Jorge Ramos Biography

Jorge Ramos

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 put him on one of the covers for its “100 most influential people in the world” (2015 issue) and on the list of “the 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States”.

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.”

“Ramos carries near biblical authority, at least in the eyes of his nearly 2 million nightly viewers”, Forbes magazine reported.

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). TIME magazine included him in the list of The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2012 (@jorgeramosnews)

Ramos has been the anchorman for Noticiero Univision since 1986. In addition, Ramos hosts “Al Punto”, Univision’s weekly public affairs program offering in-depth analysis of the week’s top-stories and exclusive interviews with newsmakers. Also, he is the anchor for the program “Show Me Something” for the English-language network Fusion.

He received the Maria Moors Cabot award from the University of Columbia and has won 10 Emmy awards (including an honorary Emmy and a Lifetime Achievement award). In 2017 he received the Walter Cronkite award for excellence in political journalism for “advancing the conversation about what divides us as a country.”

He is the author of thirteen books and bestsellers: “Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era”, “Take a Stand; Lessons from Rebels”, “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”, “A Country for All; An Immigrant Manifesto”, “Los Presidenciables” (only in Spanish) and the children’s book “I’m Just Like My Dad/I’m Just Like My Mom”.

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 and collaborates with the largest Spanish-language website in the United States (www.univision.com) and with Fusion.net

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, Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor”, PBS’ “Charlie Rose”, HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”, Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” among many others.

Ramos is one of the most respected journalists among the 55 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 three 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, Mitt Romney, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Harry Reid, Newt Gingrich, John McCain, 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. On 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 Bachelor’s degree in communication from 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.

AWARDS

  • 2017-Gabriel García Márquez Award for Excellence in Journalism (FNPI Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano)
  • 2017-Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Journalism.
  • 2017-Goldsmith Career Award from the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University.
  • 2016-Emmy for Best Newscast in Spanish.
  • 2015-Latism. Best Latino Political Journalist using Tech Innovation and Social Media.
  • 2014-Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the cause of press freedom.
  • 2014-Rey de España award for the coverage of the presidential elections in the U.S.
  • 2014- National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Distinguished Service Award. Previous award recipients include Bob Schieffer, Michael J. Fox, Mary Tyler Moore, President Ronald Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite, Oprah Winfrey and Charles Osgood, among others.
  • 2014- Premio Rey de España. For interviews with President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney during the 2013 presidential election.
  • 2013-International Journalism Award. Mexico Press Club (Club de Periodistas de México A.C.) for his weekly column (Artículo de Fondo)
  • 2013- National Press Foundation’s Sol Taishoff Award. Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.
  • 2012- Emmy-Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 2012- RTNDA’s John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award. (“Awarded when an individual clearly upholds the values and principles we stand as journalist. Other notable Hogan award recipients include Walter Cronkite and Lara Logan.)
  • 2012- Best Latin@ Journalist Covering Latino Issues in Social Media #Latism (Latinos In Social Media)
  • 2011-International Journalism Award. Mexico Press Club for his interviews with the presidential candidates in Mexico.
  • 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.
  • 2004-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.”
  • 2004-Chairman’s Humanitarian Award from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute for the promotion of Latino issues through television, books and newspaper articles
  • 2004-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).
  • 2003-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.
  • 2002-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
  • 1998 -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”
  • 1995-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”
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