Tom Arviso Jr.
The publisher of the award-winning Navajo Times newspaper will spotlight newsroom diversity in a public lecture Monday, Oct. 22, sponsored by the University of Arizona School of Journalism.
Tom Arviso Jr., a Navajo and the chief executive officer of the Navajo Times Publishing Company, will emphasize why newsrooms and journalism education must remain diligent in diversifying the field. His talk, “The Story Tellers of Today and Tomorrow: A Discussion About the Need for More Journalists of Color in Newsrooms Across the USA,” will be held Monday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Architecture Building, Room 103. The talk, sponsored by the UA School of Journalism’s Native American Journalists Association, is free and open to the public.
Arviso was hired as the editor of the Navajo Times in October 1988 and assumed the duties of editor and publisher in 1993. He majored in journalism at Arizona State University and Mesa Community College. Arviso was a sports writer and news reporter with the Navajo Times Today, the first and only Native American owned daily newspaper, from 1984 to 1986. Prior to that, Arviso wrote for The Arizona Indian, a monthly publication based in Phoenix.
He is a former board vice president and treasurer of the Native American Journalists Association’s Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Arizona Newspapers Association’s Board of Directors.
In 2009 the UA School of Journalism honored Arviso with its John Peter and Anna Catherine Zenger Award, which recognizes individuals committed to freedom of information and the people’s right to know. Arviso also is the 1998 recipient of the Arizona Newspapers Association with the “Freedom of Information Award.”
Arviso received a John S. Knight Fellowship in Journalism in 2000-2001 and studied newspaper management at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. He is the first and only Native American to have been selected for a Knight Fellowship.