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Mekahlo Medina

  • Gender: Male
  • University: New Mexico State University
  • Undergraduate Degree: Broadcast Journalism
  • Position Title: Executive Director of CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California
  • Position Title: Co-Anchor and Technology/Social Media Reporter
  • Company: NBC4 News

Mekahlo Medina is a familiar face to many in Southern California, where he delivers news updates as co-anchor for “Today in LA,” the NBC4 weekend morning news, and reporting on the scene for the station’s technology and social media stories, weekdays.

Mekahlo joined NBC4 in 2006 as a news anchor and manager of “News Raw,” a show that aired on the station’s digital channel and focused on local news coverage, culture, technology, and social media. Over the years, his reporting has covered everything from breaking headline news, to what do when you drop an electronic tablet.

Today, he is considered one of the station’s most prolific social networkers, leveraging the “second screen” experience by engaging viewers via social media during his live broadcasts.

Prior to his work on NBC4, he was a reporter for stations KSTP-TV in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, KPNX-TV in Phoenix, Arizona, and NBC television affiliates, KOB-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and KTSM in El Paso, Texas.

Before he embarked on his career, he pursued his higher education at New Mexico State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, with help from an HSF Scholarship. A proud HSF Alum and long-time supporter of the organization, he emceed HSF’s Leaders in Education Awards in 2018 and 2019.

Mekahlo also dedicates himself to building diversity and inclusion in journalism. He currently serves as the executive director of CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California, which is a “nonprofit, professional organization that aims to promote diversity in the news media by providing encouragement, scholarships, and educational programs for Latinos pursuing careers in journalism.” He is also a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association and the Native American Journalists Association. Previously, he was president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).

During his term as NAHJ president, he issued a challenging call to action for his peers and to up-and-coming Latino journalists, saying, “Be unafraid! Ask the question…why not me? Why not you as the next chief anchor of a network? Why not you as the next executive editor of a newspaper? Why not you as the next president of the news organization? Be bold. Always be bold.”