Editor, Newsroom Development and Support, The New York Times
Group: WLA Past Instructors
Charo Henríquez is a digital media executive based in New York City. She has extensive experience working at the intersection of journalism and technology, as well as coaching and mentoring journalists. She is an advocate for women, BIPOC, the intersection of the two and other underrepresented communities in media leadership.
She currently works at The New York Times as Editor of Newsroom Development and Support. She started at the Times in 2017, as Sr. Editor of Digital Storytelling and Training and also worked as Senior Editor of Digital Transition Strategy on the organization’s Digital Transition team.
Charo is also the Secretary of Online News Association’s Executive Board of Directors and a member of the Advisory Council Board to the Spanish-language Journalism Program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School one of Journalism at the City University of New York.
She has been faculty for the ONA/Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media in 2016 and ONA’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, where she coached and mentored some of the most accomplished women moving up the ranks in digital journalism and technology organizations in the United States and internationally.
Before her work at The New York Times, Charo was the Digital Executive Editor for People en Español at Time, Inc. Prior to that, she worked at GFR Media, in her native Puerto Rico. During her tenure at GFR Media she led digital product efforts in the newsroom as their Innovation Editor. While at GFR she also held the positions of Associate Business Director and digital editor for El Nuevo Día and Primera Hora.
Charo specializes in leading innovation and developing strategic and product thinking plans for newsrooms, digital content optimization and audience development with a human-centric approach. She has been a speaker at ONA, NAHJ, Grupo de Diarios de América and the Interamerican Press Society events, among others.
She holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Broadcasting from the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in San Juan and a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico.