Fresno Resident Wins Prestigious National Award

Jun 25, 2020
Press Release


(FRESNO) Fresno resident and co-founder of Radio Bilingue, Hugo Morales, was awarded the Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment of the Arts agency.

“I can’t think of a more dedicated public servant than Hugo Morales to receive such a prestigious, national honor,” said Congressman Jim Costa. “Mr. Morales changed the landscape of our valley by giving a voice to the Valley’s Latino community, especially for our farm workers, and a platform to celebrate their vibrant and rich cultural heritage for more than four decades.”

Established in Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts works to support and celebrate our country’s rich traditional arts heritage. The National Heritage Fellowship is the nation’s highest honor, which is given in recognition of both artistic excellence and efforts to sustain cultural traditions for future generations. It comes with $25,000 award.

Morales, who is the Executive Director of Radio Bilingue, is a Harvard graduate whose family migrated to California from Mexico in the 1950s. In 1975, he co-founded Radio Bilingue, which became the first Latino FM radio station in the San Joaquin Valley. Radio Bilingue is the leading Latino public radio network in the nation with 24 stations and more than 75 affiliates.