Ramon Escobar: Journalism and the Influence of Television

by: Ana Milanes

Ramon Escobar, a very influential man in the field of communications speaks about his path to television. Growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas, Escobar is the only Hispanic. His parents emigrated to the United Sates in late 1950s due to economic troubles. Escobar explains how he saw his parents learn the language and the culture through television which this made him seek to pursue a communications career.

In 1986, Escobar was selected to be part of “Boy’s Nation” program which selects two students to represent each state at the White House. He met Governor William Clinton who then introduced him to John F. Kennedy and President Ronald Reagan. Instead of being stimulated to be a politician, he was inspired to become a journalist when ABC correspondent Sam Donaldson told him that if he asks questions he could be on television. Escobar claims, he knew he wanted to ask the hard questions that everyone was afraid to ask.

Escobar studied at the University of Missouri and became a political journalist. He worked with large networks such as NBC, Univision and most currently Telemundo. Escobar leaves the audience pondering his definition of journalism; “a current, reasoned, reflection of society’s events, needs and values”.

Published in: on April 20, 2011 at 8:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

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