LOS ANGELES -- Dodger broadcaster Alanna Rizzo will be honored by Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) tomorrow as part of HOPE's 26th annual awards dinner at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Dodger first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is expected to introduce Rizzo. HOPE, one of the nation's leading women's leadership and advocacy organizations, celebrates Latina leaders in California that have demonstrated leadership and innovation in their respective fields. Rizzo is their "HOPE Rising" honoree.
HOPE board members, corporate sponsors, volunteers and community supporters will come together to celebrate the accomplishments of both Rizzo and "Ray of HOPE" honoree Nathalie Rayes, who currently serves as the U.S. National Public Relations Director for Grupo Salinas. HOPE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy, and education to benefit all communities and the status of women.
"I am truly honored to be receiving the HOPE Rising Award," said Rizzo. "When an organization like HOPE, that for 26 years has been working to advance and amplify the voice of Latinas, notices your work and the impact it has on others, it only elevates my commitment to continue to work harder to open the doors for young Latinas that follow in my footsteps."
Rizzo is entering her third season as a member of the Dodger broadcast team, where she serves as SportsNet LA's in-game reporter for games called by Charley Steiner, Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra, while also hosting the pre-and post-game shows from Dodger Stadium.
Rizzo is a nationally recognized television sports journalist, reporter and studio host. A three-time regional Emmy Award winner, Rizzo has been covering professional and collegiate sports for more than 10 years. Before coming to Los Angeles, Rizzo could be seen on MLB Network, where she appeared across all of the network's studio programming, including "Intentional Talk" and "Quick Pitch," as well as reporting from the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Red Carpet, the MLB Postseason and the World Baseball Classic.
Previously, Rizzo was with ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain in Denver, working as a sideline reporter and host for the Colorado Rockies, University of Colorado and University of Denver broadcasts. Rizzo graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she earned an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism.
HOPE is a 501 c3 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy, and education to benefit all communities and the status of women.