Miami Herald Vice President/Executive Editor Aminda Marqués Gonzalez to be Keynote Speaker at Philbin Awards
by Jessica D. Smith
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Stephen Philbin Awards Luncheon, which was started in 1983 by the Dallas Bar Association to recognize local news journalists for their excellence in legal reporting. Come help us celebrate this year’s event on Monday, October 7, 2013 at the Belo Mansion.
The luncheon is a way to honor not only the local media, but also the memory of Stephen Philbin who lost his battle with leukemia in 1982. A long-time member of the Dallas Bar Association and a partner with Locke, Purnell, Boren, Laney & Neely, at the time of his death, Mr. Philbin was a leading authority on media law in Texas. He advised major publications and broadcast companies on libel law, regulations and licensing of broadcast properties, and fair comment rulings.
In honor of his contributions to media law in the Dallas area, the Philbin and Brock families, acting through the Dallas Bar Foundation, fund the annual Philbin Awards, with the DBA Media Relations Committee coordinating the event.
Entries range from major TV news networks and affiliates to radio stations to both print and on-line news from the area’s large metro newspapers, magazines and suburban publications.
The winners will be announced at the Stephen Philbin Awards Luncheon on Monday, October 7, at the Pavilion at the Belo Mansion. The luncheon is open to judges and lawyers and all members of the media.
The keynote speaker for the luncheon is Aminda Marqués Gonzalez,Executive Editor and Vice President of The Miami Herald—the second woman and first Hispanic to hold the position. Ms. Gonzalez began her journalism career in 1986 as a reporter. She covered everything from the Hialeah Santeria case that made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court to the migrant workers in South Dade. In 2002, Ms. Gonzalez left The Miami Herald to become the Miami Bureau Chief for People Magazine, handling national breaking news, enterprise and celebrity coverage in the southeastern United States, the Caribbean and Latin American.
She returned to The Miami Herald in 2007 to work on the launch of a local entertainment website, Miami.com. As an editor, Ms. Gonzalez helped run government coverage and oversaw the city desk, state desk and Neighbors as Deputy Metro Editor. In 2011, she helped lead the paper to a Pulitzer Prize finalist for their coverage of the Haiti earthquake. Overall, The Miami Herald has won 20 Pulitzers. In 2012, Mindy was elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board.
A graduate of the University of Florida, Ms. Gonzalez, lives in Davie, Florida with her husband and their two children.
DBA members can reserve their seats now for the 2013 Stephen Philbin Awards Luncheon on Monday, October 7. To receive the early bird rate of $40 per ticket or $400 per table of 10, register by September 13. After September 13, tickets increase to $45; and tables of 10 can be purchased for $450. No walk-ins will be allowed. Don’t miss this exciting event! Purchase your ticket by logging on to www.dallasbar.org or by contacting Judi Smalling at email@example.com.
Jessica D. Smith is the DBA’s Communications/Media Director. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.