Alumna produces Emmy award-winning show

January 21, 2014

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Patricia Gomez

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Patricia Gomez, a University of Wisconsin-Platteville alumna, produces, directs and hosts “¡Adelante!,” a Milwaukee Public Television program that received a 2013 Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement for Public Affairs/Current Affairs Programming. “Adelante” is a Spanish word meaning “ahead” or “forward.”

Gomez was presented with the Emmy award at the 55th annual Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Awards 2013, held at the Alhambra Palace in Chicago, Ill. The awards were presented in numerous categories to honor and recognize excellence within various areas of television and emerging media.

“I felt extremely surprised and blessed when ‘¡Adelante!’ received an Emmy,” said Gomez. “I also felt honored because this award is one of the most valuable recognitions a program can receive. I am grateful to my team because they work hard at the station every day to produce the show. I also thank General Manager Ellis Bromberg and Production Managers Raul Galvan and Danny Braovac as well as all the people who support the program, including our audience members.”

The half-hour weekly program, aired in Spanish with subtitles in English, is the only Milwaukee Public Television program that focuses solely on the Latino community. As producer, director and host, Gomez highlights contributions of Latinos and holds discussions about the critical issues and needs that affect them.

The program, now in its 15th year, focuses on the approximately 130,000 Latinos in the Milwaukee, Wis., County area and approximately 330,000 Latinos statewide. Gomez said the program is viewed in seven- to eight-thousand households and data shows that the great majority of Latinos in these households speak mostly Spanish in their homes.

“I am strongly committed to social justice for people in the Latino community,” said Gomez. “‘¡Adelante!’ offers Latinos a chance to become actively engaged in local, state, regional and national conversations about critical issues that affect them, such as immigration reform; high quality, accessible, affordable education; and quality health care.”

Born in Rosita, Coahuila, Mexico, Gomez spent more than 15 years producing and hosting a Mexican public television station. In 1997, she came to the United States to be closer to her family. Gomez holds a bachelor’s degree in communication science from San Luis Potosi State University in Mexico and a master’s degree in education from UW-Platteville.

Milwaukee's Shepherd Express newspaper cites Gomez as one of the city's most accomplished Latinas in the media. “Gomez has made the weekly Spanish-language program ‘¡Adelante!’ into one of the Midwest's best Latino shows for its focus on education, social justice and culture,” the Milwaukee newspaper said.

"Patricia invited me to be interviewed for ‘¡Adelante!’, so I had an opportunity to observe her directly in her role as host of the program,” said Dr. Patricia Bromley, professor in UW-Platteville’s School of Education. “Her preparation is very obvious. She carefully crafts excellent questions to ask her guests on camera." 

Gomez has received numerous awards and honors not only for her work with “¡Adelante!” but also for her leadership on legal issues affecting Hispanics, her efforts on behalf of Wisconsin youth and her advocacy on behalf of the more than 160,000 Latino children who are missing yearly in the United States.

In the spring of 2008, Gomez gave the commencement address at UW-Platteville. In her address, she discussed immigration reform in the U.S. and the importance of removing barriers to enable more Latino students to obtain a higher education degree so they have the knowledge, skills and expertise they need to develop personally and professionally as well as contribute to the growth and success of the U.S. economy.

“The Latino community is one of the fastest-growing markets in the U.S.,” said Gomez. “As more Latino students graduate from higher education institutions and join the workforce, the stronger the U.S. economy will be.”

Gomez’s husband, Benjamin; one of her daughters, Patricia; and three of her siblings—Carlos, Diana and Annabel—graduated from UW-Platteville with master’s degrees in education.

“I had many wonderful professors at UW-Platteville,” said Gomez. “They taught me how to become more actively engaged in the Latino community. Their personal approach made learning fun, interesting and challenging. It was a rewarding academic experience.”

Milwaukee Public Television, located in Milwaukee, is the local production center of Public Broadcasting Service, a non-profit public broadcaster headquartered in Arlington, Va., with more than 350 member television stations.

Contact: Dr. Patricia Bromley, School of Education, (608) 732-1251, bromleyp@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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