Joe Arce

Publisher of KC Hispanic News

Where were you born and raised?
Born in KCMO In the HEART of Kansas City Westside Mexican community.

What is your family heritage?
Mexican American.

What is your occupation?
Publisher of KC Hispanic News and this month September 16, we celebrate our 24 years of serving KC metro and also celebrating 50 years of covering news in KCMO.

How have you supported or contributed to the local Hispanic/Latinx community?
Over the last 35 years I have been a part of Guadalupe Centers, Co-founded Hispanic Media Association. Co- founded the Latino Advocacy Taskforce at Mattie Rhodes, Co-founded the Kansas City Cesar E. Chavez committee with the University of Central Missouri. Serve on various boards throughout my professional career.

How do you connect with your Hispanic/Latinx culture?
Through my involvement in the Latino communities in both Kansas and Missouri and with my newspaper KC Hispanic News.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Playing outside of my house with neighboring kids. Working at a young age at area stores in the Westside community.

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?
It's a time to reflect what I have done or not done for my community. It also a time to showcase the many contributions of the Latino/Hispanic/Latinx people and how we as a group can help one another with the issues that face our communities and our country. We must work together to solving problems and setting examples for the next generation of leaders.

In your opinion, what is the most important issue facing the Hispanic/Latinx community?
An affordable college education, good paying wages and affordable homeownership.

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