2017 Media Partners


General Motors Diversity has organized several partnerships with prominent media publications to provide mentorship and guidance to participants of the Discover Your Drive. Each publication will provide a mentor to one team who will serve as a professional resource to students as their develop their project at NAIAS.


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Salvador Rodriguez

Salvador Rodriguez is a staff reporter for the San Francisco bureau of Inc. He covers Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, tech diversity, virtual reality, and other aspects of technology and entrepreneurship. Previously, Rodriguez was the Silicon Valley correspondent for the International Business Times; before that, he was the lead tech blogger and gadget reviewer for the Los Angeles Times. Rodriguez has interned with The New York Times in Arizona, The Arizona Republic, and the Houston Chronicle. He was born in Mexico and raised in Texas, and he earned his journalism degrees at Arizona State University. One of his special skills is the ability to name all the Super Bowl winners chronologically from memory

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Julian Mitchell

Mitchell is an award-winning content creator with a passion for adding his perspective to topics in music, media and entertainment. He has spearheaded campaigns and content for brands like American Honda Motors, Wells Fargo, Google, and Magic Johnson Enterprises and worked alongside Sean "Diddy" Combs to launch REVOLT Media & TV as Social Media Director, before shaping the network's voice as Editorial Director.

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JP Brammer

John Paul Brammer is a writer, blogger, and activist from Oklahoma. His work has been featured in This Land Press and The Advocate. He frequently writes on the topics of LGBT activism and his Mexican American background.

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Richard Sandoval

Sandoval is producer of the award winning TV program Hispanic Lifestyle, an independently produced television program promoting positive images of Latino community leaders, organizations and business owners, with segments on health, travel, food and entertainment. Hispanic Lifestyle is broadcast on PBS and independent television stations in California, Arizona, Kansas City, Oklahoma and Texas.

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Patricia Guadalupe

Guadalupe is an award-winning bilingual multimedia journalist based in Washington, D.C., covering the capital for English and Spanish-language media, including NBC News Latino and Latino Magazine. She has contributed to CBS Radio News, the NY Times/CBS News Elections and Polling Division, AARP en Espanol online, NPR's Latino USA, the Washington Post, Hispanic Link News Service, The Hill newspaper, WKAQ Telemundo, among others. 

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Michael Quintanilla

Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He retired from the San Antonio Express-News in 2015, where he focused on fashion and its intersection with pop culture. Before the Express-News he was a feature and fashion writer for the Los Angeles Times where he covered pop culture, Hollywood and fashion weeks in New York, Europe and L.A. He has been a reporter at the El Paso Herald-Post, Dallas Times-Herald and the Dallas Morning News.

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Ray Suarez

Suarez was most recently the host of Al Jazeera America’s daily news program, Inside Story. Suarez spent 14 years as correspondent and anchor at public television’s nightly newscast, The PBS NewsHour where he was chief national correspondent. Before arriving at The NewsHour Suarez was the Washington-based host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation for six-and-a-half years.  

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Aaron Arnold

Entrepreneur Lifestyle Expert, National Media Contributor and Founder of MusicIsMyBusiness (www.musicismybusiness.com), Aaron Paxton Arnold (www.aaronpaxtonarnold.com), is one of the country’s top young faces and his work is fueled by a profound commitment to meshing entrepreneurship, music, social media & corporate America. 

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Walter Middlebrook

Walter Middlebrook is the Assistant Managing Editor at The Detroit News. Prior to working in Detroit, he has held positions at The New York Times, New York Newsday, USA Today, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minneapolis Star. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and currently resides in Detroit, Michigan.