«Class of 2009

Joel Gutiérrez-González

news director, Televicentro de Nicaragua/Canal 2, Managua, Nicaragua (Knight Latin American Fellow)

Gutiérrez was born in Leon, Nicaragua. He attended Miami Dade Community College in Florida and received his master’s degree from Thomas More University in Managua, Nicaragua. In 1987, he started his career in journalism as a writer for a radio station funded by the U.S., Radio Libercion which broadcast news to Nicaraguans. Then in 1998, he moved to the Miami Cuban-American radio station WRHC Cadena Azul and later to WQBA as a reporter. He became a staff writer for El Nuevo Herald in Miami in 1990. He returned to Nicaragua in 1992 to help launch a new daily, La Tribuna, as its news director. In 1994, he came back to El Nuevo Herald as its city editor. From 1998-2000, he worked again for La Tribuna in Managua. In 2001, he began work in television, first as a producer, and then in 2005, as the news director of the morning show, Primera Hora in Managua. In addition to his work as a journalist, Gutiérrez was the media relations manager for then President elect Enrique Bolanos from 2003-2005 and as the Minister of Telecommunications in 2004. He was awarded the first place prize for Excellence in Covering Latin America by the National Association of Hispanic Publications in 1991.

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