He has a proven record of innovation and success as a pioneer of the country’s first digital news channel, an anchor/reporter at NBC Los Angeles focusing on technology and social media and as a journalist entrepreneur attempting to bridge the divide between relative content and consumers.
Mekahlo also has a deep understanding of NAHJ’s mission and priorities. He has been active with NAHJ since he was 16 as a participant of the student projects. Over the past 18 years, Mekahlo has mentor students, lead panels, helped membership drives, donated money, co-programmed a convention and transformed the student projects into one of the country’s first multi-platform programs. The project graduated close to 400 students with skills that prepared them for our current industry. Students have gone on to serve with the dozens of media outlets like the LA Times, NY Times and NBC Network News.
Mekahlo works hard to bring people with different ideas and experiences together in order provide for a richer experience.
Among his accomplishments are his prized NAHJ award for breaking news, 2 Emmy awards, 5 Emmy nominations, a Golden Mike award and the AP award for Journalist of the Year. He started as an intern for the Albuquerque Tribune newspaper, went on to reporter for television stations in El Paso, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. He specialized in technology/social media, immigrations, forest fires and the Mexican drug cartel war.