NEW YORK, October 29 —Simon & Schuster announced today that Aminda (Mindy) Marqués González will join the company’s adult trade publishing imprint as Vice President and Executive Editor, starting on November 30th.
“I am thrilled that Mindy Marqués is joining Simon & Schuster and bringing her unique and extensive story-telling expertise to our imprint. Mindy will help broaden the range of voices and stories we publish, and will help us expand further into diverse and underrepresented markets,” said Dana Canedy, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster. “Mindy is an award-winning national journalist and newsroom executive who has led coverage of some of the most historic events of our time. As co-chairperson of the Pulitzer Prize board, she also brings a unique perspective to evaluating books.”
Marqués added, “I have spent much of my career helping to find and tell the hidden stories of diverse, dynamic and complex communities. Most often, they begin as local and regional stories but they resonate nationally. With Simon & Schuster I will have the privilege to expand the audience for these stories and to help find fresh new voices and authors that represent the rich tapestry of this country. In journalism, the most powerful stories combine deep reporting with beautifully woven narratives. My plan is to bring that sensibility to my new role.”
Aminda (Mindy) Marqués González is currently Senior Vice President/News and Executive Editor of the Miami Herald Media Company and McClatchy’s Florida Regional Editor, which includes Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald, Bradenton Herald, the Keys digital products and the Tallahassee bureau.
Born in New York to Cuban immigrant parents, Marqués began her career as an intern at the Miami Herald and rose through the ranks to become the paper’s first Hispanic editor in 2010. She is only the second woman to hold the post.
Her career has included assignments as a metro reporter, assistant city editor and deputy metro editor, directing the Miami Herald’s local, state and community news operations. She also was Miami bureau chief for People magazine, overseeing coverage for the southeast U.S., the Caribbean and Latin America.
She returned to the Miami Herald in 2007, where she was a multimedia editor and Sunday/features editor before being named managing editor in May 2010 and executive editor in October 2010.
During her tenure as executive editor, the Miami Herald has won two Pulitzer Prizes and has been a finalist four times. In 2017, the Herald was awarded two Pulitzers, for explanatory reporting and editorial cartooning. The Herald was a finalist in public service for an investigative series detailing Florida’s systemic failures in regulating assisted-living facilities (2012); in local reporting for a series that detailed a local drug sting operation that cost millions but yielded no arrests (2016); in investigative reporting for its series on juvenile prison abuses (2018); and in explanatory reporting for an investigation into money-laundering and Bank Secrecy Act violations in the multibillion-dollar gold trade between Latin America and the United States (2019). The Miami Herald has won a total of 22 Pulitzer Prizes in its history.
Marqués is a 1986 graduate of the University of Florida, where she was honored as an Alumni of Distinction by the College of Journalism and Communications in 2012. She received the Presidential Impact award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in 2016 and was inducted into NAHJ’s Hall of Fame in 2018. She was awarded the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year award in 2019.
Marqués currently serves as co-chair on the Pulitzer Prize Board, the first Hispanic to serve in that capacity. She sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Communications and Journalism at Florida International University, as well as the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for Women in Communication.
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