Ozzie Martinez of NBC 4 New York Receives 2012 “EL Award”


NBC 4 New York's Assistant News Director, Ozzie Martinez, received the annual "EL Award" by El Diario La Prensa. Martinez was selected as one of the most successful and influential Latinos in corporate, business, entertainment, sports and community arenas in the Tri-State area.

Martinez has a rich history that solidifies his sense of pride in his Hispanic roots. After his family fled the Castro regime of Cuba when he was a child, Martinez began his broadcasting career as an intern at MTV Latin America in Miami. He earned his way up in the broadcast industry and has the distinction of being among the youngest of his colleagues to hold his current position as NBC 4 New York's Assistant New Director.

Prior to his promotion, Martinez held the positions of Night Daypart Manager and Senior Daypart manager, responsible for launching the noon and 5pm broadcasts, integrating the station website, social networking, and maintaining the NBC 4 brand across multiple platforms. Martinez has distinguished himself by managing a number of breaking stories, including Hurricane Irene and the Times Square bomb plot, among others.

In his four years at the station, Martinez has received two Emmy Awards and holds regional Murrow Awards from Miami. In addition to Ozzie Martinez, reporter Ivan Taylor of NBC 4 New York's sister station, Telemundo 47 Nueva York, has also received an EL Award. The ten-time Emmy Award-winning journalist has been a part of the Telemundo family since 1998, when he began his career as an intern at Telemundo 51 in South Florida. Taylor joined Telemundo 47 Nueva York in October 2011 as the 6pm and 11pm news weekend anchor.

As "EL Award" recipients, Martinez and Taylor will be featured in a special supplement in the El Diario La Prensa recognizing the accomplishments of all honorees and highlighting each individual's successes and contributions to the Latino community. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, El Diario La Prensa's 9th Annual "EL Awards" will be presented to the most outstanding men in the Latino community on October 25th, 2012 at the Grand Havana Room.

About NBC 4 New York
NBC 4 New York is a part of NBC Owned Television Stations. In addition to NBC 4's main channel, there are a variety of multi-platform programming outlets including New York Nonstop, the station's 24/7 cable news and information station, and out-of-home platforms including TV screens in taxi cabs and N.J. PATH trains. NBC 4 New York's award-winning broadcasts feature news, entertainment, lifestyle and sports programming. For more information, visit www.nbcnewyork.com.