June 26, 2003
The Dallas Morning News announces Management Staff for new daily Spanish-language Newspaper - Al Dia
Dallas, TX --Three staff members have been hired by The Dallas Morning News to launch and manage Al Dia, a new daily Spanish-language newspaper. The Al Dia management staff includes General Manager, Mike Cano; Managing Editor, Alfredo Carbajal-Madrid and Circulation Manager, Gene Chavez. Under the direction of Gilbert Bailon, Al Dia president and editor, the new publication will provide North Texas Hispanic residents with timely, in-depth local news coverage of issues and events affecting their community. Al Dia is scheduled to launch early in the fourth quarter of 2003.
Mike Cano will serve as general manager of Al Dia. Cano previously held the position of general manager for Excelsior, the Spanish-language newspaper of the Orange County Register.
He has more than 22 years of experience working with Spanish-language newspapers including El Economico of the Press-Telegram and Nuestro Tiempo of the Los Angeles Times. Cano also served as Regional Director of the National Association of Hispanic Publications. He is a graduate of Long Beach State University.
Alfredo Carbajal-Madrid will act as managing editor of Al Dia. He previously served as editor of La Prensa for The Press-Enterprise Co. in Riverside, California.
Carbajal-Madrid currently sits on the board of the California Society of Newspaper Editors (CSNE) and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Gene Chavez has been named to the position of circulation manager for Al Dia. Chavez has been employed with The Dallas Morning News since 1998 and most recently held the position of senior financial analyst in the Circulation Department.
Previously Chavez served as department manager for Circulation Planning and Analysis. Chavez also held the positions of Home Delivery Project Manager and Circulation Analyst for The Dallas Morning News. Chavez has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Sul-Ross State University and is currently pursuing a master's degree.
Al Dia's coverage will include local and international news, business, entertainment, lifestyles and sports stories. In addition, Al Dia will offer readers important information from voting locations to updates on road construction and conditions, weather forecasts and soccer scores, as well as an updated classified section. Al Dia will operate independently of The Dallas Morning News, but will be located in The Dallas Morning News building in downtown Dallas.
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