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|Spanish Language Newscaster, Advocate Jesus Javier Passes|
|Written by Frank Muñiz|
|Thursday, 22 March 2012 03:23|
Jesus Javier dedicated his life to improving the community he loved. He emphasized the importance of education and the responsibility of going back to the community to help others. Jesus taught us by example. He volunteered countless hours working with various causes and organizations.
Jesus who died Monday, March 19, was dedicated to the betterment of the community and actively participated in various community programs. He was actively involved with the American Diabetes Association Latino Outreach Program, the City of San Fernando Civic Association Holiday Parade, the Annual Cesar Chavez Commemorative March, and served as guest speaker at various public schools.
He was involved with the Muniz Family Foundation that my family established, serving on the Board of Directors and as the Master of Ceremonies at the Annual Scholarship Awards Banquets. In 2004 he was awarded the Alberto and Lorenza Muñiz Distinguished Community Leadership Award for his outstanding contributions to the community.
Jesus Javier served as Vice President and news anchor for KRCA-TV, Channel 62, the flagship station of an up and coming Spanish-language television and radio network based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Before joining Liberman Broadcasting, Inc., Mr. Javier performed from 1993 to 2000 as news anchor for Univision's KMEX-TV Channel 34, the nation's number one Spanish-language television station. From 1989 – 1993, Jesus Javier was the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news anchor for Telemundo's KVEA-TV, Channel 52.
Prior to arriving in Southern California, Mr. Javier had already established himself as head of the news department at Univision's San Antonio affiliate, KWEX-TV, bringing with him all the benefits of his experience both as a news anchor and general assignment reporter at KPIX-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco. With his extensive experience both as a news anchor and reporter (both local and national), his high visibility in the Latino community, and his fluency in both English and Spanish, Mr. Javier created a name-face-voice recognition that spans not only nationally, but internationally as well.
In 1997, Jesus Javier received the Golden Mic Award from the Radio & TV News Association of Southern California for his series, "Infierno Bajo Cero," a special investigation on false promises of high wages and abundant jobs that lure many Latinos to Alaska. In 1984, he won a silver medal at the New York International Film and Television Festival for Best Documentary with "De Leyes y Papeles." In addition, Jesus Javier anchored "Destino '90," which won an Emmy Award for Best Public Service Special.
An outspoken supporter of immigrant rights, Jesus never stopped advocating for the community even though he received death threats from those who disagreed with his beliefs. Jesus used every possible moment to speak on important issues affecting the community. When a billboard that promoted his newscast was defaced, and Los Angeles, California was crossed out, replaced with Mexico, he withstood the attack, even when on the large display they drew a bullet going through his head.
A native of Techaluta, Jalisco, Mexico, Jesus Javier studied electrical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, before starting his journalist career. He is survived by his daughters Gela and Rocky and son Joaquin.
Jesus Javier, an honest man with integrity was dedicated to improving the community. He advocated for equality, education, and human rights. He touched the lives of many, opened the doors of opportunity, and served as a role model. He will forever live in our hearts. Mr. Jesus Javier, May You Rest in Peace.