Jovet was born and raised in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico into a family where having a good education was important. She was considered a gifted child and quickly advanced in school. She started making speeches when she was 6 years old and by time she was 12, she was a competent orator. She enjoyed participating in her school's extracurricular activities. She was a member of various academic groups including the school's drama club.
Jovet graduated from high school when she was 14 years old and enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico on a scholarship. When she was 17, she graduated with honors with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Sciences.
Jovet's first job was at "WIPR" Channel 6, where she hosted a program called "Club Six" and later a program called "Factory of Art". In 1968, Jovet caught the attention of Leopoldo Santiago Lavandero, who invited her to join his production "Panorama Mundial" as a reporter, at the same Channel. A few years later she was offered the position of anchor for "El Once en la Noticias" at Channel 11 and thus became the first Puerto Rican woman news anchor on the island.
In 1975, Jovet founded her own independent production company and became the host of a show which investigated and interviewed public figures. Among those interviewed was the President of Venezuela Carlos Andrés Pérez. She also covered the arrest of Puerto Rican actress Lydia Echevarría.
Jovet hosted the TV show Sabado Grande (Big Saturday) for a short time before joining Channel 2, where she hosted her own show Carmen "Controversial" Jovet, in which the public was encouraged to participate.
In 1987, The Governor of Puerto Rico Rafael Hernández Colón, named Jovet as the official coordinator in charge of the official state visit of the King and Queen of Spain. In 1992, she was named the Director of Communications of the Commission in charge of the 5th Centennial Celebration of the encounter of the Two Worlds. She was the host of a program called Ahora Podemos Hablar, transmitted through Telemundo TV.
Among the many recognitions bestowed upon her are:
- The title of "Lady Television" by the Superior Council of Art;
- The Order of Duarte Horsemen, Sanchez and Mella by the President of the Dominican Republic Joaquín Balaguer;
- The José de Diego Award from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and
- "Honoris Doctorate Cause" in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
Carmen Jovet is currently active as a radio commentator, hosting her own radio talk/news show on NotiUno radio network - 630AM from 10:00 AM until noon. Besides her career as a journalist, Jovet was an occasional actress and had a small role in the 1989 film Brenda Starr starring Brooke Shields.
In the aftermath of the January 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño asked her to coordinate a telethon to benefit the Red Cross's Haitian relief efforts. The Telethon raised over $3.3 million. In preparation for the telethon, Jovet, along with Puerto Rico Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock, travelled to Haiti and met and interviewed President René Préval, Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and First Lady Elizabeth Préval.
She currently hosts a one-hour weekly interview program, "Ahora Podemos Hablar", on WIPR-TV, Puerto Rico's Government station, on Sunday prime time.
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