At only 23, GGC graduate Homero Gonzalez has won his second Emmy award.
Gonzalez, of Lawrenceville, received the honor from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Southeast at a recent ceremony in Atlanta. He and members of a Telemundo Atlanta team were recognized for Outstanding Achievement: Television Crafts Achievement Excellence Category: 7 Team Coverage News Series “Acción Diferida.”
The award continues a winning pattern for the Atlanta-based station, which was the only Spanish-language station to have been nominated for both Station Excellence and News Excellence in this year's competition – and it won in both categories.
Last year, Gonzalez was part of team that won an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement: Television News Gathering Excellence - News Special. The award recognized, "Special Series HB-87,” a four-part news series covering Georgia’s controversial House Bill 87. The series informed members of the Hispanic community about changes this law would bring to the state and how it would affect them. That Emmy was the first for Telemundo Atlanta.
A 2011 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Gonzalez credits his success to his education at Georgia Gwinnett. Originally told by high school advisors that he should pursue a trade, Gonzalez enrolled at GGC, determined to pursue a college education instead. After improving his English skills, Gonzalez achieved success at GGC, both in and outside of the classroom.
“Homero is one of many students for whom Georgia Gwinnet has made a difference,” said Stas Preczewski, interim president. “GGC was literally built from the ground up to ensure that every student has the support and opportunities they need to succeed. We could not be more proud of what this young man has accomplished, and look forward to seeing what he does next.”
Gonzalez served as vice president of the Student Government Association and as a leader in other campus organizations, receiving the college’s 2010 Leadership Award. He attended a summer study abroad program in Europe and participated in service projects, including a reading program for Hispanic children which he developed. He now serves as a charter member of the GGC Alumni Association Board.
A fortuitous, spur-of-the-moment request for Gonzalez to provide translation assistance for a Telemundo news crew attending a GGC event introduced the student to station employees. Impressed with his professionalism, they invited him to assist with some special projects, later hiring him full-time.
“I tell young people to be active in college. Find ways to build your skills and experience, and make yourself known because you never know when an opportunity will lead you to greater things,” he said.
A first-generation student, Gonzalez’s experiences also inspired his own family and resulted in two younger brothers pursuing college educations at Georgia Gwinnett. As for his future, Gonzalez plans to pursue a master’s degree, possibly in international business.