The Jorge Ramos biography begins in Mexico City, where the future media star was born in 1958. Young Jorge grew up enjoying track, soccer, and tennis. Even as a high school student, he had a grand vision for his future, wanting to become “indispensable” to his community.
He studied communications at Mexico City’s Universidad Iberoamericana and soon earned a post as a reporter for the Mexican media conglomerate Televisa. Unfortunately, Ramos found that Televisa often censored his stories in an effort to appease Mexico’s then-ruling party, PRI.
In search of freedom of speech, Ramos secured a student visa and moved to Los Angeles in 1983. After a year of waiting tables to pay for his studies at UCLA, Ramos got his big break when a local Univision TV affiliate hired him as a reporter. This in turn led to another job on the morning news in Miami Florida, and finally to a spot on Univision’s national broadcast.
Jorge Ramos Biography – Career with Univision
Experts consider Jorge Ramos one of the most recognized and respected journalists in the Hispanic community, not only in the US but also in Latin America. Ramos has his partnership with Univision to thank for this.
When Univision promoted him to their evening news anchor in 1986, Ramos became one of the youngest news anchors America had ever seen. Yet he conducted himself with the utmost professionalism, taking on serious social and political issues in his stories and speaking with eloquence, power, and credibility.
Ramos has interviewed every US president since George Bush Sr. as well as dozens of Latin American presidents, including such controversial figures as Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro.
He has earned a reputation for being “the voice of the voiceless,” willing to ask tough questions and shine light on issues others would perhaps prefer not to discuss.
Even after getting punched by a bodyguard for asking Fidel Castro a tough question about democratic elections, Jorge Ramos has continued to uphold his high standards of journalistic integrity on his daily news show, his weekly political show, and in countless guest appearances on English stations from CNN to PBS to Fox News.
Today Jorge Ramos’ Univision show reaches six times as many Hispanic homes as any English news station.
He has earned countless recognitions for his influence in the Latino community and in the world of journalism, including:
• 8 Emmys for excellence in journalism
• Maria Moors Cabot Award for excellence in journalism
• Ruben Salazar Award for positive portrayal of Latinos from the Council of La Raza
• Featured in Time magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Hispanics in the US
• Featured in Newsweek’s list of Top 50 Political and Media Figures
• Named one of Top Ten Latino Leaders by Latino Leaders magazine
• Received Latino Book Award in 2006
Jorge Ramos Books
Of course, no Jorge Ramos biography would be complete without mention of his writing. In addition to his TV appearances, Ramos writes a weekly column that appears in over 40 newspapers in The New York Times Syndicate.
Ramos has also penned 10 books, many which explore a topic very close to his heart, namely immigration. These books include:
• The Latino Wave: How Hispanics Are Transforming Politics in America
• No Borders: A Journalist’s Search for Home
• Dying to Cross: The Worst Immigrant Tragedy in American History
• The Other Face of America: Chronicles of the Immigrants Shaping Our Future
• What I Saw
• Hunting the Lion
• Behind the Mask
• The Gift of Time: Letters from a Father
• A Country For all: An Immigrant Manifesto
• I’m Just Like My Dad/I’m Just Like My Mom (children’s book)
If you would like to learn more about Jorge Ramos, his autobiography, No Borders: A Journalist’s Search for Home, makes an excellent place to start.
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