Jorge Ramos (news anchor)
Ramos in September 2014
|Born||Jorge Gilberto Ramos Ávalos
March 16, 1958
Mexico City, Mexico
|Citizenship||Dual citizenship: Mexico and the United States|
|Spouse(s)||Gina Montaner (divorced)
Lisa Bolivar (divorced)
Jorge Gilberto Ramos Ávalos (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxorxe ˈramos]; born March 16, 1958) is a Mexican-American journalist and author, regarded as the best-known Spanish-language news anchor in the United States, for which he has been referred to as "The Walter Cronkite of Latino America". Currently 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. He has covered five wars, and events ranging from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the War in Afghanistan.
Jorge Gilberto Ramos Ávalos was born March 16, 1958 in Mexico City, Mexico, to a Roman Catholic family, and was 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 at the age of 24 after a story he produced that was critical of Mexico's government was censored. In 1983, he left Mexico on a student visa for Los Angeles, California, where he planned to enroll in the UCLA Extension's journalism classes. In 1984, he was hired by KMEX-TV, an affiliate of what was then the Spanish International Network in Los Angeles, which operated on a shoestring budget in a run-down facility on Melrose Avenue. At KMEX, Ramos felt 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 the Univision network, which has a broad entertainment and news-sharing agreement with Televisa.
Since 1986, Ramos has been the anchorman for Noticiero Univision, a nightly Spanish language newscast, alongside colleague María Elena Salinas. Currently, he also hosts Al Punto, a Spanish-language Sunday public affairs program aired weekly on Univision, and America with Jorge Ramos, an English language news magazine on Fusion TV.
In 1989, as he watched the fall of the Berlin Wall, Ramos remembered thinking, "This is why I am what I am!" Other world events he covered include the Salvadoran Civil War, the Persian Gulf War, the disintegration of the former Soviet Union, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. During the United States' War in Afghanistan, Ramos traveled there on his own while on vacation because his network refused to send him. Throughout his career he has covered five wars.
As of 2014, his Univision news shows regularly beat their English language competition among young viewers. He has interviewed multiple world leaders including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega and Hugo Chavez.
Ramos also writes a bilingual newspaper column that is published internationally, and appears regularly as a pundit on English-language cable networks, like CNN and MSNBC. Polls among American Latinos rank him as the most trusted and influential Hispanic in America, surpassing all other political leaders, and his Q Score among Latino audiences places him between footballer Lionel Messi and pop singer Shakira.
In 2012, Ramos, critical of the lack of Latino moderators in any of the U.S. Presidential debates, complained that the debate commission was "stuck in the 1950s". When Univision held its own forums with candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Ramos challenged both on their immigration policies, specifically Romney's "self-deportation" policy, which Ramos considered an insult to Latinos, and Obama's deportation of more than 1.4 million people, and his reneging on his promise to address immigration during his first term. Washington Monthly named Ramos the broadcaster who would most determine the 2012 Presidential election. Ramos' increased notability, however, led to criticism of his advocacy approach. To this Ramos has stated, "Our position is clearly pro-Latino or pro-immigrant ... We are simply being the voice of those who don't have a voice."
In 2015, after Donald Trump became a Presidential candidate, Ramos pursued an interview with Trump for months. When he sent Trump a handwritten request in June, Trump, who had filed a lawsuit against Univision over its decision to drop the Miss Universe pageant following the candidate's comments about Mexican immigrants, posted Ramos' letter on Instagram, which exposed Ramos' cell phone number. Trump later deleted the post.
At an August 25, 2015 news conference held in Dubuque, Iowa by Trump, Ramos, after attempting to question Trump about his immigration policies without being called on, was rebuffed by Trump. Trump repeatedly told Ramos to sit down and remarked "Go back to Univision." Security then escorted Ramos out of the conference. About 15 minutes later, Trump allowed Ramos to return to the conference, where he and Trump engaged in a heated exchange on the issue. Trump later explained that he had not called on Ramos for a question, as he had called on another reporter in the audience. Ramos accused Trump of "spreading hate" with his calls for mass deportations of undocumented families, (i.e. illegal) and repealing birthright citizenship granted by the U.S. Constitution, and questioned the feasibility of Trump's proposals. He also questioned Trump's viability as a candidate among Latino voters, citing a poll indicating that 75% of those voters held unfavorable opinions of him.
