Félix Gutiérrez is a professor emeritus of journalism at USC Annenberg and professor of American studies and ethnicity at USC Dornsife.
Since 1972, his scholarship and publications have focused on racial diversity and media. He is the author or co-author of five books and more than 50 scholarly articles or book chapters, most on racial or technological diversity in media. His current scholarship focuses on U.S. Latino newspapers and the journalists who covered stories for them.
In 2006-2007 academic year he was co-editor of a special issue dedicated to El Clamor Público, Southern California’s first Latino newspaper, of California History: The Magazine of the California Historical Society and editor of the Special Issue: Ethnic Media and Audiences in America: Growing Beyond the Margins, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism.
A former senior vice president of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum, his responsibilities during 12 years in philanthropy establishing and supervising Pacific Coast Center programs in Oakland and San Francisco, and researching diversity exhibits for the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
He has held tenured faculty positions at USC and California State University Northridge, administrative posts at USC, Stanford and California State University L.A., and visiting appointments at Columbia, the Claremont Colleges, and the University of Texas, Austin. He was the first executive director of the California Chicano News Media Association from 1978–1980. In the 1980’s, reported for The Associated Press Los Angeles bureau and the Pasadena Star-News.
A native of East Los Angeles, he earned a BA in social studies from California State College Los Angeles, an MS from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and an AM and PhD in communication from Stanford.
He is married to María Elena Gutiérrez, EdD. They have three daughters, Elena, Anita, and Alicia, and live in Oakland and South Pasadena.
Awards and honors:
Lionel C. Barrow Jr. Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2011)
Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Research About Journalism, for Racism, Sexism, and the Media: The Rise of Class Communication in Multicultural America (2004)
Racism, Sexism, and the Media: The Rise of Class Communication in Multicultural America. Co-author. (2003, Sage)
Minorities and the Media: Diversity and the End of Mass Communication. (1985, Sage)
Telecommunications Policy Handbook. (1981, World Bank)
Spanish-language Radio in the Southwestern United States. (1979, University of Texas Press)