Elio Leturia - Columbia College Chicago

Elio Leturia

Associate Professor



Associate Professor in the Communication Department where he teaches multimedia journalism and graphic design. Two-time Fulbright awardee (U.S. 1990-91 and Spain 2022.) For over 35 years he has worked at  national publications in the U.S. and abroad. He redesigned the main Peruvian daily El Comercio before being relocated by the Tribune Co. to art direct ¡Éxito!, its publication in Spanish. Leturia 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, Miami Herald, The Desert Sun, El Comercio, El Peruano, RedEye, HOY, Revista Somos, Huffington Post, Gateway Journalism Review, among others. His design work has received awards from the Society for News Design, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and Associated Church Press. 

He was a tenured assistant professor at Universidad de Lima Communications School. He has presented in the US, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He is communications director of the Fulbright Association-Chicago Chapter and 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. His bilingual "Aguijón 30 Years" historical book was released in 2019.

Leturia is an ensemble member of Aguijón Theater in Chicago.

He 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.

Instructional Areas

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


B.A., Communication Sciences Universidad de Lima 1985
M.S., Journalism University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 1992