Rafael Olmeda joined the staff of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel as a general assignment reporter in 1999. Before that, he spent six years as a reporter for the New York Daily News, covering his home town of the Bronx. He won third place in the Florida Press Club's contest for Crime Reporting that year, and was part of a team that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize earlier this year. In July he was promoted to Assistant City Editor.
Mr. Olmeda was elected President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in 2006. In this role he advocates for fair and accurate reporting of Latino communities and issues while upholding the highest standards of journalistic excellence.
In 2004 he became an adjunct professor of writing and grammar at Florida International University.