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UDLAP Graduate Invited to Correspondents’ Dinner at the White House

Javier Vega Urreta has 12 years of journalistic experience as a reporter, correspondent, and news presenter in local, national, and international media.


As a Washington correspondent for Noticias Telemundo, Javier Vega Urreta, graduate from the Licenciatura in Communication Science at Universidad de las Américas Puebla, was invited to the Correspondents´ Dinner at the White House.

“This event, organized by the White House Correspondents’ Association, is very important because it is a scholarship fundraiser for gifted students in college journalism programs”, commented Javier Vega, who also said that this event is an opportunity to defend freedom of speech in an environment that is increasingly antagonistic to reporters.

With twelve years of journalistic experience, Javier Vega Urreta has been a reporter, correspondent, and broadcaster in local, national, and international media including MILENIO, Televisa, and TeleSUR.  He is currently the DC correspondent for Telemundo, a job position that opened the door to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “I always wanted to attend this event, but I saw it as a distant possibility. When I started as a student reporter at La Catarina, during my first year in college, if someone had said that I would end up as a White House corresondent, I simply would not have believed it”, expressed the UDLAP alumnus.

Regarding his experience as the Washington DC correspondent for Telemundo, Javier Vega Urreta commented that he has been in that position for almost a year and that these have been intense months of reporting: “I have broadcast news such as the death of George Bush Sr., and high political impact news such as the nomination of judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and the Muller report on Russian interference. I also covered the shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue, hurricaine Florence in North Carolina, and the trial of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in New York”.

Finally, when asked about his experience in national and international media, the UDLAP graduate said that the essence of journalism does not change with geography. “The elements that make good journalism are the same in different countries. For me, really, the difference has been in reporting in an English speaking environment and adapting to a political system that is different from the Mexican one.  Besides that, what I see is that American media has an abundance of resources so that we reporters can tell better stories.  Journalists are meticulous in planning and data reporting, whether in daily stories or in research”.

Javier Vega Urreta is a talented young man who stands out for his continuous studies. After finishing his studies at UDLAP, he obtained graduate certificates in Journalism at Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Universidad de Guadalajara and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE). “Talent, vocation, and enjoying your job must go hand in hand, ideally. I can only suggest to students that which has worked for me: passion to achieve a goal, dedication, and attention to detail.  This is the correct attitude that, added to continuous experience, allows you to be successful. This does not mean that the road won’t have pitfalls. This is a resistance race… and you have to get up if you fall”, emphasized the UDLAP graduate.