Isaac Cubillos Editor and Founder HispanicVista.com La Mesa, CA
The Society of Professional Journalists recently named HispanicVista.com's LatinoBeat.net the Internet's "Best Online News Site." In addition, the Hispanic Online Association named the site its May 1999 HOLA award winner. Mr. Cubillos created the site to focus on stories of interest to Hispanic Web users. A former editor of California Prisoner, a legal newspaper, he is the co-founder of the California Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE) and Prison Watch. His is currently a guest lecturer at the University of California on criminal justice issues, and he appears frequently on radio news shows.
Oscar De La Hoya Boxer
The "Golden Boy" of boxing rules the welterweight division and is regarded as one of the most recognized and likable athletes in the world. He has won five championships in four weight divisions, with a current record of 31-0 and 25 knockouts. He recently won "ultimate revenge" from six-time champion Julio Cesar Chavez. His fights racked up some of the best pay-per-view numbers in the sport, and he has endorsement deals with Levi's, MCI WorldCom, Colgate-Palmolive, McDonald's, and Puma.
Frank del Olmo Associate Editor Los Angeles Times Los Angeles, CA
Following his promotion to associate editor of the Los Angeles Times, this Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist took the lead in making the paper Hispanic-friendly. Under his direction, 10 new beats were created to cover the Hispanic community in Southern California. Mr. del Olmo continues to write columns for the Times Op-Ed page. He serves on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Junot Diaz Author New York, NY
The critically acclaimed author received a 1999 Guggenheim Fellowship. In June, The New Yorker listed him among the 20 best young fiction writers in the country. His first story collection, Drown (1996), has sold translation rights in 15 countries. His stories appeared in the Best of American Fiction '99, edited by Amy Tan. He currently teaches creative writing at Syracuse University and is at work on a novel forthcoming from Riverhead and Vintage Espaņol.
Nelson Diaz Chairman Hispanic Caucus of the Democratic National Committee, Philadelphia, PA
A seat on the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee means that Nelson Diaz will wield considerable clout during the current election cycle. As chairman of the party's Hispanic Caucus, he will handle outreach to the Hispanic constituency. A partner with the law firm of Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP, Mr. Diaz serves on the boards of the World Affairs Council, Temple University, and the National Puerto Rican Coalition. He has served as general counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and was the first Hispanic judge in Pennsylvania.
Lincoln Diaz-Balart Congressman, 21st District, Miami, FL
Cuban-born Lincoln Diaz-Balart serves on the powerful House Rules Committee, where he consistently pushes legislation on immigration and international relations. He drafted much of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act, which tightened the U.S. embargo against Cuba. In November 1998, Mr. Diaz-Balart was re-elected to the House of Representatives with 75 percent of the vote, the highest margin of victory of any contested congressional race in the state.
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