My Latino Voice, a Web site focused on Latino news and culture, has named Shirley Velasquez editor-in-chief.
Velasquez is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a senior reporter at Glamour magazine since 2003. During her time at the Condé Nast pub, Velasquez worked on a number of influential pieces including on story that required her to go undercover as an undocumented factory worker.
She also made news in 2006 over a controversial Q&A with Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai, solidifying her reputation as a probing reporter not afraid to ask tough questions or delve into challenging topics — like the poor treatment of women in Afghanistan — even though she worked for a magazine that is considered by many to be merely about fashion.
Throughout her career, Velasquez has also worked for CNN, Ellegirl, Publisher’s Weekly, Latina, Ms. Magazine, InStyle and The South China Morning Post.
“There are so many inspiring and dramatic stories about Latinos that remain untold,” Velasquez said. “My Latino Voice publishes stories that take a 360 degree look at the lives of Latinos in America in a way that nobody else is doing, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”
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ï»¿ï»¿Former Glamour Reporter, Editor and Award Winning Latina Journalist Shirley Velasquez to Take the Helm of My Latino Voice and WikiLatino
(New York, NY): Mi Apogeo, Inc. CEO Rosa Alonso announced today that award winning journalist and editor, Shirley Velasquez, will be the new Editor-in-Chief of My Latino Voice and WikiLatino.
Velasquez, 33, brings a powerful combination of editorial, journalistic and life experience to the helm of the fastest growing online destination for Latino news and culture.
Most recently Velasquez was the senior Reporter for Conde Nast’s Glamour magazine where, from 2003 to 2009, she distinguished herself as an important, award winning, multi-lingual journalist, writer and editor.
Some of Velasquez’s most notable accomplishments at Glamour include working undercover as an undocumented factory hand for which she won an EMMA award for journalism by the National Women’s Political Caucus; traveling to Argentina to report on the crusade by Susana Veron to make sex trafficking a crime in that country; and writing a story on three daughters of high-ranking Scientology members who started a website offering help and information to people who want to leave the faith. She also helped produce Mariane Pearl’s Global Diary column, and interviewed countless newsmakers and luminaries such as Padma Lakshmi, Warrick Dunn, Shakira, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Velasquez has also worked in various journalistic, editorial and producing capacities for media outlets such as CNN, Ellegirl, Publisher’s Weekly, Latina, Ms. Magazine, InStyle, and the South China Morning Post.
“My Latino Voice is the single online destination for everything American Latino,” says Alonso. “Shirley’s world-class editorial skill, hard won journalistic credentials, and life experiences as an American Latina make her an invaluable Editor-in-Chief. They ensure that both My Latino Voice and WikiLatino continue to be indispensable when it comes to delivering culturally relevant online content for American Latinos and for anyone interested in how our culture weaves into the fabric of American society as a whole.”
“There are so many inspiring and dramatic stories about Latinos that remain untold,” says Velasquez. “I am excited to help bring these powerful and incredibly relevant anecdotes out into the open in order to inform and entertain readers of all backgrounds. My Latino Voice publishes stories that take a 360 degree look at the lives of Latinos in America in a way that nobody else is doing, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”
Velasquez, a Queens, New York native and daughter of Colombian parents, lives in Manhattan with her husband Leo Krymkier.