New Season, New Host for USHCC’s ‘Hispanics Today’

New Season, New Host for USHCC’s ‘Hispanics Today’



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WASHINGTON–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 3, 2003–“Hispanics Today,” the nation’s only syndicated English-language program that reaches a Latino viewing audience of more than 26 million on major market stations, will launch its new season with a new host, Ramon Rodriguez. Rodriguez will serve as the new “Hispanics Today” host with the first program of the show’s fifth season scheduled to air in November. “Hispanics Today” currently airs in 86% of Hispanic households.

A native New Yorker born to a Puerto-Rican father and Cuban mother, Rodriguez is the Chief Operating Officer of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) headquartered in Washington, DC. The show is taped weekly at Grace Studios located in the nation’s capital. Rodriguez takes the place of Maria Arita who hosted the show for the last two years.

“Ramon will bring a fresh and unique perspective to the program that will continue to enlighten, educate and interest our national audience,” said George Herrera, President and CEO of the USHCC. “Ramon also brings a wealth of experience, personal knowledge and savvy that will continue to make ‘Hispanics Today’ the success that it has been for the last four years and going forward.”

Rodriguez expressed his enthusiasm about assuming the hosting responsibilities of Hispanics Today commenting to “continue the tradition of excellent programming established by the previous hosts in telling the stories about the Hispanic community.”

Rodriguez has been with the USHCC since 1999. He began his career in the life insurance industry. In 1982, Rodriguez joined the Office of the Bronx District Attorney in New York City where he served as an Assistant D.A. for the next two years. He was then drawn to public service and for the next eight years served in the administration of New York Governor Mario Cuomo as Deputy Director of the Office of Hispanic Affairs. From 1992 to 1997, after serving another year of active military duty during Desert Storm, he practiced law in New Jersey where he represented clients in both civil and criminal matters. Rodriguez then served in municipal government as a senior hospital administrator (coincidentally in the hospital where he was born in New York City) and as Director of Public Relations with the City University of New York.

Mr. Rodriguez currently serves on The Coca-Cola Procurement Advisory Council, AOL Small Business Advisory Council and the AARP Hispanic Advisory Council. Rodriguez earned his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in New York and his Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law. He is retired from the United States Army Reserve with the rank of Major.

Hispanics Today was created and developed by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) and is a nationally syndicated half-hour weekly show that airs on major market network stations across the country. Hispanics Today showcases positive images and stories about Latinos in the worlds of business, entertainment, politics, culture and sports. AOL, Cendant, General Motors, New York Life, and The Coca-Cola Company sponsor Hispanics Today. (Visit http://www.ushcc.com for broadcast times in your area.)

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CONTACT:

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Maria Ibanez, 202-842-1212

New Season, New Host for USHCC’s ‘Hispanics Today’