About Tony Tony Hernandez is the Communications Manager for Oregon Environmental Council.
Tony Hernandez joins OEC after more than eight years in the newspaper industry, where he covered city/county government, school boards, crime and justice, extreme weather and other breaking news.
Born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Houston, Tony has a Colombian mother and Cuban father. He sadly has no talent, whatsoever, in dancing salsa, merengue or cumbia. After stepping on too many toes and feet, he thinks both bloodlines cancelled out any potential aptitude. Despite that, he was raised in a loving, conservative family that put him through a Catholic education ending in a Jesuit high school graduation.
Tony spent his 20s waiting tables/bartending, studying journalism at the University of Houston and working with Amigos De Las Americas, a Houston-based nonprofit that sends nationwide high school and college students to work in Latin America for the summer. Tony worked supervisory positions in Paraguay and Bolivia before taking a role as project director again in Bolivia and then in Nicaragua.
He graduated from the University of Houston in December 2008 with bachelor’s in journalism and a minor in Latin American studies. Two months later, he became a cub reporter in New Mexico. Since then, he has worked in Kansas, Arkansas and Tennessee before The Oregonian hired him at the end of 2014. At The O, Tony covered the Multnomah County government and its social services, including homelessness and 2016’s Springwater Corridor homeless sweep, crime and justice and other breaking news.
Along the way, Tony represented Region 12 members (four southern states) of the Society of Professional Journalists. As a board member, he organized regional journalism conferences, ran newspaper contests and enjoyed coaching and helping student journalists in the region.
Tony’s storytelling skill set has grown from writing and computer-assisted reporting to photography and in recent years, videography. He’s currently enrolled in the University of Oregon’s master’s degree program for multimedia journalism, and he’s learning documentary and high-end video production.
A lover of craft beer and good food, Tony feels like he’s a kid in a candy store in Portland. He’s a sports fan, especially football. Much to the chagrin of his local friends, Tony is a Houston Cougar first, then an Oregon Duck. He’ll also cheer for any other Texan team, except Tech. He’s a fan of documentaries, binge-watching Netflix or HBO and social excursions with friends.
He grew up in a very flat area, so Oregon’s beautiful scenery never gets old. He has explored the coast and some of the gorge, but there’s so much more he’s looking to get to know and enjoy.
I Work to Protect Oregon Because…
The natural beauty of this state deserves its advocacy, and Oregonians have the opportunity to show the country and the world its leadership in climate protection and desire to create healthy communities.
How to Contact Tony:
Phone: 503-222-1963 x115