Alum Echavarri shares national diversity award

Fernanda Echavarri accepts the Dori Maynard Award for Diversity. (Photo by Kellen Hazelip)

Perla Trevizo (Photo by Ricky Wiley/Arizona Daily Star)


Fernanda Echavarri, a 2007 UA School of Journalism graduate, and Perla Trevizo of the Arizona Daily Star captured the national Dori Maynard Award for Diversity in Journalism from the American Society of News Editors.

"This is a big, big deal," said Jill Jorden Spitz, senior editor for the Star and a 1988 J-school grad, in a Facebook post.

Echavarri, now a producer with NPR's "Latino USA" in New York City, accepted the award in Philadelphia on Sept. 13, with Trevizo on a fellowship in Germany.

The two, along with 2011 J-school grad Mike Christy of the Star, collaborated on "Divided by Law" ( when Echavarri worked at Arizona Public Media.

The project, about how immigration law separated four U.S. children from their mother, also won the 2016 Edward R. Murrow Award for best small-market radio news documentary. 

Echavarri also captured a Rocky Mountain Emmy in 2014. She began her career as a reporter at the Tucson Citizen and at the Star.

Christy was a finalist for Photographer of the Year at this year's Arizona Press Club Awards, and he captured four first-place photo awards last year from the Arizona Newspapers Association.

Trevizo, an award-winning border reporter for the Star, assessed the global crisis of refugees and migrants during a Feb. 18, 2016, panel discussion in Tucson titled "Besieged Borders," presented by the school's Center for Border & Global Journalism. The panel included Rod Nordland of The New York Times and UA journalism professor Mort Rosenblum.

Published Date: 

09/14/2016 - 7:18pm