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 had one son, Nicolas, and divorced in 2005. He dated Mexican actress Ana de la Reguera and since 2011, he has been in relationship with Venezuelan TV host and actress, Chiquinquirá Delgado, who has two daughters from previous relationships. He lives in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami.
Although born Roman Catholic, Ramos is an atheist, and criticized Pope Francis for presiding 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."
Ramos is registered as an independent voter.
Awards and accolades
- 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
- Hartmann, Margaret (August 26, 2015). "'Go Back to Univision': Trump Boots Journalist Jorge Ramos From Press Conference". New York.
- Calmes, Jackie (January 23, 2015). "Jorge Ramos, Voice of Latino Voters on Univision, Sends Shiver Through G.O.P.". The New York Times.
- Hernandez, Riboberto (February 2, 2015). "Journalist Jorge Ramos Takes On Obama, Republicans". NPR.
- Sharp, Michael D. (January 2005). Popular Contemporary Writers, Volume 9. Marshall Cavendish Corporation, p. 1174-1175. Archived at Google Books. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
- Ingram, Matthew (August 26, 2015). "Who is Jorge Ramos and why is Donald Trump so mad at him?". Fortune.
- "Jorge Ramos: 2014 CPJ Burton Benjamin Memorial Awardee". Committee to Protect Journalists. 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
- "Univision’s Award-Winning Journalists Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas Honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences". Business Wire. October 2, 2012.
- Amanpour, Christiane (15 April 2015). "Jorge Ramos: America's News Anchor". Time. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
- "Biografia". jorgeramos.com. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
- "Biography". jorgeramos.com. Retrieved August 26, 2015
- "Bill O'Reilly, Jorge Ramos Spar over Immigration, White Privilege, Religon (sic)". National Review/YouTube. September 9, 2014
- Martinez, Laura (October 17, 2008). "Jorge Ramos: Newsman of the Americas: Univision's Jorge Ramos receives lifetime achievement award". Broadcasting & Cable.
- James, Meg (June 3, 2013). "Univision's Jorge Ramos a powerful voice on immigration". Los Angeles Times.
- "Jorge Ramos: Journalist, News Anchor". Moyers & Company. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
- "The 2012 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Winner". National Press Foundation. 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
- "Texas Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate". C-SPAN. February 21, 2008. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
- "The CNN Democratic presidential debate in Texas". CNN. February 21, 2008. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
- Gabriel, Trip (August 25, 2015). "At Donald Trump Event, Jorge Ramos of Univision Is Snubbed, Ejected and Debated". The New York Times.
- "Trump clashes with reporter: who was wrong?" Morning Joe. MSNBC. August 26, 2015
- Valdes, Marcela (2015-09-25). "Jorge Ramos’s Long Game". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
- Saldana, Janel (May 26, 2015). "Jorge Ramos Letter To Daughter Paola Will Melt Your Heart!". Latin Times.
- "Jorge Ramos, presentador del noticiero Univision, se divorcia". AZ Central. August 15, 2005.
- "Jorge Ramos se divorcia - El conductor del noticiero de Univisión confirmó a PeopleEnEspanol.com el fin de su segundo matrimonio". People en Español. August 10, 2005
- "Segundo divorcio para Jorge Ramos". Terra News. January 18, 2006
- "Jorge Ramos Opens Up About Whether He'll Marry Again (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. March 18, 2014
- "¿Chiquinquirá y Jorge se casaron en India?". Univision. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
- Grove, Lloyd (July 22,2014). "Why TV Anchor Jorge Ramos Swam Across The Rio Grande". The Daily Beast.
- "Periodista Jorge Ramos dice no cree en Dios". Revista Cristiana Digital, Cristianosaldia.net/YouTube. November 19, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
"Pero lo crees en dios?" ("Do you believe in God?")
- Ramos, Jorge (April 29, 2014). "Pope John Paul II Is a Saint Accomplice". Fusion.
- "Jorge Ramos Discloses Daughter Works for Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign". Breitbart. June 21, 2015.
- Official website
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Jorge Ramos at the Internet Movie Database
- Lamb, Brian (July 6, 2010). Q&A with Jorge Ramos. C-SPAN.
- Sawhney, Hirsh (July 1, 2004). "A View from Latin America: Jorge Ramos with Hirsh Sawhney ". The Brooklyn Rail.
- Jorge Ramos interview video at the Archive of American Television