Henni Espinosa of TFC’s Balitang America to receive BAYAN-USA’s Media Bayani award

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Joins SF Supervisor Mar, Bayanihan & Filipino Community Centers as 2011 community awardees

Henni Espinosa covering a rally joined by Filipino workers against Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Francisco in December 2010 (Courtesy of Balitang America).

Underscoring the dedication to journalistic excellence and integrity in serving the Filipinos worldwide, Balitang America senior reporter Henni Espinosa was named the lone Filipino media awardee by BAYAN-USA for the latter’s 6th anniversary celebration.

Underscoring the dedication to journalistic excellence and integrity in serving the Filipinos worldwide, Balitang America senior reporter Henni Espinosa was named the lone Filipino media awardee by BAYAN-USA for the latter’s 6th anniversary celebration, to be held this Friday, February 4, at the Bayanihan Community Center in San Francisco.

Espinosa will receive the Media Bayani (Media Hero) award for her eight years of service as a reporter covering California for Balitang America, the only nightly news program for the Filipino community aired in North America via ABS-CBN International's The Filipino Channel (TFC). Other recipients of the awards from BAYAN-USA are San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar (Serve the People award) and the Bayanihan and Filipino Community Centers (Community Roots award). Also to be honored at the event are Raquel Redondiez and Kawal Ulanday, founding Secretary General and Chair of BAYAN-USA, respectively.

Espinosa has extensively covered the plight of the Filipino World War II Veterans and their widows, the abuse of Filipino caregivers and hotel workers, the struggle of low-income families and seniors in the South of Market in San Francisco, the fear of undocumented Filipinos from being deported and the Filipino-American activists' call to end corruption and human rights violations in the Philippines, among others.

Many of Espinosa’s stories also shed light on issues affecting mainstream America today, such as unemployment, foreclosures and homelessness.

Espinosa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Communication at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City and a Masters Degree in Communication at the Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

BAYAN-USA is an alliance of progressive Filipino groups in the U.S. representing organizations of students, scholars, women, workers, and youth. It was in San Francisco, six years ago, that progressive Filipino American organizations from across the U.S. founded this alliance. Since then, BAYAN-USA has strengthened its organizing and campaign efforts and deepened its relationships with the Filipino-American community, communities of color, and working class communities. It has swelled its ranks to 14 organizations nationwide.

About ABS-CBN International
ABS-CBN International was created over 15 years ago to be of service to all Filipinos. With the launch of The Filipino Channel (TFC), the company became the first and most successful Filipino broadcaster in the U.S. The company offers telecommunication, retail, theatricals, money remittance and cargo services, online audio and video streaming, IPTV, On Demand, along with philanthropic support for Filipinos and the communities they now call home. Based in Redwood City, Calif., ABS-CBN International is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation, the Philippines’ multimedia company. For more information, visit http://www.abs-cbnglobal.com and http://www.balitangamerica.tv

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