For immediate release
August 16, 2006
Chad Campbell, NPR
Washington, D.C.; August 16, 2006 – NPR News’ Mandalit del Barco will be awarded the 2006 National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) radio journalism award for her reporting on Hurricane Katrina and Central American gangs. Del Barco, an NPR National Desk reporter based in Los Angeles, also won the award in 2004 and 2002. The NAHJ Journalism Awards honor Latino journalists for excellence in their specialized fields of work or any journalist for their outstanding coverage of the Latino community.
Del Barco was chosen for her report on Hurricane Katrina entitled “Relocated Children Make Home in Houston,” which aired on Morning Edition on September 6, 2005, and her report on a Central American gang entitled “Latino Street Gang Mara Salvatrucha,” which aired on News & Notes with Ed Gordon on April 19, 2005. For the Houston report, del Barco interviewed several young Hurricane Katrina evacuees from New Orleans trying to cope with their harrowing journeys. In her other award-winning story, del Barco reported from Los Angeles, El Salvador and Honduras about a federal crackdown against a Latino street gang involved in murder, drug smuggling and human trafficking. The audio for both reports is available at www.NPR.org.
Based at NPR West in Culver City, CA, del Barco has covered stories on a wide variety of topics ranging from immigration, race relations, police, and street gangs to Latino politics, Hollywood, and urban street culture. She has also produced half-hour documentaries about gangs in Central America, Latino hip hop, L.A. Homegirls, Frida Kahlo, New York's Palladium ballroom, and Puerto Rican "Casitas." Her news reports and feature stories filed from Los Angeles and abroad can be heard on NPR newsmagazines: All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition Saturday, and Day to Day.
To listen to past stories from del Barco, visit www.NPR.org.
Del Barco will be given her award at NAHJ's 21st “Noche de Triunfos” Journalism Awards Gala on October 5 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.