One of the most influential Hispanic journalists in the US, Jorge Ramos gained the tag of the Walter Cronkite of Latino America. Starting his career with Televisa in Mexico, he later worked for KMEX in the US and soon gained fame as the co-anchor of Noticiero Univision.
Mexican-American ESPN sportscaster Antonietta Collins had begun her career as a production assistant at Univision, graduating to being a news reporter and then a sports reporter, covering events related to the NBA and the MLB. Daughter of award-winning journalist Maria Antonieta Collins, she was previously a budding soccer player, too.
Laura Bozzo is a Peruvian talk show host renowned for hosting her popular Spanish-language talk show, Laura. The occurrence of regular fights and the discussion of the sensitive subject matter have made her shows controversial in nature. In 2008, Laura Bozzo landed in trouble when the Peruvian press discovered that some of her shows were staged for entertainment purposes.
Born in Paris, to a Polish-French father and a mother with Mexican origins, author Elena Poniatowska had begun her career as a journalist. Her iconic work Massacre in Mexico won her an award, which she refused to accept. She also became the first female to win Mexico’s National Journalism Prize.
One of the greatest chroniclers of the Mexican Revolution, Gregorio López y Fuentes was initially a teacher and then a journalist who wrote using the pseudonym Tulio F. Peseenz. He soared to fame with his iconic work Campamento (Encampment), followed by Tierra (Earth) and El indio (The Indian).
Amado Nervo was a Mexican poet, educator, and journalist. Widely regarded as one of the most prominent poets of 19th century Mexico, Nervo was renowned for using metaphor as well as his references to mysticism in his poetry. Apart from being a respected literary figure, Amado Nervo also served as Mexican Ambassador to Uruguay and Argentina.
One of the greatest authors of 20th-century Hispanic and Mexican literature, Elena Garro is best known for her one-act plays, such as The Dog and The Tree. Her works paved the path for the magic realism movement. She was married to poet and diplomat Octavio Paz and was exiled for her political activism.
One of Mexico’s greatest political activists and critics, Carlos Monsiváis is best known for his crónicas, or literary journalism pieces. His criticism of the culture of Mexico was often satirical. He remained single throughout his life and would often give interviews with his pet cats on his lap.
José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi was a Mexican political journalist and writer best remembered for his 1816 novel El Periquillo Sarniento. Translated in English as The Mangy Parrot, this work is widely regarded as the first novel to be written by a Mexican and the first novel published in Latin America.
One of the greatest authors of the Mexican revolutionary era, Martín Luis Guzmá had also served as a colonel in Pancho Villa’s forces. He spent much of his life in exile in the US and Spain. His iconic works such as The Eagle and the Serpent later won him Mexico’s National Prize.
Carmelo Torres was a Mexican matador, businessman, TV producer, author, and journalist. Also known as the Bullfighting Diplomat, Torres achieved immense fame as a manager of bullfighters and was close to many politicians, including Rafael Caldera and Mexican President José López Portillo. Carmelo Torres is also credited with founding Video Bullfighting System, a pioneering business specializing in recording Venezuelan bullfights.
One of the finest cultural icons of Mexico, Ricardo Garibay was a dedicated journalist and a talented author and screenplay writer. Known for creating TV programs such as Autores y libros, he also penned the award-winning novel The House that Burns at Night. He was also known for his reckless lifestyle.