Jorge Ramos, the widely respected award-winning anchor of Univision News, will be the keynote speaker at graduation ceremonies for the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism’s Class of 2018.
Ramos has been described by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. More than 2 million people tune in daily to his newscast, which airs in 13 Latin American countries as well as the U.S. Another one million watch his Sunday public affairs show. His weekly column is distributed in more than 40 newspapers.
The winner of 10 Emmy Awards, including one for lifetime achievement, Ramos has never been more visible than in the last year, when issues at the border and treatment of Hispanics in the United States have triggered a national crisis of conscience.
Born in Mexico City, Ramos is proud to describe himself as an immigrant. He came to the U.S. in 1983, to study for his master’s degree at the University of Miami. Three years later, he became one of the youngest national news anchors in the history of U.S. television.
Since then, he has covered five wars, the fall of the Berlin Wall, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina. His interviews with world leaders include President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Al Gore, George W. Bush, George Bush Sr., Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez.
When Ramos was awarded the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Journalism last year, his contribution was described as “advancing the conversation about what divides us as a country.”
The Newmark J-School’s 13th commencement will take place at 11a.m. on Dec. 14th at the TheTimesCenter, 242 W. 41st Street.