KSAT Digital Journalist Ivan Herrera Named a 2022 Media Icon by the Pride Center of San Antonio

KSAT digital reporter Ivan Herrera has been named the 2022 Media Icon by the San Antonio Pride Center.

Herrera was honored along with other “icons” at a Pride Center ceremony in downtown San Antonio on Sunday, June 12. .

“I’m thrilled to be Pride Center San Antonio’s 2022 Media Icon!” said Herrera. “I have a passion for telling stories about our local LGBTQ+ community and love creating content for our South Texas Pride series. I believe now, more than ever, that these stories are so important in helping our local community understand that LGBTQ+ people are making their mark in society and showing what we have to offer. I would like to thank all the people who have helped me get to this point and who have supported me throughout my career as a journalist. I hope to continue to make them proud!

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Organizers, including Pride Center executive director Robert Salcido, cited Herrera’s work on KSAT’s South Texas Pride series and his reporting on the stories of members of the local LGBTQ+ community. Herrera received the 2021 Joey Palacios Media Icon Award, a reporter for Texas Public Radio.

The South Texas Pride series focuses on discussions of LGBTQ+ politics, resilience, identity, diversity, and equality (PRIDE).

“We are so proud of Ivan for this incredible and well-deserved recognition from Pride Center San Antonio,” said Bernice Kearney, News Director at KSAT 12. “Ivan produces strong journalism, most notably with the South Texas Pride series. which focuses on telling the stories – the struggles, the successes and everything in between – of the people in our community. It’s exactly the type of community-driven reporting that we strive for day in and day out at KSAT.”

Each story focuses on what makes the South Texas LGBTQ+ community resilient, how individuals within that community connect to each other and the community as a whole, the resources available, and how they and Others who offer them help work to improve lives socially, economically and politically and to promote mental and physical well-being within the community.

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The KSAT reporters and producers who work on South Texas PRIDE make it a point to tell these stories from the perspective of members of the LGBTQ+ community in order to portray them as they want to be portrayed, not from the perspective of outsiders. .

In 2019, KSAT executive producer Diana Winters was named a Media Icon by the Pride Center.

Winters, now a Pride Center board member, helped found the South Texas Pride series. She praised Herrera’s work in continuing her legacy.

About Ivan Herrera

Ivan Herrera has been a content creator for nearly a decade, with seven years of professional experience in the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio television markets.

He has worked in Alamo City as a digital reporter for KSAT 12 since 2016.

While in San Antonio, Ivan reported on stories ranging from breaking news to featuring members and organizations of the local LGBTQ+ community on the revamped South Texas Pride Q&A series.

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In 2018, Ivan decided to pursue another dream of his by learning about business and earned his Master of Science in Business from UTSA in 2019 while working full time as a digital journalist. During this time, he also created the “Money: It’s Personal” series, which aired on KSAT News at 9 a.m. and GMSA at 9 a.m. He then revamped the concept to create the business-focused “KSAT Money Q&A” digital series and newsletter. advice from local leaders and personal finance.

Although originally an Alamo town transplant, Ivan now considers himself a full-fledged San Antonian and enjoys living on the North Side with his partner, Michael, and their “fur babies,” Sadie. and Leo.

The Center’s primary focus remains the leading one-stop organization in South Texas for promoting the health, wellness, support, education, activities, and advocacy of the local LGBTQ+ community. Between 2020 and 2021, the Center began offering free case management services and has since added group therapy and individual and family counseling. To date, the Center has 4 paid staff members, 6 interns, and numerous volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure we are well positioned to empower the LGBTQ+ community in San Antonio and surrounding areas.

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