Enrique Gratas (1944 in Bahia Blanca, Argentina – October 8, 2015) was an award winning journalist and the former anchor of Univision's Última Hora (Last Hour), the second most popular Spanish newscast in the United States. Gratas was laid off in March 2009 along with 300 other Univision employees.
Gratas started working in Argentina as a radio speaker in 1966 and moved to television news a year later. He moved to the United States in 1971 and worked as a correspondent for the Argentine television.
Later on he joined the sport division of the Los Angeles KWHY-TV station. In 1978 he conducted the first Spanish-language sports program from Los Angeles station KMEX-TV. From 1981 to 1985 he was the news director of the New Jersey WXTV.
In 1990 he moved to Miami where Executive Producer Fran Mires brought him in to anchor Telemundo's flagship show, the network's first daily investigative news magazine Ocurrio asi ("It happened like this"). When Gratas left Telemundo Network in 1999, Pedro Sevcec took over the show.
In October 1999 Gratas launched Última Hora on Univision, which successfully continued to be aired for 10 years.
Enrique Gratas last worked as the news anchor of Noticiero con Enrique Gratas on Estrella TV.
Health issues and death
Late in September 2015, Gratas recorded a video message where he declared to the public that he had an undisclosed disease. On October 8, 2015, Gratas died at age 71. He never shared his symptoms or disease with the public.
Among many others, Gratas has interviewed:
- George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Colin Powell
- Jessica Lynch (first to interview her)
- Yolanda Saldívar (the person convicted for the murder of famous Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla)
He has also covered a number of major events, such as:
- Every American president since Richard Nixon
- Events from Watergate to the 9-11 attacks in New York City
- Numerous Democratic and Republican conventions
- Anchored coverage of the new Millennium for the Univision Network
- Both wars in Iraq
- Luis Colosio's assassination (1994)
- Olympic bombing in Atlanta (1996)
- 2000 U.S. presidential elections
- Several hurricanes
- The political crises in Argentina and Venezuela
- 1996 Suncoast Regional Emmy Award
- Premio Paoli (Puerto Rico), for his commitment to journalism
- 1998 Señor Internacional
- Golden Globe nominee for best News Anchor
- 2005 City of Hope Cancer Center Award