CUNAHJ 2017-2018 Board
President: Christian Colón and Miguel Amaya
Vice President: Caterina Barbera
Secretary: Isabella Rolz
Treasurer: Sara Samora
Chapter Liaison: Lisette Arevalo
Social Media Coordinator: Natalie Cardenas
Web Master: Lorena Rios
Christian Colón grew up in West Haven, Connecticut and is the son of Puerto Rican parents. He hopes to continue serving the Latino community by becoming a correspondent in Latin America. He earned his B.S. degree in Journalism and Criminal Justice at Sacred Heart University in 2017. During his undergraduate, he interned at local, national and international television networks where he continued to polish his reporting skills. At Columbia, Christian is focused on honing his print, video and on camera presence skills. As a leader of NAHJ, he will make sure his fellow classmates are informed on Hispanic culture and provide a place where anyone can feel free to express themselves.
Miguel Amaya was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He attended the University of Miami where he earned a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Administration. Professionally, Amaya has worked in the public sector for organizations such as: Miami-Dade County Health Department, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Doral. He is currently a full-time M.S. student at Columbia Journalism School where he is studying broadcast journalism, with a focus in politics and national security.
Caterina Barbera was born and raised in Viña del Mar, Chile. She attended Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, where she studied Journalism and was selected valedictorian of her class. Caterina has worked for Megavision Chile as a reporter for seven years. She started as an intern writing news stories and later joined the news features department. Before starting her Master’s in Journalism at Columbia University, she joined Megavision Chile’s investigative team as a filmmaker/reporter where she focused in politics, corruption and social justice. At the Journalism School, she specializes in Documentary Filmmaking.
Isabella Rolz is a Guatemalan journalist. At Columbia Journalism School, Isabella focuses on learning how to become a multi-platform reporter. Prior to coming to Columbia she worked at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris as a communications specialist for the Permanent Delegation of Guatemala to UNESCO. Her work has been published in The Borgen Project, Elite Daily and various blogs. She holds a B.A in International Affairs and Political Science at Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She is passionate about education, global poverty, Latin America, women’s rights and international issues.
Sara Samora is a Tejana and journalist living her dream in New York City. She joined the Marine Corps at the age of 28 and served from 2009 to 2013, and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan and Camp Pendleton, California, working as an administrator. Afterward, she earned a dual degree in English literature and journalism at the University of Houston. Now, she is pursuing an M.S. degree at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She wants to write about social justice and veteran issues.
Lisette Arevalo was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. She is a Toni Stabile fellow at Columbia University. Lisette graduated from Universidad San Francisco de Quito with a B.A. in multimedia journalism. She worked as a newspaper reporter in Ecuador for El Comercio and El Hoy. In 2015, Lisette became a junior editor for GK, an Ecuadorian digital magazine focused on narrative journalism.She has attended different workshops with journalists Leila Guerriero, Óscar Martínez and Daniel Alarcón at Fundación para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano Gabriel García Márquez. Her work has focused on gender violence, politics, data journalism and fact-checking.
Social Media Coordinator
Natalie Cardenas was born and raised in Miami to Peruvian immigrant parents. She is proud of her Latin heritage and has worked at immigration law firms for a number of years. It was here that she became passionate about immigration reform and her clients’ stories. Previously Natalie was a Politics and Culture intern for Latina Magazine, a writer for Her Campus UFL and a reporter for Noticias WUFT. After graduation she hopes to get a job for a digital publication covering politics and culture with a particular focused on Latino immigration in the United States.
Lorena Ríos Treviño is an independent journalist formerly based in Cairo and Istanbul. She covered life and culture in Egypt’s capital in the aftermath of the military coup that ousted President Mohamed Morsi. In Turkey she covered the Syrian crisis through the experiences of refugees, and the effects of polarization on Turkish society. She is interested in documenting displacement and telling underrepresented stories. During her time at Columbia University, Lorena is learning multimedia skills, such as video and audio, and covering immigrant communities in New York City. She produces work in English and Spanish and is studying Arabic.