Cindy Rodríguez

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Cindy Rodríguez is an American journalist and writer based in New York City.

Journalism career

Rodríguez is a freelance journalist based in New York City. For most of her career, she worked at daily newspapers. She covered race relations and cultural affairs for the Detroit News, was a columnist and blogger at The Denver Post, covered immigration and demographics for The Boston Globe and wrote opinion pieces for the Globe's now-defunct "Focus" section. She also worked at the Akron Beacon Journal, where she primarily covered education issues and was a columnist and youth editor at The Syracuse Newspapers.[1][2]

On Bill O'Reilly's "enemies" list

Her columns at the Denver Post drew ire from Bill O'Reilly, who falsely accused Rodríguez of being a proponent of "open borders" and of calling him a racist.[3][4] Media Matters for America did an analysis of her columns and found that Bill O'Reilly misstated the facts. [5] Rodriguez is listed as one of his "enemies" in his book The Culture Warrior.[6]

Teaching journalism

Rodríguez teaches journalism at New York University[7] and at Hunter College (CUNY)[8].She has also taught at Metropolitan State College of Denver, Boston University, and Northeastern University. For three years, she ran the Newhouse Minority Journalism program, a year-long educational program on journalism and the media, administered by reporters and editors at The Syracuse Newspapers.[9]


She has been published in more than three dozen newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times[10], The Village Voice, and Latina Magazine. Her columns for the Denver Post ran on the New York Times and MediaNews wires.[11] Rodríguez was one of a handful of Latina columnists working in the U.S. newsmedia. [12]

Board activities

National Association of Hispanic Journalists

Rodríguez served as Vice President-Print of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists from 2006 to 2008 and was General At-Large Officer from 2004 to 2006.[13] During her time on the board, she helped create the GLBT Caucus.[14] She is a member of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism committee[15].

UNITY: Journalists of Color

From 2007 to 2008, she served as a board member of Unity: Journalists of Color, Inc.[16]She is a member of both the National Association of Black Journalists and Society of Professional Journalists.

Volunteer work

Rodríguez mentored aspiring journalists working on The ASNE Reporter, the convention newspaper of The American Society of Newspaper Editors in 2000. She was editor for several years of The Latino Reporter, a convention newspaper of NAHJ that brings together 25 college students from across the country for a one-week journalism bootcamp.[17]


  • First Place Award for Best Serious Columnist from the Colorado Press Association, 2005[18]
  • New York State AP Award for column writing
  • National Press Foundation fellow, 2000.
  • With three colleagues of The Detroit News won a "Salute to Excellence Award" from the National Association of Black Journalists for "Detroit's Racial Divide," in 2008 for a series on the 40th anniversary of the Detroit riots.[19]

Radio and TV appearances

Rodríguez has appeared on various TV and radio shows. In Boston, she was a regular panelist on Revista Hispana (Spanish for Hispanic Magazine)[20], a current events TV talk show. She has also appeared on the news program Inside Boston, the cable TV program Visión, and appeared regularly as a reporter on New England Cable News.

Rodríguez speaks at high schools and universities[21] across the country.


  3. "O'Reilly maintained false denials of on-air comments on immigrants" (26 October 2005). Retrieved on 18 November 2008.
  4. "O'Reilly baselessly associated critic with 'open border people'" (28 October 2005). Retrieved on 18 November 2008.
  6. "Bill O'Reilly's enemies list, available in hardback for $26" (22 September 2006). Retrieved on 18 November 2008.
  7. NYU Faculty: Cindy Rodríguez. Retrieved on 18 November 2008.
  8. Hunter Part-time Faculty 2007-2008. Retrieved on 18 November 2008.
  13. NAHJ Board of Directors. Retrieved on 18 November 2008.
  14. "NAHJ Approves Gay Caucus" (21 February 2005). Retrieved on 18 November 2008.
  16. Unity Board of Directors. Retrieved on 18 November 2008.
  17. [1]. Retrieved on 18 November 2008.
  19. "Winners Announced as the Best in Black Coverage". Retrieved on 18 November 2008.
  20. "Journalism With Altitude"
  21. "Students Publish Multicultural News" (5 April 2006). Retrieved on 18 November 2008.

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