Associate professor in the journalism program at Columbia College Chicago. A specialist in visual journalism, Elio Leturia holds a B.S. and a Licenciatura professional title in Communications, both from Universidad de Lima, Peru, and a M.S. in Journalism from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For over 30 years he has worked at several national newspapers and magazines in the United States and abroad. He redesigned the main Peruvian daily El Comercio before being relocated by the Tribune Co. to art direct its publication in Spanish ¡Exito! Leturia then moved to features design at the Detroit Free Press. As a bilingual writer his articles have appeared in the Detroit Free Press, San Jose Mercury News, The Miami Herald, The Desert Sun, El Comercio, El Peruano, RedEye, HOY, Revista Somos, Visualmente.com, The Huffington Post, among others. His design work has received awards from the Society for News Design, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Associated Church Press.
Prior to moving to the US he was a tenured assistant professor in the School of Communications of the Universidad de Lima. He has given presentations in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. He is the communications director of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the Fulbright Scholar Liaison at Columbia College Chicago. His documentary “Tita Turns 100” premiered at the Chicago Feminist Film Festival in 2016, winning the Lisagor Award in the Best Short Film Documentary category in 2017.
Leturia is also an actor and an ensemble member of Aguijón Theater in Chicago.
Graphic design, typography, visual communication, visual journalism, visual literacy, reporting in Spanish, video storytelling, image making, publication design, documentary video
Creative Practice and Research Interests
Visual journalism, visual communication, Latin American/Latino studies, intercultural communication, multicultural diversity