Leonard Novarro’s writing as a journalist has stirred hope, promise, and change. As an editor, his leadership produced two thought-
Mr. Novarro joined the Tribune as a writer in 1984 and, according to Tribune Managing Editor George Dissinger, “quickly established himself as the most readable, exciting writer in the ‘Scene’ section.” He was promoted to editor two years later. While reporting for the Memphis Press-
In 1981, he was asked to assemble a staff from throughout the Memphis Press-
Mr. Novarro began his newspaper career with the Staten Island Advance as a police reporter and joined the Orlando Sentinel in 1973 as a bureau chief supervising twelve reporters in daily news gathering. He also wrote features and investigative pieces and served as assistant national-
From 1984 to 1986, Mr. Novarro’s writing for the San Diego Tribune captured numerous facets of the San Diego lifestyle and ranged from detailed profiles to in-
Upon leaving the San Diego Tribune in 1992, Mr. Novarro embarked on a freelance career, writing for dozens of publications as diverse as Westways and Alaska Airlines magazines, Asia Inc., and the Asia Times. He also served as Reuters correspondent covering San Diego and northern Mexico.
Author, left, with childhood best friend who took his own turn at newspapers (right).
In 2002, recognizing the emergence and rapidly growing strength of the Asian and Pacific Islander community, Mr. Novarro, with partner Rosalynn Carmen, designed and produced the first newspaper of its kind serving the Asian American community of Southern California in English. Mr. Novarro and Ms. Carmen began publishing ASIA as a community newspaper every two weeks in June 2002. In less than two years, the newspaper grew from 2,000 to 20,000 in circulation and by 2007 was producing a second edition of 40,000 copies twice a month exclusively for Los Angeles. Writing about the achievements of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans led Mr. Novarro and Ms. Carmen to create the annual Asian Heritage Awards and the Asian Heritage Society BOOSTEM educational program for high school students. Both have been honored for their public service by the San Diego Press Club and the City of San Diego Human Relations Commission.
Mr. Novarro has also served the field of journalism as
Teacher: Several interns he trained went on to successful careers with such publications as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Newsday.
Designer: He created, wrote, and edited a prototype news magazine, Florida, in 1977 and introduced modular design to the Colorado Springs Gazette-
Researcher: His investigative pieces for the Orlando Sentinel in the 1970s included articles on the Ku Klux Klan and the anti-
Speaker: In San Diego, he has addressed community groups and business and professional organizations on media-
He is a graduate of St. Peter’s College and an army veteran and earned his master’s degree credits at Florida Technological University.