is a freelance journalist and an assistant professor with the
radio television department at San Diego City College. She has
also handled press and marketing for the Media Arts Center San
Diego, producers of the San Diego Latino film festival. Prior
to Castaneda's solo career, she reported for channel 4 Cox Communication's
Emmy Award winning news magazine show, "San Diego Insider" and
KGTV, Channel 10, the ABC affiliate. In addition, Castaņeda
also worked as a general assignment reporter and fill- in anchor
at KGUN-TV, the ABC station in Tucson, Arizona for four years.
There she covered law enforcement as well as a variety of assignments
along the U.S. Mexico border.
Ms. Castaņeda first began her television news career in 1987
as a production assistant at WLS-TV, the ABC station in Chicago,
Illinois, her hometown.
Aside from her television work, Castaņeda is a contributing
writer for publications such as the Los Angeles Times, The Washington
Post, San Diego Metropolitan Magazine, El Sol, and the Society
of Hispanic Professional Engineers Magazine.
Ms. Castaņeda is an Alumni of the university of Illinois-Urbana
with a bachelor of arts degree in English and a minor in Sociology.
The recipient of numerous professional awards, Ms. Castaņeda
was most recently nominated by the National Association of Television
Arts and Sciences for an Emmy Award for both her news magazine
show, Stories de la Frontera and in the academic world for Newscene,
a student broadcast which she serves as Executive Producer at
San Diego City College. Castaņeda has also been honored by the
San Diego Press Club for a report on children and immigration
in 2002. In 1998, Ms. Castaneda was recognized by the Society
of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting. In
1997 Ms. Castaņeda was nominated by the National Academy of
Television Arts and Sciences and that same year she was also
earned a first place award by the San Diego Press Club for a
series of reports on immigration.
Castaņeda is a member of the California Chicano News Media Association
for which she served as President of the San Diego chapter from
1997-2000. She is also a member of NALIP (The National Association
of Latino Independent Producers), NAHJ (The National Association
of Hispanic Journalists), BINACOM (The Binational Association
of Teachers in Communications), IRE (Investigative Reporters
and Editors, and a member of the University of Illinois Alumni