Colombian journalist José Martínez received a nomination for the Emmy Awards, which recognize excellence in the television industry in the United States.
Martínez, Anchor and Reporter for WFMZ-TV 69 News, was nominated for the remarkable story of a Dominican businessman. He delivers free meals outside his business in Reading, Pennsylvania, weekly.
“I am super excited about this nomination for the 2022 Emmy Award in the category of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” said the journalist. “I am very grateful to Moisés Abreu for allowing me to tell his story.”
It is the first nomination for the Colombian, who has been working for this television station since 2020, after years of journalistic experience in New York City and Bogotá.
“Since the beginning of my career, I have been committed to telling stories that inform, educate and uplift my audience. I feel a great responsibility to treat the communities I cover with dignity and respect,” said Martínez. “I feel fortunate, excited, and, above all, honored by this recognition.”
Part of his excitement, he says, lies in his passion for representation.
“Whenever I meet someone, especially Hispanic children, who look like me, I happily tell them that they too can take a microphone, a camera and tell the stories of their community. It’s what motivates me the most,” he noted.
The 40th Annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards will be held in Philadelphia on Saturday, October 1, 2022.