KRWG Public Media is thrilled to announce that Las Cruces High School Senior Xavier Dominguez was honored this week as one of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL) Student Journalists of the Year. He received the award at The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) conference in Washington, D.C. As station sponsor for Dominguez, KRWG also received an award at the conference.
Fred Martino, Ph.D., KRWG Director of Content, worked with with Dominguez in the Las Cruces High School broadcasting program, along with former KRWG multimedia reporters Simon Thompson and Mallory Falk. "I was very impressed with Xavier's passion for journalism. It has been great to see him continue to grow through the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. And it was wonderful to see his work recognized as one of the Student Journalists of the Year," Martino said.
Dominguez was an SRL Fellow in 2018 and returned to the Academy in 2019 as SRL’s behind-the-scenes student correspondent. His story about youth groups organizing to lower the voting age to 16 in Washington D.C. was featured in Teen Vogue. He is also featured in KQED’s Election Challenge sizzle.
Dominguez says SRL has “given me such great opportunity in the journalism field and has guided me to produce stories I thought I could never do.” Xavier’s first story with Student Reporting Labs was a Bond Proposal story he produced during his sophomore year that aired on KRWG-TV's Emmy Award-winning Newsmakers.
Dominguez also represented the state of New Mexico at the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference, which teaches the fundamentals of the first amendment and the importance of journalism.
Dominguez plans to pursue journalism after high school here at New Mexico State University.