Félix Gutiérrez is Vice President and Executive Director of The Freedom Forum Pacific Coast Center. Formerly a journalism professor at the University of Southern California (1979-1990) and California State University, Northridge (1974-1979), he also covered media issues on a weekly basis for the Los Angeles bureau of the Associated Press in the late 1980s. He is the author and coauthor of three books and more than 45 scholarly articles or book chapters on media, nearly all focusing on racial diversity and the media. His education includes a doctorate (1976) and master's degree (1972) in communication from Stanford University, and a bachelor's degree in social studies from California State University, Los Angeles.
He is the first executive director of the California Chicano News Media Association (1978-1980), and a member of the boards of directors of the National Latino Communications Center and Hispanics in Philanthropy. He has been a scholar at the Tomás Rivera Center in Claremont, California and consultant on Latino media issues to a number of community, corporate, non-profit, and government organizations.
He joined The Freedom Forum's predecessor, the Gannett Foundation, in January 1990 and was responsible for day-to-day administration of the organization's journalism education and professional grants and programs through October 1993. In November 1993 he moved from the Freedom Forum's World Center in Arlington, Virginia, to develop Freedom Forum efforts in the Western United States.