About Hugo


Speaking to NAHJ Chicago Chapter members

Hugo Balta is a Multimedia News executive, Diversity & Inclusion expert, Management Trainer, Talent Coach, philanthropist and two-time president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).

Hugo is currently the News Director for WTTW News, responsible for leading, planning, reporting, producing, and editing news content and engagement across platforms and in the community, and serves as Executive Producer of WTTW’s flagship news program Chicago Tonight. He is also the host of Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices.

Balta is the Owner of the Latino News Network overseeing CTLatinoNews.comMALatinoNews.com, and NHLatinoNews.com – the only English language news, information and entertainment outlet dedicated to Hispanics – Latinos in New England.

He is a former Senior Producer at MSNBC, driving the editorial and production vision and execution of news and political live programming.

Balta worked as Talent Development Coach with the NWT Group, working with clients on evaluating all areas of television/video storytelling and performance; as well as developing a strategic plan in reaching career goals.


Control Room, Fusion HQ

Hugo is also the former Senior Director of Multicultural Initiatives at the Disney ABC Television Group (DATG), who led a start-up unit focused on initiatives to raise the quality, profile and delivery of diverse news gathering and storytelling.

ON Miami

Part of the One Nacion TV Special Team

One of his responsibilities was the creation of video and multimedia content targeting the US Hispanic audience across all platforms

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Moderator, Excellence In Journalism Conference

Hugo is a diversity and inclusion media consultant, a sought after guest speaker and writer.


NAHJ 2014 National Conference


Speaking to students in Houston, TX

He served two terms as president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) – 2012-2014, 2018-2020.

Hugo is a best selling author sharing his experience in articles (many published by renowned organizations) and book: Leadership Habits


Presidential Award of Excellence, NAHJ

Balta is an award winning journalism veteran of 30 years who’s experience includes ABC CBS, Telemundo and NBC before joining ESPN.


Emmy, Best Local Newscast – NYC

He lives in Chicago with his wife Adriana and two children, Isabella and Esteban. family