NDNU Senior Wins CNN Sponsored Journalism Scholarship
Belmont, CA, March 4, 2008 — Notre Dame de Namur senior Andres Caballero will travel to New York City later this month to receive a $3,000 journalism scholarship award from Cable News Network (CNN) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
To win the scholarship, Caballero, 21, submitted articles he wrote while doing an internship in 2007 for the Hispanic Link News Service is Washington, D.C. The articles focused on Hispanic aspects of several national stories. One concerned the failures of FEMA to assist a small Hispanic community in north Florida impacted heavily by Hurricane Katrina. Another concerned the controversy over a PBS special that focused on the contributions minorities made to the war effort in World War II but failed to mention the 300,000 – 400,000 Hispanic-Americans who fought in the war. After returning to school he also filed a story about the November protest over the School of the Americas at Ft. Benning, GA. His stories were picked up by newspapers across the country, including The News Observer-(NC), TriCity Herald- NJ, The Bellingham Herald (WA), Scripps Howard News (DC), Knoxville News(TN), The Reporter-San Francisco (story about school of the Americas), The Modesto Bee, Free Republic Press of Atlantic City, the Beufort Gazette (SC), Maynard Institute of Education and the Sacramento Bee,
“I’m really honored to win this award for some of the work I did during my internship with the Hispanic Link News Service. It was an exciting time for me and really showed me what a career in journalism will be like,” said Caballero, who wants to pursue a career in journalism. He added that his colleagues at the Hispanic Link urged him to apply for the award.
Caballero, a native of Argentina and an all-Pac West forward on the NDNU men’s soccer team, will receive the award on March 13 at an awards dinner at the New York Hilton Hotel, hosted by ABC's Primetime co-anchor John Quiñones and CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien. Caballero will graduate in May with a degree in Political Science and minors in Business Administration and Communications.