The Atlanta Chapter elections committee is pleased to open the ballot to vote on this year's board election. Polls will close on August 11th, at 5 p.m. ET and results will be announced soon after. You can find the list of candidates who appear on the ballot below.

Only current eligible Atlanta Chapter members voters are able to access the ballot. If you're having trouble with the ballot, please contact us at [email protected].

Candidates Statements

President (uncontested):
Ana Johnson
Vice President (uncontested):
Nick Valencia
Financial Officer (uncontested):
Luis Rodriguez
Christopher Abreu
Gabriella Nuñez-Garcia
Paola Suro

At-Large Officer (uncontested):
Dalia Perez

NAHJ professional chapter officers’ general guidelines to keep in mind:

Officers of Professional Chapters 
(a)  Officers. Each professional chapter (i) is required to have a President, a Vice President, a Treasurer and a Secretary and (ii) at the discretion of the Chapter Board also may have a single at-large officer with such responsibilities as the Chapter Board shall determine.
(b)  Qualifications. The offices of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary may be held only by Regular Members in good standing. Any Regular Member, Academic Member or Associate Member, in good standing, may serve as the at-large officer. 
(c)  Holding Multiple Offices. Any elected officer may concurrently hold two or more offices, except that in no event shall the President serve simultaneously as the Treasurer or the Secretary.

(d)  Election. Chapter officers shall be elected annually. The President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary shall be elected by the Regular Members and the Academics Members of the chapter. The at-large officer, if any, shall be elected by the Regular Members, the Academic Members and the Associate Members of the chapter.


• July 26th:  Call for Nominations
• August 2nd: Deadline to submit 1 unique signature before 11:59 p.m. Deadline to become a member in good standing and be eligible to vote
• August 3rd-4th: Vetting process. The Elections Committee will screen candidates. 
• August 7th: Online voting begins (Polls open two weeks before the polls close)
 August 11th: Polls close at 5 p.m. ET and results are announced.


Candidates Statements

Ana Johnson
President Nominee

I am passionate about Hispanic representation in newsrooms and helping people find jobs that are fulfilling in the news industry. This is why I am running as NAHJ Atlanta Chapter President. I believe that the Atlanta chapter can be a place for journalism professionals to support each other, network, gain industry related skills and give back to the community together.

Nick Valencia
Vice President Nominee

​​My name is Nick Valencia and I’m running to be the Vice President of the NAHJ Atlanta Chapter. Many of you know that I was the founding member of this chapter and worked for four years as chapter president. My time serving on the Atlanta board was one of the best times of my life. After stepping away from NAHJ leadership the last few years to start my family, I decided it was time to come back and serve again. Things are different in this city since the last time I served. Our Latino community is more established and there is an even bigger desire for organizations like ours to add value to the city. I hope to continue to help carry the message of inclusivity and use my passion for NAHJ to help invest in the next generation of journalists.


Luis Jaime Rodríguez
Treasurer Nominee


My name is Luis Rodriguez. I am honored and proud to run for the Atlanta Chapter treasurer position. If elected, I look forward to serving to the best of my ability to help this region run as effectively as possible.

Thank you.
Christopher Abreu

Secretary Nominee

Dear NAHJ Atlanta Chapter members:

Saludos! My name is Christopher Abreu, and I am running for the Secretary position of the NAHJ Atlanta Chapter board. I am new around these parts, so I hope this short read can serve as a quick intro to who I am.

I am based in Atlanta, work at CNN, and am originally from NYC. I spent many years in PA as well, and have most of my family up in that region still. I am a Penn State ‘15 and UGA ‘20 grad, and am now trying my hand at a completely new role as Secretary for NAHJ Atlanta Chapter. I went to the NAHJ convention in Miami this year, and truth be told I was really nervous going into it. It was my first one as an attendee, and I really didn’t know what to expect. Fortunately, I was quick to realize how incredible the experience would be. I gained so much admiration and inspiration for all of the Latinos that have trail-blazed their way through the rankings of the broader media industry. The sense of community was palpable. When I reflect on 2023 in the future, this time spent with NAHJ will be one of my highlights.

That feeling of pride and community is what I intend to bring with me into the Atlanta Chapter board, and is the reason why I am running for the position of Secretary. If I can help just one person feel welcome, I know I will have done my job. I look forward to earning your vote and building our community together!
Gabriella Nuñez-Garcia

Secretary Nominee

Saludos NAHJ, I am a new face and a passionate unifier. 

I am running to be NAHJ Atlanta secretary because I believe the metro area needs a “homebase” for Latinx journalists and I’d love to contribute to a resource that can serve as a support system for budding and veteran journalists.

If elected, my goal will be to engage new members and re-engage those who have already been committed to the chapter. I hope to do this with a monthly newsletter, themed-virtual meetups, and fun networking opportunities that focus on taking care of ourselves and each other as we navigate an evolving industry. There are a lot of opportunities to help with professional and personal growth - my hope is to make the chapter a vehicle to realize those opportunities and be a space where our careers meet culture and is celebrated. 

The support and knowledge of Hispanic journalists in this area seems scattered around the metro which ultimately does a disservice for the overarching Atlanta community. My hope is building back our NAHJ community by setting small achievable goals with our chapter leadership and, as secretary, holding us accountable to these initiatives.

My suggested goals are to:

- Review our membership list and collect feedback from those still in the area on what they want to see
- Host a meet-and-greet/happy hour
- Host a mental wellness event/outing that ties to our culture (reggaeton yoga anyone?)
- Create a two-year plan for the chapter
- Create a newsletter with job openings, membership features, National announcements, freelance opportunities and chapter initiatives

But I’m not just here to work on goals leadership may set for the chapter - I’m here to make sure the chapter becomes what members hope to see. I will always be a listening ear and work to serve chapter needs as transparently as possible.

As a five-year member of NAHJ, I humbly ask that you give this Cubanita-Panameñia a chance. We need more #LatinosInNews - and we need to stick together.

With love and croquetas,
Paola Suro

Secretary Nominee

My name is Paola Suro and I'm a bilingual reporter for 11Alive in Atlanta. As NAHJ Atlanta's former secretary, I am running for NAHJ Atlanta Secretary one more time. Hoping to continue the important work we've been doing in our community.

If you have any questions regarding this chapter's election contact Yaneth Guillen-Diaz, Atlanta Chapter Elections Chair. You can also email us at [email protected] with any additional questions.

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