Emilio Ramos DeJesus
Emilio Ramos DeJesus (left) on "UTVS News" set in Stewart Hall.
Emilio Ramos DeJesus is founder, anchor and producer of the award-winning “UTVS News En Español” newscast.
The 30-minute weekly show is the only regularly produced Spanish-speaking newscast produced by Minnesota college students. It earned a second-place award at the 2013 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts.
In 2012, Ramos DeJesus pitched the show to UTVS management and was given the go-ahead. Since then, the program has covered local, state, national and international news with an emphasis on Latino communities.
“Noticias UTVS En Español” also recaps the station’s top stories of the week with Spanish subtitles. Ramos DeJesus estimates that he works 20 hours weekly reporting and producing.
“It’s a big time commitment. I love it,” said DeJesus, who is serving as UTVS News managing editor for the 2013-14 school year.
At 13, Ramos DeJesus moved from Puerto Rico to Princeton, Minn. He spoke little English. For two years he took ESL classes and worked hard to master his second language.
In high school, Ramos DeJesus and friends produced an in-house TV program called “Tiger Talk.” Ramos DeJesus loved video editing and considered concentrating on television production in college. At St. Cloud State, he challenged himself to improve his English skills and took on anchoring duties at UTVS.
He soon realized he wanted to localize national stories that were being glossed over by the press. Last November, when Puerto Rico voted on statehood, local media coverage was scant. Ramos DeJesus arranged a live Skype interview with a political commentator from his homeland.
The mass communications major, Latin American studies minor, expects to graduate in 2015. He hopes to become a bilingual reporter for a major news organization.
“I like to tell people’s stories.”
“UTVS News En Español” airs on Charter Channel 21 and is streamed live at http://utvs.com.