Local stations WNBC and WNJU have named Ofelia Castiblanco their new director of community affairs for NBC Local Media New York and Telemundo 47.
Castiblanco, who started at WNBC as an intern, is taking over responsibilities currently overseen by the station’s VP of Press & Public Affairs, Anna Carbonell, who is retiring. Since 1989, Castiblanco worked her way up at the station to become manager of station relations for both WNBC and WNJU.
In her previous roles, Castiblanco has had to work closely with local and national community groups. She is also a member of the Hispanic Heritage Youth Foundation and the NBC Universal Foundation Community Affairs Council and has received numerous awards from charitable organizations that have recognized her commitment to the community.
Full release after the jump
OFELIA CASTIBLANCO NAMED DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, WNBC AND WNJU
New York City, New York — January 12, 2010 — Ofelia Castiblanco has been promoted to Director of Community Affairs for NBC Local Media New York and Telemundo 47, effective immediately; it was announced today by Tom O’Brien, President and General Manager of NBC Local Media New York and Carlos Sanchez, President and General Manager of WNJU.
In her new role Castiblanco will be responsible for the development and execution of WNBC and WNJU’s comprehensive and award winning community affairs initiatives. Ofelia is assuming the Community Affairs responsibilities currently held by Anna Carbonell, Vice President of Press & Public Affairs for NBC Local Media New York, who recently announced her retirement.
Castiblanco began her career at WNBC as an intern and held roles of increasing responsibility since 1989, including Manager of Stations Relations for WNBC and WNJU where she generated strong ties with both local and national community based groups.
She has been recognized for her strong commitment to excellence, diversity and volunteerism. Castiblanco has received numerous accolades from her peers and community groups including New York Cares, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Latino Commission on AIDS. She was awarded the Casa Puebla Award for outstanding community efforts, is a recipient of the Circle of Achievers’ Award from ASPIRA, as well as being recognized with an “NBC Universal/GE Award” for her commitment to volunteerism.
In addition, Castiblanco is a member of the Hispanic Heritage Youth Foundation and the NBC Universal Foundation Community Affairs Council.
A native of Colombia, Castiblanco attended the City University of New York (C.U.N.Y) majoring in Business Administration. She and her two boys reside in Queens, New York.