Elaine Ayala has been in the newspaper industry for 33 years, working as a reporter, editor, blogger and columnist. She has worked at six metropolitan dailies — the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the Arizona Daily Star, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, the Austin American-Statesman, the El Paso Times and the San Antonio Express-News.
Today, she writes a Metro column for the Express-News and its bilingual weeklyConexion and a Latino Life blog about Latino arts, politics y mas for mysanantonio.com. She writes stories for the Express-News on her minority affairs beat.
The San Antonio native graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. In 2005, she was inducted into the Edgewood Independent School District’s Hall of Fame. She received the Philip True Award for writing in 2009, an honor bestowed by peers at the Express-News. She has been honored by the Martinez StreetWomen’s Center and IMAGE of San Antonio and is a recipient of the Governor’sYellow Rose Award. She has taught media workshops for the Community Leadership Institute.
Ayala has been involved in several journalism organizations throughout her career, most focused on increasing the number of minorities and women in the U.S.newsroom and raising money for scholarships for students pursuing careers inthe media.
She was on the boards of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the American Association of Sunday & Feature Editors. She is past president of the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Austin Area Association of Hispanic Journalists and the El Paso Association of Hispanic Journalists.
She speaks at area schools and community organizations and is a frequent mistress of ceremonies at various galas and events. In addition to her newspaper work, she has written for several publications, including Latino magazine, Latino Future magazine, the National Catholic Reporter and a couple of now-defunct magazines.