Hugo Balta - Columbia College Chicago

Hugo Balta



Hugo Balta is the Adjunct Professor in the School of Media Arts, Journalism department, teaching TV Newsbeat, and Creating the TV News Package at Columbia.

Balta is a 30-year news veteran whose experience includes leadership roles in NBC, Telemundo, CBS, ESPN, and ABC networks.

He is currently the Executive Editor of the Chicago Reporter. He is also the Publisher of Illinois Latino News, an independent, multi-platform digital news outlet part of the Latino News Network. 

A B.A. graduate of Seton Hall University, Balta, has completed Executive Leadership programs at Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism, and the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. He is also an accredited Solutions Journalism Network trainer.

Instructional Areas

Broadcast Television News

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Multiplatform Digital Storytelling, Solutions Journalism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Independent News, Broadcast News


B.A., Communication Seton Hall University 2010