Bel Hernandez is an award-winning journalist and CEO of Latin Heat Media, a multi-platform media and entertainment company; and publisher of Latin Heat Magazine, the first, and only, entertainment trade publication focused on Latinos in Hollywood founded in1992. (www.latinheat.com). Currently she is executive producer and host of HOLA! LA the first English-language TV talk show a Latina POV hosted by four professional Latinas currently airing on KCAL9 and KCBS2 (www. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/category/hola-la/)
Ms. Hernandez was been dubbed “The Godmother of Latino Hollywood” by Moviemaker magazine. She served as a member on the prestigious Peabody Awards Board, for six years, the last as the first ever Latina/o Chair of the board. She was recognized for her journalist endeavors by the Hispanic Public Relations Association; and for her contributions to the Latino entertainment community she received an award by the National Hispanic Media Coalition and in 2012 received a NCLR ALMA Award.
In November of 2012 she added author to her long list of accomplishments as one of eight authors of the anthology 8 Ways to Say I Love My Life published by Arte Publico.
Through her work, Ms. Hernandez fulfills the Latin Heat Media mission of creating content by Latinos and about Latinos for universal audiences. She is married to actor Enrique Castillo and has three grown children.