Jorge Ramos Biography

Jorge Ramos

Has been called “Star newscaster of Hispanic TV” and “Hispanic TV’s No. 1 correspondent and key to a huge voting bloc” by The Wall Street Journal. Time magazine included him in the list of “the 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States” and Newsweek in its list of 50 political and media figures.

A survey conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center found that Ramos is the second most recognized Latino leader in the country. Latino Leaders magazine chose him as one of “The Ten Most Admired Latinos” and “101 Top Leaders of the Latino Community in the U.S.”

The Miami Herald said, “As household names go, Jorge Ramos is huge…in Miami, Los Angeles and Houston, his newscast consistently beats out all the other networks for the top ratings”. More than 2 million people tune in daily to his newscast and almost a million to his Sunday morning political show. (The Nielsen Company)

Jorge Ramos has been the anchorman for Noticiero Univision since 1986. In addition Ramos also hosts “Al Punto”, Univision’s weekly public affairs program offering in- depth analysis of the week’s top-stories and exclusive interviews with newsmakers. He is also the host of Fusion’s “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos,” a hard-hitting news program geared towards young adults.

Among his many recognitions, he received the Maria Moors Cabot award from the University of Columbia and has won 8 Emmy awards for excellence in journalism (including the first one ever presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to honor leaders of Spanish Language Television). He was honored in 2002 with the “Ruben Salazar” award by the National Council of La Raza for his positive portrayal of Latinos. In 2008 The Commonwealth Club of California recognized him with the Distinguished Citizen Award for being one of the outstanding individuals who embody the American Dream as an immigrant to the United States.

His most recent book is “A Country for All; An Immigrant Manifesto” (Vintage/ RandomHouse). Ramos received the Latino Book Award in 2006.

He is the author of ten books and bestsellers: “Behind the Mask”, “What I Saw”, “The Other Face of America”, “Hunting the Lion”, his autobiography “No Borders: a Journalist’s Search for Home”, “The Latino Wave”, “Dying to Cross”, “The Gift of Time; Letters from a Father”, and the children’s book “I’m Just Like My Dad/I’m Just Like My Mom” (HarperCollins) and “A Country for All; An Immigrant Manifesto”.

Ramos has been instrumental in promoting literacy among Latinos. In 2002 he created the first book club in the history of Hispanic television: Despierta Leyendo (Wake Up Reading).

He writes a weekly column for more than 40 newspapers in the United States and Latin America distributed by The New York Times Syndicate, provides three daily radio commentary for the Radio Univision network and collaborates with the largest Spanish- language website in the United States (

He is frequently tapped to comment on issues related to Hispanic Americans and has been featured in NBC’s Today Show, CBS’ Early Show, ABC’s “Nightline”, CNN’s “Larry King”, “Crossfire” and “Lou Dobbs”, Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor”, PBS’ “Charlie Rose”, HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”, Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report”, among many others.

Ramos is one of the most respected journalists among the 50 million Hispanics in the United States and in the 13 Latin American countries where his newscast is seen every night. He has covered five wars (El Salvador, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq) and has been a witness to some of the most important news stories of the last two decades, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the disintegration of the former Soviet Union, 9/11 and the catastrophe of hurricane Katrina.

He has interviewed some of the most influential leaders in the world: Barack Obama, John McCain, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Harry Reid, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, John Edwards, Al Gore, George Bush Sr., John Kerry, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, Felipe Calderon and dozens of Latin American presidents.

Jorge Ramos is an immigrant. He came to the United States as a student in 1983. In November 1986, at age 28, he became one of the youngest national news anchors in the history of American television. Since then, he has been called “the voice of the voiceless” for other immigrants like him.

Ramos holds a degree in communication at the Ibero-American University in México City and has a Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Miami. The University of Richmond gave him an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in 2007.

He is a father of two, plays soccer every Saturday morning and is considered one of the most eloquent, credible and powerful voices of Hispanic America.

He was born in Mexico City on March 16, 1958.

Jorge Ramos has received the following awards:

  • 2010-International Journalism Award. Mexico Press Club (Club de Periodistas de México A.C.)
  • 2009- Award for a Lifetime of Achievement in Hispanic Television, which is presented collectively by leading television trade publications, Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable.
  • 2008 -Distinguished Citizen Award. Commonwealth Club. San Francisco.
  • 2007-University of Richmond. Doctor in Letters. Honorary Degree.
  • 2006 -Latino Book Award for Dying to Cross (Best History/Political Book) given by Latino Literacy Now and Book Expo America.
  • 2005 -Honorary Emmy Award. “The trustees of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honor Jorge Ramos in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the prominence and distinction of Spanish language television in the United States.” Presented in San Antonio, Texas on June 3rd 2005.
  • 2004 -Journalist of the Year by the Latin Business Club of America.
  • Cervantes Award, given by Nova Southeastern University and the Hispanic Advisory Board of Miami Dade County for the “most significant contribution to the enhancement of Hispanic education.”
  • Chairman’s Humanitarian Award from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute for the promotion of Latino issues through television, books and newspaper articles
  • American Association of Publishers’ Honors Award (previously won by Ophra Winfrey)
  • 2003 -Barry University’s David Brinkley Award for Journalistic Excellence. He is the first Hispanic ever to win that award; previous recipients are David Brinkley (ABC) himself, Ted Koppel (ABC), Tim Russert (NBC), Helen Thomas (UPI) and Bernard Shaw (CNN).
  • Hispanic Role Model of the Year by the City of Miami.
  • 2002-Ruben Salazar Award by the National Council of La Raza for his positive portrayal of Latinos.
  • Ron Brown Award from the National Child Labor Committee for “helping young people overcome prejudice and discrimination”.
  • 2001-Maria Moors Cabot Award from the University of Columbia
  • 1998 -News and Documentary Emmy Award (National) Outstanding Instant Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast. “Hurricane Mitch” (Nov 2-4, 1998) Awarded to Noticiero Univision.
  • Jorge Ramos, anchor -News and Documentary Emmy Award (National) Outstanding Instant Coverage of a News Story (Program) “Tragedy in Central America” (Nov 4, 1998) Awarded to Univision News- Jorge Ramos, anchor.
  • 1996- Suncoast Regional Emmy Award Talent/News/Magazine “Subcomandante Marcos”
  • 1995- Suncoast Regional Emmy Award -Talent/News/Magazine “Chiapas”
  • Suncoast Regional Emmy Award -Public Affairs segment/Community Issues “Chiapas”
  • 1992-Suncoast Regional Emmy Award- Individual Achievement/Talent/ On Camera “A Divided Nation” (Special program)
  • 1991- Suncoast Regional Emmy Award -Reporting Spot News “Kuwait: The Price of Victory”