Carly Luque, President
I first got involved with NAHJ in 2015. During that time, I was instrumental in organizing and executing WBBM-TV’s involvement with the NAHJ Job Fair. During my term as Vice President of NAHJ Chicago, I chaired both the Job Fair and Scholarship Committees. During the 2016-2017 year, the chapter raised enough money to give three students $2,000 journalism scholarships and one student a $500 multimedia scholarship. The following year, the chapter awarded three $2,000 scholarships. As president of the chapter, the scholarship fundraiser has grown each year.
Chicago has become a NAHJ model chapter with my guidance. The chapter partnership with NABJ has executed a successful joint job fair since 2018. I have also met with university students and chapters, encouraging them to apply for scholarships and follow their dreams of becoming journalists. My focus is to gain more chapter members and continue to organize events to keep Latinos connected with current and future journalists.
Marissa Parra, Vice President
Hey NAHJ! My name is Marissa Parra, I’m a reporter with CBS Chicago and it’s a privilege to be your new Vice President. I’m a proud American Bolivian and I’ve been a part of NAHJ Chicago since I moved here for the job in 2019. As I grow older I feel more compelled to help budding Latino journalists rise up like others did for me — whether it be through scholarships or mentorship.
If you have an idea of how we can better serve you and our neighbors, don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Twitter or Instagram @MarParNews. I look forward to hearing from you and further growing our community here in The Windy City!
Paulina Wysocka, Treasurer
Paulina Wysocka is an on-air personality in Chicago, IL. Born to a Polish mother and Latino father, she was raised on the southwest side of Chicago. Paulina can be heard on “The Fred Show” Monday-Friday from 5AM to 10 AM. Paulina launched her own podcast on iHeartRadio called “unEntitled”, where she showcases millennials doing amazing things and following their dreams all over the country.
Paulina is heavily involved with local charities and community events throughout the city. Paulina has teamed up with Healthy Hood Chicago to launch “Get Your Mind Right: Therapy For The Hood”, with the sole mission to provide mental health services to underserved communities. Paulina loves nothing more than to give back to the city that raised her.
Diana Gutierrez, Secretary
Diana Gutierrez is the morning anchor for WISN 12 News’ weekday shows starting at 4:30 a.m. and 12 News at 11 a.m.
Diana is a Mexican-American Chicago native. Born to immigrant parents, she is bilingual and speaks fluent Spanish.
Born on the Chicago’s Southwest side, Diana understands the importance of unbiased journalism and is passionate about storytelling.
She discovered her passion for journalism while she was studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. Soon after, as a first-generation college graduate, she received her bachelor’s degree from DePaul University. She kicked off her career in South Bend, Indiana, where she was a weekday multimedia journalist and weekend morning anchor.
During her free time she likes to stay active, binge watch her favorite show and spend time with her family and Yorkiepoo, Nala.
Ismael Pérez is an editorial board member and columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University-Kingsville in Texas, and joined the Sun-Times in 2019 as an audience engagement specialist.
Pérez has worked as social media editor for the San Antonio Express-News and as breaking news/entertainment reporter for the Victoria Advocate.
He is a proud son of Mexican immigrants and Spanish was his first language. In each past journalism job, there has been a person who has helped him excel. He hopes to do that for other Latino journalists through NAHJ.