Jesús Ayala

Professor of Broadcast Journalism and Multimedia in Los Angeles, California

Jesús Ayala

Professor of Broadcast Journalism and Multimedia in Los Angeles, California

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Jesús Ayala is one of the most respected and decorated bilingual journalism professors in the country, bringing 20 years of professional journalism experience into the classroom. As a veteran award-winning news producer, Ayala has won four national Emmys and seven Edward R. Murrow Awards, and has trained and mentored ten student Emmy winners and nine Murrow Award winners. Currently, Prof. Ayala teaches courses in both English and Spanish at California State University, Fullerton and specializes in broadcast journalism, field producing, multimedia production, international reporting and reporting about race and ethnicity. Prof. Ayala also oversees the school's longform/documentary unit and the nationally recognized award-winning bilingual newscast Al Día— under Ayala’s leadership Al Día has won over 30 national collegiate journalism awards and also became CSUF’s first ever Emmy award-winning broadcast. The show has also won a Hearst Award, a Pacemaker Award, and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Best TV newscast. Prior to joining CSUF, Mr. Ayala covered breaking news stories from around the world as a Producer for all ABC News broadcasts including World News Tonight, Good Morning America, Nightline and 20/20. He excelled as an expert covering Latin America and South America and covered the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Pope’s visits to Cuba, civil disturbances in Venezuela, and the rescue of 33 trapped miners in Chile. Moreover, he has covered all major natural disasters— from earthquakes, wildfires, and floods to tornadoes, tsunamis, and hurricanes, including Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, he covered Barack Obama's historic presidential campaign and worked as a White House pool producer. While at ABC, he worked with news icons like Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Ted Koppel, and the late Peter Jennings. He is also the Executive Producer of End of the Road, a documentary that chronicles the plight of children left behind in Latin America who made the harrowing journey to the United States to be reunited with their parents. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism, and he obtained his journalism teaching certification from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Prof. Ayala is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and serves as a judge for the Golden Mike Awards, The News Emmys, and the Edward R. Murrow Awards.
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  • Education
    • University of California, Berkeley
    • University of Southern California