John Heaston, long-time publisher of El Perico in Omaha, has passed away.  

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The National Association of Hispanic Publications released the following statement on their social media. “It’s with much sadness that we share the following news; we were informed that John Heaston passed away the morning of May 31st after a long battle with Leukemia. John was the Publisher at The Reader and El Perico in Omaha, Nebraska. He was a long-time Board Member at the NAHP and his unwavering dedication and advocacy for our association, as well as for the NNPA and the Association of Alternative News Media, was truly admirable. He pioneered the NAHP’s Digital Program and brought tremendous partners such as Google and other benefits to all of our members.” 

On the day of his passing, he was honored as the Omaha Press Club’s 178th Face on the Barroom Floor.

A statement by the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards read:

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“Today we sadly say goodbye to John Heaston. John’s immense impact on the arts in Omaha and his dedication to amplifying unheard voices has made a lasting difference. John was the co-founder and longest-serving board member of the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards as well as the visionary behind The Reader and El Perico publications.

John’s contributions helped shape our community into what it is today through his involvement in radio, film, journalism, political activism, and everything arts media as a driving force for creatives and the underrepresented in Omaha. Beyond his professional achievements, John was also our cherished friend whose presence will be deeply missed.” – Doug Meigs, OEAAs

Rest In Peace, John. 

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