Cindy Rodriguez

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Cindy Rodríguez
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Born Cindy E. Rodriguez
Harlem, New York City, United States
Occupation Non-fiction writer, Journalist
Nationality American
Period 1990 to present
Genre Latino culture, immigration, urban affairs

Cindy Rodríguez is an American journalist and writer based in Boston.

Journalism career[edit]

Rodríguez is currently a Journalist-in-Residence [1] at Emerson College. For most of her career, she worked at daily newspapers. She covered race relations and cultural affairs for the Detroit News, was a columnist and blogger at The Denver Post, covered immigration and demographics for The Boston Globe and wrote opinion pieces for the Globe's now-defunct "Focus" section. She also worked at the Akron Beacon Journal, where she primarily covered education issues and was a columnist and youth editor at The Syracuse Newspapers.[2][3]

Conflict with Bill O'Reilly[edit]

Her columns at the Denver Post drew ire from Bill O'Reilly, who, on his TV show described her of being a proponent of "open borders" along with other statements and characterizations.[4] During the October 25, 2005 edition of the Fox News Channel program The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly accused Denver Post columnist Cindy Rodriguez of misquoting him[5] although statements made on O'Reilly's radio program, The Radio Factor,[6] support Rodriguez's claims in her column.[7]

O'Reilly would later list Rodriguez as one of many columnists he believes are influenced by George Soros and Peter Lewis in his book The Culture Warrior.[8]

Teaching journalism[edit]

Rodríguez has taught multimedia journalism at Fordham University, New York University[9] and at Hunter College (CUNY).[10] She has also taught at Metropolitan State College of Denver, Boston University, and Northeastern University. For three years, she ran the Newhouse Minority Journalism program, a year-long educational program on journalism and the media, administered by reporters and editors at The Syracuse Newspapers.[2]


She has been published in more than three dozen newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times,[11] The Village Voice, Time Video and Latina Magazine. Her columns for the Denver Post ran on the New York Times and MediaNews wires.[12]

Rodríguez was one of a handful of Latina columnists working in the U.S. newsmedia.[13]

Board activities[edit]

National Association of Hispanic Journalists[edit]

Rodríguez served as Vice President-Print of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists from 2006 to 2008 and was General At-Large Officer from 2004 to 2006.[14] During her time on the board, she helped create the GLBT Caucus.[15] She is a member of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism committee.[16]

UNITY: Journalists of Color[edit]

From 2007 to 2008, she served as a board member of Unity: Journalists of Color, Inc.[17] She is a member of both the National Association of Black Journalists and Society of Professional Journalists.

Volunteer work[edit]

Rodríguez mentored aspiring journalists working on The ASNE Reporter, the convention newspaper of The American Society of Newspaper Editors in 2000. She was editor for several years of The Latino Reporter, a convention newspaper of NAHJ that brings together 25 college students from across the country for a one-week journalism bootcamp.[18]


Radio and TV appearances[edit]

Rodríguez has appeared on various TV and radio shows. In Boston, she was a regular panelist on Revista Hispana (Spanish for Hispanic Magazine),[22] a current events TV talk show. She has also appeared on the news program Inside Boston, the cable TV program Visión, and appeared regularly as a reporter on New England Cable News.

Rodríguez speaks at high schools and universities[23] across the country.


  1. ^ Rodríguez, Cindy E. (29 July 2011). "About". Journalism, Remixed. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Faculty » Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University". Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  3. ^ , National Association of Hispanic Journalists, archived from the original on August 20, 2008  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Bill O'Reilly: The Truth Police - Cindy Rodriguez. October 25, 2005.
  5. ^ The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News Channel. October 25, 2005
  6. ^ The Radio Factor, Bill O'Reilly, April 15, 2005: " I think you could probably make an absolutely airtight case that more than 3,000 Americans have been either killed or injured, based upon the 11 million illegals who are here."
  7. ^ The Denver Post: Bill O'Reilly's bullying ways merit apology. October 25, 2005.
  8. ^ Bill O'Reilly, The Culture Warrior. Random House, 2007, pp39-40.
  9. ^ "NYU Faculty: Cindy Rodríguez". Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  10. ^ "Hunter Part-time Faculty 2007-2008". Hunter College Film and Media Department. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  11. ^ Rodríguez, Cindy (15 September 2008). "Balancing National Security and the Rights of Visitors". The New York Times. 
  12. ^ "Media Markets". MediaNews Group. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  13. ^ Hispanic Heritage Month: Cindy Rodríguez, The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, 9 October 2011 
  14. ^ "NAHJ Board of Directors". National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  15. ^ Prince, Richard (21 February 2005). "NAHJ Approves Gay Caucus". The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  16. ^ , Hunter College Film and Media Department  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  17. ^ Board of Directors, UNITY Journalists, retrieved 18 November 2008 
  18. ^ (PDF), retrieved 18 November 2008  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ (PDF), Colorado Press Association, 2005, archived from the original (PDF) on June 20, 2010  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ Winners Announced as the Best in Black Coverage, National Association of Black Journalists, archived from the original on November 21, 2008, retrieved 18 November 2008 
  22. ^ Journalism With Altitude (PDF), Journalism Education Association, 2007, archived from the original (PDF) on June 20, 2010 
  23. ^ Students Publish Multicultural News, University of Arkansas, 5 April 2006, archived from the original on June 26, 2008, retrieved 18 November 2008 

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