The Honorable Dionicio Flores, Vice Chair (El Paso, Texas)
Dionicio (Don) Flores is a vintage journalist and newspaper executive who presently serves as a media consultant. Until August 2008, he served as vice president and editor of the El Paso Times in El Paso, Texas, which is owned by the Texas New Mexico Partnership, which is in turn, is owned by MediaNews, Gannett and Hearst and managed by MediaNews.
In March 1985, Flores joined the Gannet Company and held editing and management positions at the Tucson Citizen in Tucson, Arizona; The New Mexican in Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Visalia Times-Delta in Visalia, California; and Gannett West in Reno Nevada. He was president and publisher of the Iowa City Press-Citizen in Iowa City, Iowa, before moving to El Paso in 1993.
Flores, a fifth-generation Texan, was born in Goliad, Texas, but was raised and attended school in Refugio, Texas, graduating in 1969. He is a 1973 graduate of Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. In 1994, Flores received that school's distinguished alumnus award, and in 2004 was selected to the university's School of Journalism and Mass Communications Hall of Fame. Recently, he completed a term on the Texas State University System Board of Regents, which includes Texas State University at San Marcos (formerly known as Southwest Texas State University).
He is active in many industry associations, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors and has served on Newspaper Association of America committees, and the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. He has been a jurist in the Pulitzer Prize competition and a past president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Flores has served or is serving on journalism boards at the University of North Carolina, Texas Tech University, the University of Nebraska, Middle Tennessee State University, Southeast Missouri State University and University of Texas at El Paso, and Texas State University, San Marcos. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on college campuses.
His community involvement includes service on the boards of the Sun Bowl Association, Paso del Norte Health Foundation, Border Fund, United Way of El Paso, National Conference of Christians and Jews, El Paso Symphony Board of Trustees and the YMCA of El Paso.
Hispanic Business Magazine has recognized Flores as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S.
In 2002, Flores received the first Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership from the Associated Press Managing Editors, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and the Freedom Forum Foundation. The award recognized his lifelong commitment and leadership in diversity issues.Term:March 13, 2009- February 1, 2015