CNN’s Jim Acosta to headline Hispanic journalists’ gala
CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta will be in San Antonio July 15 to speak at the 19th annual San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists’ Scholarship & Awards Gala.
The black-tie-optional event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St.
SAAHJ will award $40,000 in scholarships. For the first time, eligibility has been expanded to students who live beyond Bexar County in surrounding counties.
Acosta, who has been at the center of pointed exchanges with President Donald Trump over his charges of “fake news,” is based at CNN’s Washington bureau. He has been a familiar sight at presidential press conferences, visits by heads of state and at breaking news events.
He followed Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, was embedded in the Mitt Romney Republican presidential campaign and covered both of President Barack Obama’s inaugurations. Acosta continues to serve as a substitute anchor for the cable news network.
While in San Antonio, Acosta will receive SAAHJ’s Corazón de Oro Award, given to individuals or institutions whose work has been recognized nationally for excellence and whose example serves as an inspiration to others. Previous winners include filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and Grammy winners Vikki Carr and Little Joe Hernandez.
Two other awards will be bestowed July 15.
John W. Gonzalez, retired political reporter for the San Antonio Express-New whose career spanned 45 years, will receive the Henry Guerra Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Journalism.
The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, known as RAICES, will receive the SAAHJ’s Community Service Award for its work in aiding and representing refugees and immigrants.
Tables of eight are available for $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000; email email@example.com or call (210) 250-3402. Individual tickets are $125 and are available online at saahj.ticketbud.com.
Deadline for scholarship applications has been extended to May 17.
Scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 are available to full-time college students and college-bound high school seniors who live in Bexar and the surrounding counties of Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson.
The scholarship program is open to students of all ethnic and socioeconomic levels pursuing journalism or communications-related degrees, including film. Scholarships are open to students attending universities at home or anywhere else in the United States.