has led the day-to-day operations
of the station and is a constant presence in the community, covering breaking
news, politics and events.
Sarah Francis – Editor, Rhode Island Monthly: Ms.
Francis has been editor of Rhode Island Monthly since 2005, as its readership
and prominence has grown. She is
responsible for many of the best-loved issues such as Best of Rhode Island. She is also known for making it a priority to
publish deep dives into difficult subjects, and as a mentor and sounding board
to the magazine’s talented writers.
G. Wayne Miller – Staff Writer, The Providence
Journal: Mr. Miller
is known for his public service writing on social issues, particularly
children’s and adult mental health, and for working in multiple media. Co-founder and co-host of the “Story in the
Public Square” radio show and podcast, a filmmaker and author of 17 books, he
is also a visiting fellow at the Pell Center at Salve Regina University.
Casey Nilsson – Writer/Associate Editor, Rhode
Island Monthly: In her work, Ms. Nilsson has
drawn attention to often forgotten residents of our state, covering topics such
as illegal labor conditions for people with disabilities, incarcerated women in
recovery from addiction and Syrian refugees settling in Rhode Island. She has
become known for creating in-depth, emotionally moving feature stories. She is a 2018 Associate of Health Care
Dr. Pablo Rodriguez – Co-Founder and Chairman,
Latino Public Radio: Dr. Rodriguez co-founded Latino Public Radio (LPR) in 2005.
He has dedicated the last thirteen years to delivering quality bilingual programming
especially focused on health, education, business and politics, and to
providing vision, direction and leadership for the initiative. This is in addition to his “day job” as a
physician at Women’s Care and clinical associate professor at Brown University,
and his work in philanthropy and advocacy.
Karen Lee Ziner – (Retired) Staff Writer, The
Providence Journal: Ms. Ziner joined
the Providence Journal staff in 1979. Her general assignment career at the
Journal included immigration coverage, which became her passion. Ms. Ziner’s
1992 series on Cambodian refugees returning home from Thai border camps won an
Overseas Press Club of America award, and over the years, she has won multiple