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National Journal, Univision News, and ABC News Partner for "Next America" Convention Events Focused on Hispanics and American Politics

Featured Guests Include Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Rep. Xavier Becerra; Moderators Include Ronald Brownstein, Jorge Ramos, Maria Elena Salinas, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos

National Journal, Univision News and ABC News are partnering to produce two premier events at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, engaging leaders on the demographic revolution that is remaking the face of America.

The two invitation-only events will feature high-profile guests including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Congressman Xavier Becerra, as well as some of the most well-respected journalists from each news organization, examining how growth in the Hispanic community and other key demographic trends are dramatically shifting U.S. policy and politics. Additional speakers will be announced prior to the conventions.

Moderators for the events will include National Journal's Ronald Brownstein, Univision News' Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, and ABC News' Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos.

Univision News and ABC News recently announced a joint venture to create a digital and cable television network to serve, inspire, and empower the U.S. Hispanic community with culturally relevant programming in English. National Journal has recently launched The Next America, a multi-platform program that explores how changing demography shapes the national agenda. Together, all three news organizations will explore what these monumental demographic changes mean for each political party, the country-at-large, and the 2012 races.

"The face of the nation is changing before our eyes," said Ronald Brownstein, National Journal Editorial Director. "Virtually every aspect of American life—the economy, politics, education, healthcare, and social life—will be shaped by this exploding diversification. These convention events will combine the insights of a heavy-hitting group of political leaders, experts, and journalists, to examine what it really means for America's future."

“Today Hispanics account for 16 percent of the total U.S. population, and that number is projected to double by 2050,” said Isaac Lee, president of Univision News. “Univision NEWS is pleased to partner with ABC News and National Journal to convene a group of leaders, experts and journalists to discuss the importance of the fastest growing segment of the U.S. electorate and to further our commitment of informing and empowering the Hispanic community.”

“The young and thriving Latino population is challenging the conventional political wisdom in new and unexpected ways,” said Ben Sherwood, president, ABC News.  “We look forward to a lively conversation that will help us better understand the forces at play in November and beyond.”

The events are invitation-only, but members of the media may request to be added to the press list. Please RSVP at

The Republican Party in the Next America
Wednesday, August 29
University Club of Tampa (201 N. Franklin Street, Suite 3800, Tampa, FL)
10:00 – 11:30am
Ronald Brownstein, National Journal
Jorge Ramos, Univision
Diane Sawyer, ABC News

The Democratic Party in the Next America
Wednesday, September 5
McColl Center for Visual Art (721 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC)
12:30 – 1:30pm
Ronald Brownstein, National Journal
Maria Elena Salinas, Univision
George Stephanopoulos, ABC News

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About Univision News
Univision’s award-winning News division is committed to informing the country’s fastest growing segment across all media platforms, including TV, Radio, and Interactive. Hispanics count with the latest and most relevant content that impact the community through: Univision’s evening, late evening and weekend national newscasts, “Noticiero Univision”; political Sunday affairs program, “Al Punto”; newsmagazine programs “Aquí y Ahora” and “Primer Impacto”; as well as morning news on “Despierta America.” Univision also hosts statewide public affairs shows, “Voz y Voto,” in Texas and California. In the last year, Univision has strengthened its news team and expanded its news operations by adding Investigative and Documentary Units.

About ABC News
ABC News delivers a big picture understanding of the world to empower and inspire viewers to make confident decisions for themselves and their families.  More people get their news from ABC News than from any other source. ABC News is responsible for all of the ABC Television Network’s news programming on a variety of platforms: television, radio, and the Internet.  With an average television and radio audience of 180 million people in a given month, ABC News surpasses the competition.  More than 2,400 affiliate stations broadcast ABC News Radio’s global news coverage.  In addition, ABC News NOW is a 24-hour news and information network currently available to 44 million users across cable, broadband, and mobile platforms. NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News, provides live and packaged news, sports, and weather reports, as well as footage of news events, to 200 ABC affiliates and more than 30 domestic and international clients.

About The Next America
Virtually every issue the United States contends with promises to be affected by deep currents of change illuminated by demographic shifts. With The Next America, unveils an unprecedented effort to explore the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and the site.


Media Inquiries:
Taylor West, Communications Director, National Journal

Jose Zamora, Strategic Communications, Univision News

Julie Townsend, ABC News