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Cecilia Vaisman Award

Nominations for the 2024 award will open soon

The Cecilia Vaisman Award honors the legacy of late Medill associate professor and National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) member Cecilia Vaisman, an audio journalism leader who inspired countless students to pursue careers in video and audio journalism.

At Medill, Vaisman helped launch a bilingual reporting and storytelling course, as well as establish a Journalism Residency program in Argentina, allowing Medill students to gain hands-on experience reporting from there.

Vaisman, who died in 2015, earned two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged, among other honors. Her work was featured on WBEZ’s “This American Life,” and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Latino USA,” and other media outlets.



  • Daniel Alarcón, Radio Ambulante


  • Maritza Félix, Conecta Arizona


  • Angélica Casas, BBC


  • María Inés Zamudio, WBEZ


  • Antonia Cereijido, NPR's Latino USA