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At least four people have been hired as a result of the recent National Association of Hispanic Journalists Chicago Job Fair.

Over 100 students and young professionals attended the fair that was held in June at DePaul University’s downtown campus.

Applicants had the rare opportunity to speak one-on-one with news directors, editors, reporters and human resources representatives from Chicago’s leading news agencies…all in one room.

The Associated Press announced it has hired two candidates from the fair.

Valeria Badillo, formerly of Univision Chicago…and DePaul graduate Sanjana Karanth have both been taken on as News Associates.

CBS 2 Chicago hired Medill graduate and former Reuters freelancer Renita Young as a web editor.

Elvia Malagon also attended the job fair.   The former Times of Northwest Indiana Reporter accepted a reporter position at the Chicago Tribune.

(Disclaimer- The Chicago Tribune was invited but did not participate in our job fair)


A Closer Look at Each Hire

Valeria Badillo
Title: News Associate
Company: Associated Press
Bio: I am a communication studies graduate with a double minor in Spanish and journalism. I have been a part of the media industry since graduating from Eastern Illinois University in 2012. I began my journey at my school’s local radio station Hit-Mix 88.9 WEIU-FM where I was a disc jockey. As on-air talent for Hit-Mix 88.9 WEIU-FM I was able to also report and write my own stories that I announced during our morning show. I began working for Univision as an intern, and was placed at Univision through the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s Minority Internship Program. I was a freelancer for only five months after graduation before I was hired as a full-time employee. I assisted sales, promotions, and production for a little over two years before I was promoted to the promotions department. In promotions I have helped coordinate event details, input promos, and also record and edit video interviews in our Uforia Green Room. I am very excited to take the next step in my career as a News Associate for the Associated Press.
Sanjana Karanth
Title: News Associate
Company: Associated Press Central Region in Chicago
Bio: I grew up in Naperville, Ill. and I attended DePaul University studying journalism. During my time at DePaul, I was involved in the DePaulia, Radio DePaul and 14 East Magazine. I was also involved in internships with the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune before attending the NAHJ job fair and receiving the opportunity to work for AP! In my free time I enjoy watching new TV shows and movies, blogging, podcasting and playing with my dog.
Renita Young
Title: Web Producer
Company: CBS 2 Chicago
Bio: Renita D. Young is a multimedia journalist and new Web Producer at WBBM for its combined TV and radio website, . Young formerly worked with Thomson Reuters, covering breaking crime, education, social justice and politics news happening in the Chicago and Northwestern Indiana area and at the state Capitol. She’s also reported for NBCUniversal, USA Today, WVON-AM 1690, AOL, Today’s Chicago Woman and Jet magazines, and K24TV, Kenya’s first locally-headquartered 24-hour news network. Recently, Young served as a multimedia reporter covering the oil and gas industry, business, entrepreneurship, breaking news and crime for the Pulitzer Prize-winning | The Times-Picayune in South Louisiana. A native Chicagoan, Young is a graduate of both DePaul University’s College of Communication and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Elvia Malagon
Title:  Reporter
Company: Chicago Tribune
Bio: Elvia Malagon is a resident reporter for the Chicago Tribune. She’ll spend the first year covering crime and breaking news overnight. She previously reported on crime and justice for The Times of Northwest Indiana. After graduating from Indiana University, she moved to Lakeland, Florida to work for The Ledger. She is a native of East Chicago, Indiana.

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