Cathy Areu

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Cathy Areu
Alma mater Florida State University
Nova Southeastern University
Occupation Owner of Catalina magazine

Cathy Areu is an American author, journalist and frequent news analyst who has appeared on HLN's Showbiz Tonight, HLN's Prime News, CNN's Campbell Brown, CNN's AC360, Fox News O'Reilly Factor, MSNBC's The Daily Rundown and RussiaToday's CrossTalk. She has been a contributing editor for the Washington Post Magazine since 2000, and is the founding publisher of CATALINA magazine.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Areu is the daughter of Cuban immigrants. Areu received her B.A. in English literature from Florida State University, where she was a staff writer for Florida Flambeau. Before graduating, Areu also published a piece on women's rights for a sociology/anthropology journal.

Areu earned an M.S. degree in English Education from Nova Southeastern University, while working as an adult education and Spanish teacher. Upon graduation, Areu taught high school English, ESL, and journalism for Palm Beach County schools, while covering local news for the Chicago Tribune's Sun-Sentinel newspaper. In 1998, Areu moved to The Netherlands and taught "Writing for Publication" for the University of Utrecht.


Since 2000, Areu has been a contributing editor for The Washington Post Magazine, profiling the most famous and influential political figures in U.S. politics, for the column "First Person Singular." Her interview subjects have included First Lady Laura Bush, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Al Franken, and Secretary of State James Baker.

Areu is the founding publisher of Catalina magazine, a multi-platform media company "for the mind, body, and soul of today's Latina." Founded in 2001, Catalina magazine, was created to portray a positive image of U.S. Hispanic women and men in media and entertainment. Folio magazine named Catalina a "Lead Launch" in the magazine's first year. Catalina cover models have included Daisy Fuentes, Natalie Morales, Mario Lopez, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, and Maria Conchita Alonso.

In 2006, Areu's first book, Latino Wisdom, a collection of stories by the nation's best known Hispanic figures, was published by Barricade Books.


  1. ^ Sanchez, Leslie (2007-08-07). Los republicanos: why Hispanics and Republicans need each other. Macmillan. pp. 42–. ISBN 978-1-4039-7802-8. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 

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