Jesús Ayala

Producer and Professor of Broadcast Journalism Multimedia in Los Angeles, California

Jesús Ayala

Producer and Professor of Broadcast Journalism Multimedia in Los Angeles, California

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Jesús Ayala is a seasoned award-winning news producer and the recipient of four national Emmys and six Edward R. Murrow Awards. He teaches courses in both English and Spanish at California State University, Fullerton and specializes in broadcast journalism, multimedia production, field producing/reporting, backpack journalism, and international reporting. Prof. Ayala also oversees the school's investigative news broadcast Tusk TV and the award-winning Spanish-language newscast Al Día. Prior to joining CSUF, Mr. Ayala covered breaking news stories from around the world as a multi-platform Producer for ABC News, where for more than 15 years he excelled as an expert covering Latin America and South America. He has 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. 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, the Association of LGBTQ Journalists, and the Broadcast Education Association.

  • Education
    • University of California, Berkeley
    • University of Southern California