Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) will receive the Congressional Advocate Award at the second annual Multicultural Media Correspondents Dinner May 25.
Cárdenas is a founder of the Multicultural Media Caucus and is being saluted for his championing of diversity in the media.
Cárdenas has called communications the people’s space, not corporate America’s, adding that those corporations should reflect the diversity of their audiences but don’t. He said the job of Congress was to hold up a mirror to that fact.
“Throughout my career I’ve strived to be a voice for diversity and inclusion,” said Cárdenas of the honor. “A diverse media in front of and behind the camera is not just a way to ensure all Americans are heard and represented—it’s also good business. I’m honored and humbled to receive this award. I will not stop fighting for these issues until our media fully represents the diverse voices of America.”