Tony Yapias is a native of Junin, Peru.  In 1981, at the age of  fourteen, he immigrated to the United States.  He received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University and served as Director of the Utah State Office of Hispanic Affairs under Governors  Michael Leavitt and Olene Walker.  Currently, he is a columnist for the weekly newspaper El Estrandar and hosts a weekly radio program “Pulso Latino” on Radio Exitos, 1550 AM in Salt Lake City.