CJA associate board director named one of “top” Latina journalists

Lyanne Alfaro

The Chicago Journalists Association would like to congratulate its associate board director, Lyanne Alfaro, for being named one of the Huffington Post’s top 15 young Latinas in American newsrooms.

As an associate social media producer for CNBC, Alfaro uses various tools – such as Facebook Live, Snapchat and Instagram – to tell stories, which primarily focus on young entrepreneurs, in new ways.

“I’m humbled to be on the list,” Alfaro said. “I also think there’s a lot of young Latinas doing amazing work in American newsrooms. They inspire me every day.”

Alfaro graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015 and joined CNBC later that year. She recently wrote about her experiences with the award-winning team.

“I’m so happy and proud of Lyanne,” said CJA associate board chairman Stephanie Choporis. “If she has already accomplished this much in her young career, we will be seeing much more of her.”

Alfaro was one of the associate board’s earliest directors and also ran for vice president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ New York chapter last fall.

“The list … speaks to how important it is to have women and people of color in newsrooms,” Alfaro said. “It’s more than having diversity of thought – it’s about having reporters that represent what [the] U.S. actually looks like.”

Alfaro will be leading the associate board’s first workshop Saturday, Feb. 25, on how to tell effective stories through different social platforms. The hands-on event is open to Chicago-area students and recent graduates pursuing a journalism career. Interested individuals can RSVP with Choporis at stephanie@chicagojournalists.net to secure a spot.