RTDNA to Honor Univision’s Jorge Ramos with John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award

For Immediate Release: August 13, 2012
Contact: Ryan Murphy, ryanm@rtdna.org

WASHINGTON – The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) will honor Jorge Ramos, anchor for Noticiero Univision and host of the Sunday public affairs show “Al Punto,” with the 2012 John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award at the Excellence in Journalism Conference this September in Fort Lauderdale.

Named for the founder and first president of RTDNA, the John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual’s contributions to journalism and freedom of the press. Past recipients include Christopher Glenn, Jack Shelley, Bob Priddy, Barbara Cochran, Walter Cronkite and Lara Logan.  

“The Hogan is only awarded when an individual clearly upholds the values and principles we stand for as journalists,” said RTDNA Chairman, Kevin Benz. “Jorge Ramos' body of work reflects his deep respect and sensitivity for human rights, journalistic independence and speaking for those most vulnerable. His voice in defense of the First Amendment's application for all living in this country make him the perfect model of excellence for a new generation of journalists.”

Ramos, an eight-time Emmy award winner has been called "Star newscaster of Hispanic TV" and "Hispanic TV's No. 1 correspondent and key to a huge voting bloc" by The Wall Street Journal. TIME magazine included Ramos in the list of "the 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States" and Newsweek in its list of 50 political and media figures.

A survey conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center found that Ramos is the second most recognized Latino leader in the country. Latino Leaders magazine chose him as one of "The Ten Most Admired Latinos" and "101 Top Leaders of the Latino Community in the U.S."

“Jose Ramos represents excellence in our profession on so many levels.  We’re delighted to be able to honor his myriad contributions to our business,” said Mike Cavender, RTDNA Executive Director. 

Ramos is the author of 10 books and bestsellers: "Behind the Mask"; "What I Saw"; "The Other Face of America"; "Hunting the Lion"; his autobiography, "No Borders: a Journalist's Search for Home"; "The Latino Wave"; "Dying to Cross"; "The Gift of Time; Letters from a Father" and the children's book "I'm Just Like My Dad/I'm Just Like My Mom" and "A Country for All; An Immigrant Manifesto".

Ramos has been instrumental in promoting literacy among Latinos. In 2002 he created the first book club in the history of Hispanic television: Despierta Leyendo (Wake Up Reading).

Ramos has covered five wars (El Salvador, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq) and has been a witness to some of the most important news stories of the last two decades, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the disintegration of the former Soviet Union, 9/11 and the catastrophe of hurricane Katrina.

Additionally, he has interviewed some of the most influential leaders in the world: Barack Obama, John McCain, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Harry Reid, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, John Edwards, Al Gore, George Bush Sr., John Kerry, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, Felipe Calderon and dozens of Latin American presidents.

Ramos came to the United States from Mexico as a student in 1983. In November 1986, at age 28, he became one of the youngest national news anchors in the history of American television. Since then, he has been called "the voice of the voiceless" for other immigrants like him. He has been with Univision since 1986.

Ramos holds a degree in communication at the Ibero-American University in México City and has a Master's degree in International Studies from the University of Miami. The University of Richmond gave him an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in 2007.

RTDNA will present the award to Ramos at the Paul White and John F. Hogan Award Ceremony on Friday, September 21 at 5:15 p.m. EDT at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale.

Click here to learn more about the conference.

A reception honoring Paul White recipient, Jeff Fager, and Ramos will follow the award ceremony. A ticket is required for the reception.


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