Jorge Ramos (news anchor)
|Born||Jorge Ramos Ávalos
March 16, 1958 
Mexico City, Mexico
|Citizenship||Dual citizenship with Mexico & The United States|
|Spouse(s)||Gina Montaner (divorced)
Lisa Bolivar (divorced)
--Paola Ramos Montaner
--Nicolas Ramos Bolivar
Jorge Ramos Ávalos (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxorxe ˈramos]; born March 16, 1958) is a journalist and author. Born in Mexico, he is a naturalized American citizen, based in Miami, Florida. He anchors the Univision news television program, Noticiero Univision; hosts the Univision Sunday-morning, political news program, Al Punto; and hosts the Fusion TV English-language program, America with Jorge Ramos.
Early life and career
Ramos was born to a Roman Catholic family in Mexico City, Mexico and raised in the Bosques de Echegaray neighborhood of Naucalpan, a suburb of Mexico City. He attended the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City where he majored in communications. After working for Grupo Televisa's flagship XEW-TV in Mexico City for the network's local version of 60 Minutes, he quit after refusing his bosses demand that he soften a segment critical of Mexico's government and in 1983, he left Mexico on a student visa for Los Angeles, California, where he planned to enroll in UCLA extension journalism classes. In 1984, he was hired by KMEX-TV, an affiliate of what was then the Spanish International Network in Los Angeles where he could express himself freely: "To me it was a palace....the United States gave me opportunities that my country of origin could not: freedom of the press and complete freedom of expression." Two years later, he became the host for KMEX's morning program, Mundo Latino. Ramos then joined SIN's national operation in 1985, a year before the network was placed under new ownership under the new branding of Univision (a network that has a broad entertainment and news-sharing agreement with Televisa). He has interviewed multiple world leaders including Fidel Castro, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Bill Gates, Evo Morales, Hugo Chávez, Terry Porter, Rafael Correa, Fernando Ferrer, Barack Obama, and many others.
Since 1986, Jorge Ramos has been the anchorman for Noticiero Univision, alongside colleague María Elena Salinas. Currently, he also hosts Al Punto, a public affairs program aired weekly on Univision. His contributions to journalism include the coverage of five wars as well as the disintegration of the former Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, among other significant world events.
In 2002, he founded Despierta Leyendo (Wake Up Reading). On February 21, 2008, he represented Univision in a Democratic debate between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on The University of Texas at Austin campus in Austin, Texas.
Ramos has been married twice. His first wife was Gina Montaner, daughter of exiled Cuban author Carlos Alberto Montaner; they had one daughter, Paola (born 1988). In 1992, he married Lisa Bolivar in a Roman Catholic ceremony at the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista in San Juan, Puerto Rico; they divorced in 2005 and had one son, Nicolas (born 1998). He dated Mexican actress Ana de la Reguera and since 2011, he has been in relationship with Venezuelan TV host and actress, Chiquinquirá Delgado. He currently lives in Coconut Grove, Florida, outside of Miami.
Although born Roman Catholic, Ramos is an atheist and considers it an outrage that Pope Francis presided over the canonization of Pope John Paul II who he believes willingly covered up abuses committed by Catholic priests. On being both Mexican and American, Ramos stated: "I finally recognized that I cannot be defined by one country. I am from both countries. It took me many years to make peace with that thought, and that I was never going back to Mexico."
Jorge Ramos has won eight Emmy Awards and the Maria Moors Cabot Award for excellence in journalism. In 2015, Ramos was one of 5 people selected to be on this year's cover of Time Magazine's The World's Most Influential People.
- The Latino Wave: How Hispanics Are Transforming Politics in America (La Ola Latina: Cómo los hispanos elegirán al próximo presidente de los Estados Unidos)
- No Borders: A Journalist's Search for Home (Atravesando Fronteras)
- Dying to Cross: The Worst Immigrant Tragedy in American History
- The Other Face of America: Chronicles of the Immigrants Shaping Our Future (La otra cara de América)
- Lo que vi
- A la caza del león
- Morir en el intento
- Detrás de la máscara
- El regalo del tiempo: Cartas a mis hijos
- A Country For all: An Immigrant Manifesto
- My Life
- Los Presidenciables
- National Review: "Bill O'Reilly, Jorge Ramos Spar over Immigration, White Privilege, Religon(sic)" September 9, 2014
- "Popular Contemporary Writers, Volume 9" By Michael D. Sharp Jan 2005
- Broadcasting & Cable: "Jorge Ramos: Newsman of the Americas - Univision's Jorge Ramos receives lifetime achievement award" October 17, 2008
- Los Angeles Times: "Univision's Jorge Ramos a powerful voice on immigration" by Meg James June 3, 2013
- "The 2012 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Winner". National Press Foundation. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
- "Jorge Ramos becomes U.S. citizen in 2008". latimes.com. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
- Univision Viday y Familia: "Rumores de boda de Jorge Ramos y Chiquinquirá" July 30, 2012
- People Espanol: "Jorge Ramos se divorcia - El conductor del noticiero de Univisión confirmó a PeopleEnEspanol.com el fin de su segundo matrimonio" 10 de Agosto 2005
- Terra News: "Segundo divorcio para Jorge Ramos" 18 de Enero de 2006
- Huffington Post: "Jorge Ramos Opens Up About Whether He'll Marry Again (VIDEO)" March 18, 2014
- Revista Cristiana Digital: "Periodista Jorge Ramos dice no cree en Dios" November 19, 2013 | pero lo crees en dios? "No" | Do you believe in God? "No"
- Fusion: "Pope John Paul II Is a Saint Accomplice" by Jorge Ramos April 29, 2014 | "His statements of regret are nice, but one would think that a so-called “revolutionary” like Francis would actually seek justice for victims. It is telling that Francis has not promised that the Vatican will promptly deliver criminal priests to the authorities."
- Official website
- Interview with the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- "A View from Latin America" Interview by Hirsh Sawhney, The Brooklyn Rail (Summer 2004)