Brandon was kind enough to send us the following update.
Living an adventurous life in Washington, D.C.
By Brandon Benavides '03 School of Humanities
My adventures in the nation’s capital have taken me from the White House to the Newseum and that’s just in the past year. I moved to “the District” (Washington, D.C.) 4 years ago when I began working as a content producer at News4/ WRC-TV, the NBC owned and operated station in Washington, D.C. I write and edit video for our morning show News4 Today. I achieved my career goal with lots of my advice from my professors like Dr. Tere Garza. I still keep in touch with her after all these years.
Besides work, I’m active in my community. I’m a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). I served 4 years as president of the Washington, D.C. Chapter. In October, I attended a White House briefing as part of the NAHJ group. Mr. Roberto Rodriguez, Deputy Assistant to the President for Education, talked about the Administration’s work to get funding for students from Pre-K to career. During the question and answer portion, I naturally asked why St. Edward’s University lost federal funding for its College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). Mr. Rodriquez didn’t give a specific answer to my direct question. He said Title 1 funding for CAMP has decreased over the years. I mentioned St. Edward’s University was one of the first universities to offer the CAMP program.
I represented NAHJ at a Google journalism summit at the Newseum in the District. I welcomed a group of journalists from across the country. That same day, a new exhibit called, “News for All,” opened at the Newseum. I’m part of the exhibit. I read an excerpt from a Latino Newspaper from California. So the next time you are in D.C., you can see me in the exhibit.
I’ve also participated in a Hispanic Roundtable discussion at the British Embassy in the U.S. British leaders talked about getting more Latino students to study abroad in Great Britain. I also, attended the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall at the Embassy of Germany. Recently, I organized a NAHJ DC membership drive at the Mexican Embassy in the U.S. Mexican Ambassador Eduardo Medina-Mora spoke to our group.
I never get bored or tired of living in the District of Columbia. I’m a member of the Cathedral of St. Matthew’s the Apostle. It’s the Catholic Church where President John F. Kennedy had his funeral. You may remember the picture of his son saluting his casket outside the cathedral. I’m a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at the Cathedral. There are so many things to see and do in our nation’s capital. I enjoy the rich history and architecture of the buildings.