Latino stage actor to keynote Journalist conference

Tony Award-Winner Lin-Manuel Miranda to Keynote NAHJ Banquet
"In The Heights" Creator's Work Tells Latino Story; Gala Benefits Scholarships
MSNBC

WASHINGTON, DC - Tony Award-winning playwright and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of 2008's Best Musical "In The Heights," will be the keynote speaker at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists' 20th Annual NAHJ Scholarship Banquet next week in New York City.

Miranda, 29, who began writing the musical that won four Tony Awards when he was a sophomore at Wesleyan University, will address journalists, media executives, students, and members of the Latino business, arts and grassroots communities, at one of NAHJ's premiere fundraising events on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in Manhattan.

The annual gala benefits the Rubén Salazar Scholarship Fund, which offers financial aid annually to about 25 aspiring journalists. Through the fund, named for a Mexican-American journalism pioneer killed by police in Los Angeles in 1970, NAHJ has awarded more than $1.5 million to 550 students since 1988.

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