Marino Zapete Honored with Guanin Excellence in Journalism Award by DANR



Marino Zapete. Photo by Eduardo Hoepelman
Marino Zapete. Photo by Eduardo Hoepelman

Washington, DC.– After his presentation about the role of objective investigative journalism, and adverse practices of privately owned mass communications media in influence of opinion, investigative journalist Marino Zapete was presented with The Guanin Excellence in Journalism Award for his many contributions in the field of communications.

The coveted DANR Guanin Awards are presented to individuals who have, over two decades of accomplishments in their field of expertise. In Caribbean Taino culture, Guanin was a gold Medallion bestowed to Native Indian Chiefs by their tribes to denote leadership, authority and honor.

“I would like to thank you and simply say that this award means so much to me, not only because it is good to keep as a collectible, but also because it is an award bestowed upon me because you consider me a giver. Human beings and their actions are worthy only when they are meant to benefit others.  I am grateful to the DANR Board of Directors and this organization because they are giving so much. And I wish that every day of my life I serve to give. I don’t consider this award is just for me; but for a better Dominican society. Thank you.”

The Award was presented by outgoing DANR President Francesca Peña accompanied by Chairman Néstor Montilla, Sr., DANR President-elect Claribel Martinez-Marmolejos, and vice presidents Rev. Alejandro Benjamin and Dr. Miguel Hernández, and before over 300 participants from different US states and Puerto Rico, including elected officials, students, business owners, community leaders and members of The Dominican American National Roundtable.

The DANR 18th Annual Conference was made possible thanks to the generous support and collaboration of Ford Motor Company Fund, The City University of New York, the Institute for Latino Studies, The Latino Leadership Alliance, Lehman College, National Dominican American Council, Dominican Medical Association, and Asociacion Hispana de Profesionales de la Salud (APHSI).

Marino Zapete es egresado de la escuela de Comunicación Social de la Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, con el grado de Licenciado en Ciencias de la Comunicación Social.

Post-grado en Desarrollo de Políticas de Defensa y Administración de Recursos en la Universidad Nacional de Defensa de los Estados Unidos.

Diplomado en Comunicación Institucional y Política de las universidades Católica de Santo Domingo y Complutense de Madrid.

Post-grado en Metodologías y Técnicas de Investigación en Comunicación Social, en la Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo.

Diplomado en Diseño de Investigación Social en la UASD.

Maestro de post-grado en Relaciones Públicas en la Universidad Católica Santo Domingo.

Ha ejercido el periodismo en los últimos 30 años, desempeñando distintas posiciones en varios medios de comunicación e instituciones públicas y privadas.

Es autor de los ensayos políticos titulados “La Sociedad de los Platos Rotos” , “Jarabe para la Memoria” y “La Volvieron Loca”.-

Actualmente es presentador y co-productor de El Despertador y productor y presentador de El Jarabe de Zapete, programas televisivos de amplia preferencia en la República Dominicana y entre los dominicanos residentes en USA.

The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) is the only national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC, advocating for the socio-economic and civic development of Dominicans in the United States. DANR is presided over by a National Board of Directors led by an executive committee composed of a president, a vice president, a youth president, a chairman, a treasurer, and a vice president representing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.