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NAMIC to Honor Maria Elena Salinas With Mickey Leland Award

The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications will honor Noticiero Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas with its 2016 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award, the diversity organization announced Thursday.

The award, named after the Texas Congressman and given to an executive for their lifelong advocacy in social justice and equality for people around the world, will be given to Salinas as part of the May 18 NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast at the INTX Show in Boston.

"NAMIC is pleased to continue paying tribute to Congressman Leland's legacy, by honoring Maria Elena Salinas, a true humanitarian and diversity champion within the field of journalism," said Eglon E. Simon, president and CEO, NAMIC.

R. Thomas Umstead
R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.