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In New York City on Thursday, November 19, Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes honored the newest group of fellows from the Ailes Apprentice Program, a professional development initiative Ailes founded in 2003 for television journalists from diverse backgrounds. The ceremony, hosted by Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner, celebrated the eleventh graduating class, each of whom completed an immersive 12-month fellowship at Fox News and its partners.
"These graduates are going to change the world," Ailes said during his speech. "They are the best hope for the country. They understand what it means to work, contribute, communicate, and lead."
Since its founding, the Ailes Apprentice Program has offered full-time, 12-month fellowships to select groups of individuals that include cross-divisional training, exclusive networking opportunities, and comprehensive mentorships with key Fox News executives, complete with competitive salaries and full benefits. The apprentices also get the chance to produce original content for air on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, or Fox News Radio.
This year's graduates include Randall Payton, a junior web video producer for FoxNews.com, Mauricio Muñoz who worked in Technical Operations at FNC and FBN, Shivan Sarna who worked as a Production Assistant at Fox News, and Danaia Williams, an assistant to Alan Colmes at Fox News Radio.
The ceremony also featured the 2015 Inspiring Success Award, which was presented to 92-year-old Dabney Montgomery, a Tuskegee Airman and Civil Rights Activist. In addition, NCAA Division I Wrestling Champion Anthony Robles served as the keynote speaker. Also in attendance were 21st Century Fox Executive Vice-Chairman Chase Carey, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, National Association of Black Journalists President Sarah Glover, and National Association of Hispanic Journalists Executive Director Alberto Mendoza.
For more information, visit AilesApprentice.FoxNews.com, and watch the Fox & Friends feature on the graduates below:
Joining nearly 4,000 other volunteers at 69 sites throughout New York City, 21st Century Fox employees came together on Saturday, October 17, as part of New York Cares Day Fall, an annual city-wide volunteering initiative to support public schools in each of the five boroughs.
Colleagues from the corporate office, Fox News, and Blue Sky Studios spent the day organizing supply closets, building planters for the science classes, and painting a wall mural at River East Elementary School in Harlem.
New York Cares organizes volunteering projects year-round to support the city's parks, schools, and community spaces. 21st Century Fox has supported the organization since 1999.
For more information, visit NewYorkCares.org.
As part of its mission to promote diversity in the broadcast journalism industry, the Fox News Ailes Apprentice Program has named Alexander Pineda, a senior journalism student at Hofstra University, and Clayshawn Marie Moore, a senior journalism student at Saint Augustine University, as the recipients of the 2014-15 Ailes Rising Apprentice Scholarship.
"The Ailes Rising Apprentice award means so much because it's a part of a great program that has a history of inspiring success," said Pineda. "I have an amazing opportunity to build relationships and really start my career off on the right foot."
The scholarship grants $10,000 in tuition remission, plus a paid position at the Fox News Channel in the summer and an opportunity to participate in the Ailes Apprentice Program, which celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year.
"My parents always told me that hard work pays off," Moore said. "The excitement that I have right now surpasses what any words can truly describe... I hope that this great achievement inspires others to set high goals."
For more information on the Ailes Apprentice Program, visit AilesApprentice.FoxNews.com.
On Thursday, November 13th, Fox News Channel will host a graduation ceremony for the latest class of fellows from the Ailes Apprentice Program, a professional development initiative for television journalists from diverse backgrounds. The event will also mark the 10th anniversary of the program, which has become a leader in promoting diversity in the broadcast journalism industry.
Each year, the Ailes Apprentice Program, founded by Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, selects four top-performing Fox News employees, interns, or freelancers to participate in a 12-month paid fellowship that includes cross-divisional training and comprehensive mentorships with Fox News executives. The apprentices also gain hands-on experience by creating diversity-oriented content to air on the channel. Most recently, the fellows worked closely with Fox & Friends to create a special interview series honoring Hispanic Heritage Month.
"Throughout the past 10 years, the Ailes Apprentice Program has provided opportunities that young minorities otherwise wouldn't have to become stars in the media field of their choice," Ailes said in a statement. "Our ultimate goal is to inspire change in the television industry through the program's continued success and achievements in diversity."
Many of the program's graduates have enjoyed successful journalism careers. Francisco Cortes, now a Vice President at Fox News Latino, was a member of the program's inaugural class, and he now regularly serves as a mentor for the apprenticeship program.
"It's refreshing to see the chairman of the company involved so heavily," Cortes told Broadcasting & Cable in an interview. "[After graduation,] Mr. Ailes makes sure that you continue on a track of success through the company."
For more information on the Ailes Apprentice Program and the current group of fellows, visit AilesApprentice.FoxNews.com.
For the third year in a row, the Ailes Apprentice Program has partnered with Fox & Friends to create a special interview series to honor Hispanic Heritage Month. The series, which highlights remarkable stories from the Latino community, will run until Friday, October 10th.
FOX News correspondent Alicia Acuna will host weekly interviews with prominent Latin-Americans, including Mayorga Coffee founder Martin Mayorga, Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez, and Francisco Nunez, Director of the Young People's Chorus of New York City. Acuna's interview with pop star Jose Feliciano, the first installment in this year's series, is available on FoxNewsInsider.com.
Since its founding in 2003, the Ailes Apprentice Program has been a driving force in supporting and promoting diversity in broadcast and cable journalism. Each year, AAP selects a group of individuals to participate in the 12-month program, which includes a full-time job and comprehensive mentorships with key Fox executives. For more information on the program, visit AilesApprentice.FoxNews.com.