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Episode 51: Nora Lopez

Nora Lopez, executive editor at the San Antonio Express-News and president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, joins us March 29 for That Word Chat with Editor Mark Allen.

A 35-year news veteran, Lopez was elected in 2020 as the president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She has long been active with both the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists and the San Antonio Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. 

Lopez, the daughter of migrant farmworkers, was born in Mexico and became a U.S. citizen in 2008. She grew up in Edinburg, Texas, about 30 miles from the Mexican border, and home to Pan American University, now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where she graduated with a BA in communications.

On March 31, Lopez will deliver the opening keynote address at ACES Emerge 2022, the 26th annual conference of ACES: The Society for Editing.

Sign up below for the Zoom link, and then join us at 4:30 p.m. EDT (3:30 p.m. in San Antonio and 20:30 UTC) on Tuesday, March 29.


Past episodes with links to YouTube

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Videos generally post eight to ten weeks after the live show on Zoom.


Episode 1 (April 7): Mary Norris

Episode 2 (April 14): Steve Kleinedler and Kory Stamper

Episode 3 (April 21): Roy Peter Clark

Episode 4 (April 28): Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett

Episode 5 (May 5): Ellen Jovin and Brandt Johnson

Episode 6 (May 12): David Crystal

Episode 7 (May 19) Ammon Shea and Peter Sokolowski

Episode 8 (May 26) Lynne Murphy

Episode 9 (June 9): Karen Yin

Episode 10 (June 16): Mignon Fogarty

Episode 11 (June 23): Jesse Sheidlower with special guest Colleen Newvine

Episode 12 (June 30): Jane Friedman

Episode 13 (July 14): Stan Carey and James Harbeck of Strong Language

Episode 14 (July 28): Steve Bien-Aime

Episode 15 (August 11): Ben Zimmer

Episode 16 (August 25): Alaina Lavoie and Caroline Tung Richmond of We Need Diverse Books

Episode 17 (September 8): Heather Bonikowski and John Kelly of

Episode 18 (September 22): The Quad: Erin Brenner, Sarah Grey, Katharine O'Moore-Klopf, Adrienne Montgomerie, Lori Paximadis, Laura Poole, Amy Schneider

Episode 19 (October 6): Carol Saller

Episode 20 (October 20): Linda Kass of Gramercy Books

Episode 21 (November 10): The Word Puzzlers

Episode 22 (November 17): Merrill Perlman and Teresa Schmedding of the ACES Academy

Episode 23 (December 1): Rob and Teresa Reinalda

Episode 24 (December 15): Emily Brewster




Episode 25 (January 5): The Word of the Year: Ben Zimmer, Peter Sokolowski, John Kelly, Katherine Connor Martin plus Wendalyn Nichols and Lynne Murphy

Episode 26 (January 19): Malini Devadas

Episode 27 (February 2): Kory Stamper

Episode 28 (February 16): Cynthia Williams

Episode 29 (March 2): Grammar Day Celebration with Martha Brockenbrough and Special Guests

Episode 30 (March 16): Iva Cheung

Episode 31 (March 30): June Casagrande

Episode 32 (April 13): Dennis Baron

Episode 33 (April 27): Barbara Wallraff

May 11: Patron Happy Hour (private event)

Episode 34 (May 25): Maisha Maurant and Sangeeta Mehta

Episode 35 (June 8): Lisa McLendon

Episode 36 (June 22): Hannah Franz

Episode 37 (July 6): Arika Okrent

Episode 38 (July 20): Megan Figueroa

Episode 39 (August 3): Ann Friedman

Episode 40 (August 17): Gretchen McCulloch

Episode 41 (August 31): Russell Harper and Daniel Heuman

Episode 42 (September 14): Erin McKean

Episode 43 (September 28): Denise Cowle and Louise Harnby

Episode 44 (October 12): Crystal Shelley

Episode 45 (October 26): Fred Shapiro

Episode 46 (November 9): Paula Froke

Episode 47 (December 7): The Word Puzzlers II


Episode 48 (January 11): The Word of the Year 2021, featuring an international panel of lexicographers

January 18: Patron Holiday Party (private event)

Episode 49 (February 1): Anne Curzan

Episode 50 (March 1): Dennis Duncan

Episode 51: (March 29): Nora Lopez

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