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Hugo Balta

ESPN Deportes
Senior Director of Hispanic Initiatives

Hugo Balta is a the Senior Director of Hispanic Initiatives at ESPN Deportes.

Hugo’s work focuses on identifying opportunities for ESPN teams to collaborate in the development and production of content relevant to U.S. Hispanics in English and Spanish across all platforms and networks.

Hugo is a Diversity and Inclusion media consultant who implements intersectional thinking in transforming corporate cultures to develop new processes in serving multicultural audiences.

His nearly 25 year, award winning career includes leadership positions at CBS, Telemundo and NBC networks before joining ESPN in 2011.


Mr. Balta is a member of and sits on several national and local boards focused on the fair and accurate treatment of minority communities including the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), an organization he served as president, was inducted to the Hall of Fame. He founded the Hortencia Zavala Scholarship to benefit NAHJ students.


Hugo is a best-selling author and sought after writer and speaker leading discussions and training on the opportunities of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and marketplace..

Mr. Balta is a resident of Central Connecticut where he lives with his wife and two children.