Host of ¡Adelante!
Patricia Gomez, a broadcasting professional with more than 24 years of experience in public television, is the producer and host for the Milwaukee Public Television production, ¡Adelante!A native of Mexico, Gomez spent more than 15 years at WMSLP in San Luis Potosi. She was a producer and host and also had other training and supervision responsibilities at the Mexican public television station. She has a bachelor's degree in communication science from the San Luis Potosi State University in Mexico and a master's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Gomez gave the commencement address at UW-Platteville in spring of 2008.
On Thursday, Nov. 8, 2008, Gomez received an award from the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association for demonstrating courage and leadership regarding legal issues affecting Hispanics. The award, La Rosa Blanca (The White Rose) recognizes individuals who have advanced principles such as access to justice that are important to the association.
Also in 2008, Gomez was recognized by The Other America Tour of the American Civil Liberties Union for efforts by ¡Adelante! on behalf of Wisconsin youth. ¡Adelante! received the William Gorham Rice Civil Libertarian of the Year Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin Foundation in 2004.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also awarded her a certificate of appreciation for advocacy on behalf of the 163,000 Latino children missing yearly in the United States.
Gomez has been cited by Milwaukee's Shepherd Express newspaper as one of the city's most accomplished Latinas in the media area. "A native of Mexico, Gomez has made the weekly Spanish-language program, ¡Adelante! into one of the Midwest's best Latino shows for its focus on education, social justice and culture," the Milwaukee newspaper said.
Gomez is the recipient of several other honors. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has given Gomez an Outstanding Service Award "in appreciation for outstanding support and contribution and expertise as a speaker to the Department's National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration."
Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has presented Gomez with a Certificate of Commendation honoring "her enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication in serving Wisconsin's Latino community and the people of the State of Wisconsin."
She also has been honored by Voces de la Frontera, a local community organization, for hosting and producing "an excellent and informative program...extremely important to the Latino community."