"For the interviews, the stronger the character, the stronger the personality, the better. Television thrives on conflict and if you can confront a president it's always great. There's nothing like going to the White House and talking to the most powerful man on earth. There's nothing else like that."
About This Interview
In the one-and-a-half-hour, solo portion of his Archive interview, Jorge Ramos talks about his first job as a reporter for Televisa radio, which sent him to Washington, D.C. to cover the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. He recalls transitioning to television as a reporter for Sesenta Minutos and making the transition to American television at channel 34 in Los Angeles. He recounts becoming the co-anchor of Noticiero Univision and speaks of several stories he covered including 9/11 and Elián González. He discusses interviewing presidents, including President Obama, whom he famously pressed on immigration reform, and outlines the importance of Univision's presidential coverage to the Latino community. Ramos speaks of interviewing world leaders such as Fidel Castro, and talks about the safety of his crew and his own personal safety when traveling to cover news stories. He concludes his solo portion of the interview by discussing his most important interviews and what makes a good interviewer. In the one-hour, joint portion of the interview, Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas describe how they met and how they divide up co-anchoring duties on a nightly basis on Noticiero Univision. They discuss Univision's role in the recent and then-upcoming presidential elections and the prospect of a Latino candidate winning the presidency. Ramos and Salinas outline changes they've seen in Spanish news since they began their careers, and comment on their longevity and success as co-anchors. Jenni Matz conducted the interviews on May 21, 2015 in Doral, Florida.