Who's Who at NAM

Editorial Staff

Sandy Close, Executive Editor and Director
Sandy Close – Executive Director. Close has served as Executive Director of Pacific News Service since 1974 where she founded YO! Youth Outlook, a monthly magazine of youth writing and art in 1991; and co-founded in The Beat Within, a weekly writing journal by incarcerated youth in 1996. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Sandy was formerly China editor of The Far Eastern Economic Review (Hong Kong), and founder of the Oakland-based Flatlands newspaper. Among her many awards and recognitions, in 1995, Sandy received a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Award" Fellowship; and in 1997, she co-produced the Academy Award-winning short documentary, Breathing Lessons.

Anthony D. Advincula, Editor and Media Organizer, NY office
Oni writes about education, health, immigration, urban affairs, politics and government. He was the communications director and managing editor for the Independent Press Association of New York. He has won several journalism awards for his investigative and in-depth reporting on housing, labor and immigration issues for The Jersey Journal, and when he was editor-in-chief of The Filipino Express.

David Bacon, Associate Editor
A photographer since the 1980s, journalist and former labor organizer, David specializes in portraying the struggles and lives of workers. His work has appeared in the L.A. Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Nation, among other publications, and in various exhibits and books.

Marcelo Ballve, Contributing Editor, NY office
Marcelo writes on immigration, national affairs and Latin America. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Baltimore Sun, among others. He also contributes regularly to the New York Daily News on arts and culture. He is a former AP reporter and editor in their Brazil and Caribbean bureaus.

Raj Jayadev, Executive Editor, Silicon Valley De-Bug
Raj is the coordinator and founder of Silicon Valley De-Bug, a community organizing and multi-media youth organization based in San Jose, California. De-Bug produces a bi-lingual magazine, a weekly radio show and weekly television show to provide a platform for the South Bay's least heard voices -- low-wage workers, the homeless, the formerly incarcerated, undocumented immigrants, and other communities on the margins of the Valley.

Irma D. Herrera, Editor at New America Media
Irma writes about social justice issues. She is a civil rights lawyer with over 30 years experience and worked at MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund) and META (Multicultural Education Training and Advocacy) where she represented Latino and immigrant communities on a range of issues from access to education to voting rights. Prior to joining New America Media she served as the Executive Director of San Francisco’s Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) for almost 15 years. ERA promotes equal and fair treatment for women and girls in employment and educational institutions through public education, legislative advocacy and litigation.

Carolyn Ji Jong Goossen, NAM Education Projects Director, Writer, Multimedia Content Producer
As education editor, Carolyn runs a number of ethnic media and youth media initiatives focused on school reform in California, including fellowship programs for ethnic media interested in improving their coverage of public schools. She is also an editor and facilitator with The Beat Within.

Odette Alcazaren-Keeley, Radio News Anchor/TV Producer
Odette Alcazaren-Keeley hosts and produces NAM's public radio newscast, "Stories from the Ethnic Media" on "New America Now". She also anchors NAM's monthly TV show, "New America Now" on Comcast On Demand. Odette was also the former news executive producer and talk show co-anchor for ABS-CBN International, The Filipino Channel in the Bay Area, and was a TV reporter/producer/head writer for more than 8 years for the station's parent broadcasting company, ABS-CBN Channel 2 in Manila.

Paul Kleyman, Assoc. Director, Ethnic Elders
Paul is the national coordinator of the Journalists Network on Generations, a group of 1,100 journalists who cover issues in aging. For 20 years he was the editor of Aging Today, newspaper of the American Society on Aging.

Andrew Lam, Writer/Media Monitor
Andrew is a syndicated writer and an editor with New America Media, a short story writer, and a frequent radio commentator. His essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, The LA Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Andrew has won multiple literary and journalism awards and is author of “Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora.”

Aruna Lee, Reporter/Media Monitor
Aruna is a reporter covering issues related to Korea and the Korean American community. Her stories have been published in the SF Chronicle, AsianWeek, Oakland tribune and Tri-Valley Herald. She has been monitoring Korean media for NAM since 2003.

Roberto Lovato, Contributing Writer, N.Y. office
Roberto is a New York-based writer with NAM where he also serves as a business strategist. Roberto is also a regular contributor to The Nation Magazine and his work has appeared in the LA Times, Salon, Der Spiegel, Utne Magazine, La Opinion, and other national and international media outlets.

Alexandra (Alex) Moe is the Washington, D.C. Director of NAM
Alex oversees outreach to ethnic media on the East Coast and organizing Immigration Summits, briefings with the CDC, local awards programs, and partnerships with journalism schools that act as hubs for ethnic media in D.C., Atlanta, New Orleans, Tucson, Minneapolis and other cities.

Russell Morse, Contributing Writer
Russell started writing at fifteen while a resident of San Francisco's Youth Guidance Center. In the years since he has covered school shootings, youth riots in France, juvenile justice reform, issues along the US/Mexico border and three presidential elections. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle and online at Salon.com.

Louis V Nevaer, Contributing Writer
Louis is one of the nation's leading authorities on Hispanics. He is the author of more than a dozen books.

Ngoc Nguyen, Environment Editor/Media Monitor/Writer
Ngoc worked as an environment reporter for the Sacramento Bee. She was also editor of NHA Magazine, a national bilingual Vietnamese American publication in California. She has reported for Pacifica Radio since 2001, from South Korea, Vietnam, and Hong Kong.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Contributing Writer
Earl Ofari is a noted author of nine books about the African American experience in America.  His numerous published articles appear in newspapers and magazines across the country as well as some of the most popular web sites on the Internet.  He is a radio host and TV commentator.  Mr. Hutchinson has received several awards for his writings. 

Sandip Roy, Editor/Radio Host
Sandip is an editor and host of NAM's radio show New America Now on KALW 91.7 FM. An immigrant from India, he monitors South Asian media and also writes for publications like India Currents, India Abroad, The Times of India etc. He is a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition.

Richard Rodriguez, Contributing Writer and Editor
NBCC Award finalist, BABRA Gold Medal Recipient for nonfiction category, and Frederic G. Melcher Book Award winner Richard is one of the most provocative, writers of our time. As a Catholic, gay, Mexican-American, he has examined his private life as it intersects with public issues. He is a contributing writer and editor at New America Media, a contributing editor for Harper’s magazine and the Sunday Opinion Section of the Los Angeles Times. For many years he was an essayist on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS.

Elena Shore, MediaMonitor/Editor
Elena is an editor, Latino media monitor and translator for NAM. She graduated from Oberlin College in Spanish and Latin American Studies in 2001. She has written articles on immigration and Latino issues in English and Spanish, and monitorsand translates stories from the Spanish-language press. Her work has appeared in Latino media outlets including La Opinion, La Raza and El Mensajero.

Viji Sundaram, Health Editor/Writer
Before joining NAM in 2006 Viji was a general assignment reporter with India-West, a national weekly published in San Leandro, CA. While there, Viji won eight journalism awards, five from the South Asian Journalism Association and three from New California Media.

Kevin Weston, Director of NAM New Media/Executive Editor, YO! Youth Outlook
Kevin's essays and news reports have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, Oakland Tribune and Boston Globe, among others. A founding editor at YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia and he's the director and publisher of NAM's youth media portal.