30 Years of
Emmy Award–winning newsman Jorge Ramos looks back at 30 years as an an- chor on Univision in his latest book, Take a Stand: Lessons from Rebels (Celebra).
You have interviewed
leaders from every corner of the globe. What
have these interviews
contributed to you as
The most important
lesson I have learned
is that sometimes you
have to take a stand.
When it comes to
or violation of human
rights, you must make
a stand. When you are
faced with an ethical
or moral dilemma,
you should take a
stand.―Neutrality is not an option. Also, now that I have more
experience and courage, I realize that I should have asked the
questions as if it were my last interview with that person. This
approach gives you more freedom, and it allows the interview
to be much more open.
Often journalists know where they want an interview
to go, but at times the interview goes in a very different and sometimes surprising direction. Has this
happened to you?
Absolutely! One was with Hugo Chavez. He told me that
he would give me an interview in Caracas, but he asked me
to follow him to the border between Venezuela and Colombia, where he had a group of supporters. Every time I asked
When it comes to racism,
discrimination, or violation
of human rights, you must
make a stand. Neutrality is
not an option.