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Felix F. Gutierrez

Felix F. Gutierrez (MSJ76) is a member of the inaugural class of the Medill Hall of Achievement of 1997.

Gutierrez is a professor of journalism and communication in the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and a professor of American studies & ethnicity in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California.

He is the 2011 recipient of the Lionel C. Barrow Jr. Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. His scholarship and publications since 1972 have focused on racial diversity and media. He is author or co-author of five books and more than 50 scholarly articles or book chapters, most on racial or technological diversity in media.

A former senior vice president of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum, his responsibilities during 12 years in philanthropy included administering journalism education and professional grants and programs, establishing and supervising Pacific Coast Center programs in Oakland and San Francisco, and researching diversity exhibits for the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

He was the first executive director of the California Chicano News Media Association from 1978 through 1980. In the late 1980s, he covered media issues on a weekly basis for The Associated Press Los Angeles bureau and in the mid-1980s was a part-time reporter and columnist for the Pasadena Star-News.

A native of East Los Angeles, he earned a BA in social studies from California State College Los Angeles and an AM and PhD in communication from Stanford University.