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Hugo Morales

Hugo Morales is the Executive Director of Radio Bilingüe, Inc.  In 1976, Mr. Morales and an all-volunteer staff of farmworkers, former farmworkers, and artists founded Radio Bilingüe, which began radio broadcast operation over the entire San Joaquin Valley in California, on July 4, 1980, to affirm the First Amendment free speech rights of Latinos.

Mr. Morales is a Mixtec Indian from Oaxaca, in southern Mexico.  He was raised in Oaxaca until the age of nine when his family immigrated to California.  Throughout his youth he was a farmworker.  After graduating from high school in 1968, he went on to graduate from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.  In 1994, he became the first resident of the San Joaquin Valley to be a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

Prizes, Awards & Fellowships
  • 2006 Lannan Cultural Freedom Award