Laura Castañeda

Laura Castañeda, Chair


Office: C 205F

Office Phone: (619) 388-3043
Office Hours: W 9-11 a.m., Thursday 12-2 p.m.



RTVF 140 Radio and TV Newswriting
RTVF 145 Television News Production
RTVF 146 The TV News Field Report
RTVF 249 Television News Workshop

Professional Background

Laura Castañeda began her television news career in 1987 as a production assistant at WLS-TV, ABC in Chicago, her hometown. She is an alumnus of the University of Illinois-Urbana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Sociology. Prior to her solo career, Laura reported for Channel 4 Cox Cable's “San Diego Insider” news magazine show and KGTV Channel 10, where she previously worked as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor from 1995-1999. Laura is a contributing writer for publications such as The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, San Diego Metropolitan Magazine, El Sol, and The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Magazine. Prior to coming to San Diego, Laura was a reporter and fill-in anchor for four years at KGUN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Tucson, AZ. There, she covered law enforcement as well as a variety of assignments along the U.S.-Mexico border.


Laura Castañeda is a Professor in the Radio and Television Department at San Diego City College and an independent producer. She most recently completed her third documentary titled “Maid in America", the story of women from Latin America who leave their own children behind to come to this country to raise American children. Laura has also handled press and media relations for the San Diego Latino Film Festival. Laura is a past board member for Unity, a national, non-profit organization advocating fair and accurate news coverage about people of color, and challenging the industry to reflect its staff with the nation's diversity. She also is a member of the Latino Journalists of California (formerly CCNMA) for which she served as president of the San Diego chapter from 1997-2000. She is also a member of NALIP (The National Association of Latino Independent Producers), NAHJ (The National Association of Hispanic Journalists), BINACOM (Bi-national Organization of Teachers in Communication), IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) and a member of the University of Illinois-Urbana Alumni Association.


The recipient of numerous professional awards, Laura was most recently honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) with a second Emmy for her “Stories de le Frontera” program. She's also been awarded by the San Diego Press Club for a report on children and immigration. In 1998, Laura was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting. In 1997, she was nominated again by NATAS and earned a first place award by the San Diego Press Club for a series of reports on immigration.