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CUNY-TV's Nueva York with Lehman Professor Patricio Lerzundi Wins Two New York Emmy Awards

April 30, 2010

Professor Patricio Lerzundi

CUNY-TV's Nueva York, co-hosted by Lehman Professor Patricio Lerzundi, has been recognized with two New York Emmy Awards, winning the prize for the second consecutive year. The awards were presented on April 18 at the fifty-third annual awards ceremony.

The thirty-minute magazine program, broadcast in Spanish with English subtitles, won for its "Best of the Season" compilation episode and for a special segment, "Hispanic Woman's First Time Voting." The segment documented one Dominican woman's journey to citizenship that ended with her participation in the 2008 presidential election.

In one of the many segments that explore the rich and diverse threads woven by the Latino communities in New York City, Dr. Lerzundi remembers legendary light-heavyweight world champion and sports critic José "Chegüí" Torres, who died recently at the age of 72.

Dr. Lerzundi, who chairs Lehman's Department of Journalism, Communication, and Theatre, co-hosts the program with Mexican novelist and Distinguished Lecturer Carmen Boullosa of The City College. Prior to joining Lehman, he was features editor of United Press International and editor-in-chief of a daily Spanish-language newspaper in New York and wrote the first style and reference manual for Latino journalists in the U.S. At Lehman, he was instrumental in establishing the multilingual journalism program, which is the first of its kind in the country.

Accepting the awards for CUNY-TV were Robert Isaacson, CUNY-TV's executive director, Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations Jay Hershenson, and City College Professor Jerry Carlson, who is senior producer at CUNY-TV. Nueva York produces two episodes each month and broadcasts weekly over Channel 75 on Thursday at 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., and on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.