2013 Silver Circle Inductee Enrique Cerna

Gary Gibson In Spanish, ‘ganas' means desire. Fortunately, my parents gave me a lot of ganas. It helped during tough times and motivated me to reach for more in my career and to cherish the great experiences I've had along the way.

Enrique Cerna was four years old when he made his first television appearance on Uncle Jimmy's Clubhouse, a children's show on KIMA TV in Yakima. It was a hint of what was to come; a broadcast career that has lasted more than 38 years and still going strong.

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique was born and raised in the Yakima Valley. After graduating from Wapato High School, he went on to earn a Communications degree from Washington State University in 1975. Go Cougs! He was immediately hired as news reporter/anchor for KOMO Radio. In 1978, he moved to KING-5 where he spent the next 15 years as a producer, reporter and program host. He returned to KOMO as a general assignment television news reporter in 1993. Two years later, he joined KCTS 9, Seattle's public television station. Enrique has produced and hosted documentaries on juvenile justice and rehabilitation, youth gun violence, salmon recovery, women, politics and Islam and Seattle civil rights icon, the Reverend Samuel McKinney. In addition, he produced stories for national PBS programs including Citizens State of the Union and the PBS Newshour.

For 13 seasons, Enrique was the executive producer and host for the award-winning weekly current affairs program KCTS 9 Connects. He moderated statewide broadcasts on public radio and television of the 2008 and 2012 Washington Governor debates as well as the only U.S. Senate broadcast debate of the 2012 election.

Enrique has earned five Northwest Regional Emmy awards and numerous other honors. The Seattle Weekly honored him with a 2003 Editors' Choice selection as Best TV Host. In 2006, Seattle Magazine named Enrique one of the most influential people of the year for his broadcast work. In 2008, the Zeta Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate fraternity established by African Americans, awarded him its Community Service Award for his coverage of communities of color. In addition, he received the Minority Executive Directors Coalitions 2011 Presidents Award; the 2012 Community Service Award from the Seattle Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association for his coverage of juvenile justice issues; and the 2013 Founders Award from Consejo, the Seattle based counseling and referral service, for his coverage and community awareness of mental health issues.

Enrique is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He also serves as a Pink Tie Guy on behalf of the Komen for the Cure Puget Sound Affiliate promoting breast cancer awareness in communities of color.

 
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