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Noted Broadcaster Honored With Alumni Award

Award-winning television news co-anchor Jovana Lara ’88 will accept the Alumni Role Model Award from Loyola Marymount University’s Mexican American Alumni Association at the organization’s 2009 awards dinner. The Alumni Role Model Award is presented to an LMU graduate whose personal character and professional achievements set a high standard for students and the community.

“It truly is an honor to be recognized for the work you love to do,” Lara said. “I've been blessed with many opportunities and have many people to thank over the years for their support, their guidance and encouragement.”

Lara, who earned her B.A. in business administration, began her broadcast career as a reporter for television stations in Palm Springs and San Diego. In San Diego, she won an Emmy for a story about a small village near Tijuana that was washed away in the 1997 mudslides of El Niño. She returned to Los Angeles as co-anchor of Channel 7’s midday newscast and co-host of Vista L.A., the station’s Sunday morning public affairs series that focuses on Hispanic points of view. Lara has won two Emmys for that program.

“I think it was at LMU that, for the first time, I realized there are no boundaries; that you can achieve anything you want to achieve, whatever your dreams and goals are,” she said. “As long as you have drive, focus, perseverance, and determination.”

About MAAA, Lara said, “My advice to every Latino student is to take advantage of your years at LMU. Take advantage of your MAAA connection. Get to know your professors. Get involved on campus.”

MAAA was established in 1981 to develop programs that provide partial tuition scholarships to Loyola Marymount University students who demonstrate a commitment to the Hispanic community. MAAA board members include CEOs and executives of companies in Los Angeles, Southern California and elsewhere.

Past alumni honorees include radio and TV personality Argelia Atilano (2008),  Rosalio J. Lopez, M.D. (2006) and Giselle Acevedo (2002). The 2009 awards dinner will be Nov. 5 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. For more information on the Mexican American Alumni Association, click here.

Posted Nov. 2, 2009