News editor recognized for excellence in journalism

KVIA’s Brenda De Anda-Swann has been named the 2011 recipient of the Hicks-Middagh Award for Excellence in Journalism. The award is named after Virgil Hicks and John Judy Middagh, former UTEP administrators and Department Chairs.

De Anda-Swann, news editor at KVIA, graduated from University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with honors with degrees in Electronic Media and Latin American Studies. A native of Guadalajara, Mexico she moved to El Paso to attend college at UTEP and never left. De Anda-Swann says she’s “simply enamored by the vibrant border, where she can enjoy the life and culture of two countries.”

De Anda-Swann’s career in journalism is an example of persistence and self-improvement. She began working at KVIA in 1998 as a part-time weekend audio operator and didn’t stop till she was promoted to news director in 2008.

But her contributions to journalism don’t stop at KVIA. She volunteered to KTEP, the National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate in El Paso, for 12 years and was a correspondent for the nationally-syndicated program Latino USA, also from NPR.

De Anda-Swann is currently on the board of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), where she has served as student mentor. She is also a member of the El Paso Press Club and is a founding member of the Lone Star chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.