Hugo Balta - Columbia College Chicago

Hugo Balta

Adjunct Professor of Instruction


Hugo Balta is the Adjunct Professor in the School of Media Arts, Journalism department, teaching Reporting II, TV Newsbeat, and Creating the TV News Package at Columbia.Balta is a 30-year news veteran whose experience includes leadership roles in NBC, MSNBC, Telemundo, CBS, ESPN, and ABC networks.He is currently the Publisher of the Latino News Network (LNN). LNN oversees six independent, multimedia, digital, local news outlets in the Northeast and Midwest, including IL Latino News. He previously worked at the Chicago Reporter as Executive Editor, WBBM News Radio as Editor, and WTTW Chicago as News Director.Balta is the only person to serve twice as President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). He was inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame in 2016.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