Telemundo Executive, Ramon Escobar, Visits FIU

By: Joeli Prieto

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On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, Telemundo executive, Ramon Escobar, spoke to our JOU 3003 class. Escobar spoke about his childhood, his motivation to become a journalist and his achievements in his career.

Escobar grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas where as he stated, “No on looked like me.” His parents immigrated to the United States in the 1960s, and both came from Spanish speaking countries.

Escobar’s parents used television as a source of learning the English language and to learn about American culture and society. This was when Escobar realized how influential and powerful television was. It was at this point, which he realized he wanted to pursue a career in broadcast journalism focusing on political journalism.

In 1986, Escobar was chosen to attend a conference in Washington D.C. where he met, at the time, Senator Bill Clinton. At the conference, former ABC correspondent, Sam Donaldson, approached Escobar and asked him to ask the president about South Africa because the reporters themselves could not ask. This confirmed Escobar’s desire to become a journalist, so that he could ask whatever questions he wanted to.

Escobar’s career achievements include: being sports producer at Univision, vice president of MSNBC and launching TV channels such as Animal Planet and TLC. Escobar is currently the vice president of network news at Telemundo.

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