Jorge Ramos, the oldest of five children, was born in Mexico City on March 16, 1958.
Ramos graduated in Communication at the Ibero-American University in México City and later came to the United States on a student visa in 1983 and earned a Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Miami. In 1984 he began reporting for a Univision TV affiliate in Los Angeles. Two years later in 1986, at age 28, he became the national anchor for the Spanish-language news program, Noticiero Univision. His news broadcasts are seen by over 40 million U.S. Latinos as well as people in 13 other Latin American countires.
Over the years he has interviewed numerous political and literary figures, among them George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Fidel Castro, Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Zapatista sub-commander Marcos, Hugo Chavez, Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, and Mario Vargas Llosa.
He has been called “one of the most influential Latinos” in the United States In 2004 he was selected by Latino Leaders magazine as one of “The Ten Most Admired Latinos”.
Ramos has won numerous awards including the Maria Moors Cabot award from the University of Columbia as well as 8 Emmy awards for excellence in journalism.
He is the author of six best-selling books. In addition, he writes a weekly column distributed to some 40 newspapers in Latin American and the United States.
Ramos left Mexico for the United States after Mexico's largest television network censored one of his reports.
- Tim Padgett, "Jorge Ramos", Time, Aug. 13, 2005.