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Talking TV Ratings, Immigration, and Salsa Sales

by Bill Hayes

In Talking TV Ratings, Immigration, and Salsa Sales, New York magazine profiles Univision anchor Jorge Ramos.

Ramos was born in Mexico City and began a career there in television journalism in the 1980s, when government censorship was rampant. He set his sights on the U.S. and its press freedom and enrolled in the only school that would take him, a one-year certificate program at UCLA Extension. Afterward, he got his work permit and a job at Univision’s L.A. affiliate. “My English was — I couldn’t even understand myself.”

Thirty years later, Ramos is the undisputed face of Spanish-language broadcasting, his career arc coinciding with a boom in the sector. [more]