By: E&P Staff
Charles O. Kilpatrick, the former editor and publisher of the San Antonio
(Texas) Express-News, will receive a lifetime achievement award this week from the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists.
The Express-News reports that Kilpatrick will receive the Henry Guerra
Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Journalism at the association?s ceremony this Thursday. The award honors Kilpatrick?s dedication to both journalism and the strengthening of ties between the United States and Mexico.
Kilpatrick worked at the Express-News for over 40 years. He was named
publisher of the News in 1971, when it was still a separate paper from the Express. The following year, he was named publisher of both daily papers.
During his tenure at the Express-News, Kilpatrick worked to increase the
number of minorities working at the paper. He also established a minority
internship program to further strengthen the presence of Hispanics in journalism.
Kilpatrick has the unique distinction of having interviewed every Mexican
president since 1958. He and his wife, Margie, have traveled to Central and South America frequently, and were strong supporters of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. In 1991, the couple helped to bring the 1991 exhibit ?Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries? to San Antonio.
In 1997, the Mexican government honored the couple with the Aguila Azteca, the highest honor to foreigners.
At the ceremony for the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists, in addition to the honoring of Kilpatrick, seven local journalism students will be award scholarships.