Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals celebrate 30 years 

I fell in love with Journalism when I was eight years old. I remember getting in trouble because I would rush home and go straight to turn on the TV to watch Oprah. Yes, it all started with Oprah. My mom would turn the TV off and say that was to mature for me to watch but as soon as she would leave the room I would lower the volume and watch Oprah. 

I grew up pretending to interview people using my hair brushes and talking in front of the mirror. I even had an old tape recorder where I would record my voice and then record music from my bomb box to the recorder, I guess I thought I was a radio DJ. LOL. 

When it came to graduating High School and going to College, I was scared. I was the first in my family to attend College. I had no idea what the steps were to get into a University and absolutely no clue on how I was going to get in the TV business but all I knew was it would somehow work out.

During the summer after my High School graduation my mom heard of HAHMP through Univisions community affair show, “Nuestra Vida” (I honestly didn’t pay attention to my mother) that same summer I took a trip to Austin for a graduation party where I ran into an old friend, Ariana Romero, who happened to be the Vice President of the organization at the time and urged for me to join. When I got back to Houston I signed up, went to my first meeting which took place at Univision and the rest is history. 

Thanks to this organization I was able to network with professionals in the industry, obtain an internship which was on the same show where my mom first heard of the organization, become friends with my mentors and even land my first real job. 

This organization continues to remind me about the importance of helping our future Journalist. Today I am honored to be part of the board and this year serve as the Gala Chair in which we celebrated 30 years of our organization in service. I know bigger and greater things are coming for this organization and can’t wait to be part of every moment.

Here are some pictures from the Gala:


2016 HAHMP Board, Thank you April for taking me under your wing! 


We took it back 30 years to the 80s! 


Yes! That’s pop rocks in our chocolate truffle.


Mixing the best in music, DJ Athenz, you’re the best! 


We even had a snapchat filter…hey! Thanks Yessy for all your help.


Madonna and Boy George made a guest appearance. Shout out to Carlitos who I met at my first HAHMP meeting and has been my sidekick ever since! 


My girls! Thanks for always supporting me in everything that I do. Las quiero! 

Interested in joining HAHMP? Please visit HAHMP here

Until next time,

💗Viri

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