Henry Guerra Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Journalism
Launched in 2001, this award is named after San Antonio broadcast pioneer, community leader and local historian, Henry Guerra.
Potential candidates for this award must be from the San Antonio or South Texas area who is distinguished in the field of journalism who has contributed to improving and enlightening the community at large, effected change for the betterment of the Hispanic community, has served as a “bridge of understanding” between all communities and who has always maintained the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.
|2018||Elaine Ayala||San Antonio Express-News|
|2017||John W. Gonzalez||San Antonio Express-News|
|2016||Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez||University of Texas at Austin|
|2015||Michael Quintanilla||San Antonio Express-News|
|2014||John Quiñones||ABC News|
|2011||Mexican Journalists||Various Media Outlets|
|2009||Maria Elena Torralva-Alonso||San Antonio Light|
|2008||Elizabeth Ruiz||KTSA 550 AM|
|2007||Charles Kilpatrick||San Antonio Express-News|
|2006||Lionel Sosa||Bromley Communications|
|2005||Emilio Nicolas Sr.||KWEX-TV|
|2004||Pedro and Cruz Cortez||Mi Tierra Café|
|2003||Veronica Salazar Escobedo||Hearst Corp.|
|2002||Tino Duran||La Prensa|
Community Service Award
SAAHJ’s Community Service Award is given each year to recognize an exemplary community servant — individual or group — that has made significant contributions to San Antonio or South Texas in a wide range of fields, including the media, education, government, business, arts and culture, politics, science and technology or philanthropy. The individual or group can be actively engaged in such work or be retired from it.
Community Service Award recipients are nominated and voted on by active, dues-paying members of the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists.
|2022||San Antonio Food Bank||San Antonio nonprofit that served families tremendously during the coronavirus pandemic|
|2021||Shea Serrano||San Antonio-native and New York Times best-selling author who advocates for more Latinos in the book publishing industry and beyond|
|2019||Catholic Charities Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc.||Selected for their role in helping reunite Central American migrant parents with their children, who had been separated from them at the U.S.-Mexico border under Trump administration policy.|
|2018||American Indians of Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions||With the Alamo City celebrating its tricentennial in 2018, this group was in the community spotlight.|
|2017||Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)||Headquartered in San Antonio, RAICES is the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas.|
|2016||Maria Antonietta Berriozábal||The first Mexican-American woman elected to the San Antonio City Council|
|2015||Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)||Formed in 1968 and headquartered in San Antonio, MALDEF is a national non-profit civil rights organization that protects the rights of Latinos in the United States|
|2014||Henry Cisneros||Former mayor of San Antonio|
|2012||Father David Garcia|
|2010||Rosie Castro||Political activist and the mother of U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro|
|2009||Chicano Walkout Students of 1968|
|2008||Patricia Diaz Dennis|