Jorge Ramos This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

December 31, 2009
The kitchen was filled with the typical aromas of Mexican spices and tortillas as my family sat around the small table, the television on in the background. The orange glow of twilight shone on the cityscape as a familiar voice presented the world news. It was a matter-of-fact, deep voice, refined with articulate and expressive words, occasionally containing a bit of emotion when presenting a particularly poignant news piece. It was the voice of one of the most renowned journalists in the world, Jorge Ramos.

Ramos began his career in Mexico, where he was born and raised. He had been working for Mexico's largest ­television network, Televisa, when one day, after the censorship of one of his ­reports, he decided to quit and find his place elsewhere.

Ramos immigrated to the United States, where his first job had nothing to do with his future career: he was a waiter in a Los Angeles restaurant. In 1986, three years after his humble beginnings, he became the anchor of Univision, which reaches more Hispanic viewers than any other network.

Since then, Ramos has won many awards and represented Latinos well. Over the years, he has become a part of many Hispanic households with his voice of credibility, trust, and authority. He has dared to do things no other journalists has done. He is famous for tenacious interviews with important and controversial leaders, including George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Hugo Chavez, and Fidel Castro, as well as for covering news in many dangerous parts of Latin America and the world.

He is a firm believer in the Latino identity and its influence in the United States. He keeps the Hispanic community involved in American society and the politics that affect us. Many have described Ramos as the “voice of the voiceless,” for asking questions we are afraid to ask, questions that have brought him many death threats. His intrepidity and bravery is something to applaud.

Ramos has been a solid figure in my life, shaping my dreams and beliefs. He has covered news stories that have touched my heart, changed my ideas, and motivated me to work toward greatness. His success in a country that was not his own encourages me to work hard to find my place here. His work and importance in the Hispanic community in and out of the United States has inspired me to follow his footsteps in journalism, and one day I hope that I may be a great journalist too. His fearlessness investigating dangerous and controversial international conflicts and national issues has made him an icon in public affairs.

Over the years, Jorge Ramos has become my role model and idol, the person who first sparked my interest in journalism. I look forward to one day meeting and ­interviewing the man who has become the “voice of the voiceless.”

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Justbeme said...
Mar. 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm
Your welcome :) wish I could have thought about that topic. 
Justbeme said...
Mar. 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm
Wow! I am a great fan of Jorge Ramos to and I totally agree with everything you said. I really like the way you wrote it. Great job!
xochitl14 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm
thanks :) He's great!
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