Enrique Gratas
Enrique Gratas is an award winning journalist and the former anchor of Univision's Última Hora (Last Hour), the second most popular Spanish
Spanish language
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 newscast in the United States
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. Gratas was fired in March 2009 along with 300 other Univision employees. Univision blames it on the global financial crisis, but some of his viewers have accused Univision of discrimination because Gratas was over 64 years old and was replaced by a recently hired younger news anchor. Univision has not admitted to any wrong doing.


Gratas started working in Argentina
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 as a radio speaker in 1966 and moved to television news a year later. He moved to the United States in 1971 and worked as a correspondent
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 for the Argentine television.

Later on he joined the sport division of the Los Angeles
Los Ángeles
Los Ángeles is the capital of the province of Biobío, in the commune of the same name, in Region VIII , in the center-south of Chile. It is located between the Laja and Biobío rivers. The population is 123,445 inhabitants...

KWHY-TV, channel 22, is a Spanish-language independent station located in Los Angeles, California, USA. KWHY-TV is owned by the Meruelo Group, a Los Angeles-based real estate and investment firm. The station's transmitter is on Mount Wilson.-History:...

 station. In 1978 he conducted the first Spanish-language sports program from Los Angeles
Los Ángeles
Los Ángeles is the capital of the province of Biobío, in the commune of the same name, in Region VIII , in the center-south of Chile. It is located between the Laja and Biobío rivers. The population is 123,445 inhabitants...

 station KMEX-TV
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. From 1981 to 1985 he was the news director of the New Jersey
New Jersey
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In 1990 he moved to Miami where Executive Producer
Executive producer
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 Fran Mires
Fran Mires
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 brought him in to anchor Telemundo
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's flagship show, the network's first daily investigative news magazine Ocurrio asi
Ocurrio asi
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("It happened like this"). When Gratas left Telemundo Network in 1999, Pedro Sevcec
Pedro Sevcec
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 took over the show.

In October 1999 Gratas launched Última Hora on Univision, which successfully continues to be aired.

Together with Jorge Ramos and María Elena Salinas
María Elena Salinas
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, they are considered amongst the most respected Spanish-language television journalists in the United States and Latin America.

Enrique Gratas is now the news anchor of Noticiero con Enrique Gratas on Estrella TV
Estrella TV
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, at 10:30pm.

Notable coverage and interviews

Among many others, Gratas has interviewed:
  • George W. Bush
    George W. Bush
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    , Donald Rumsfeld
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     and Colin Powell
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  • Jessica Lynch
    Jessica Lynch
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     (first to interview her)
  • Yolanda Saldívar
    Yolanda Saldívar
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     (the murderer of famous Tejano
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     singer Selena Quintanilla)

He has also covered a number of major events, such as:
  • Every American president
    President of the United States
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     since Richard Nixon
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  • Events from Watergate
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     to the 9-11 attacks
    September 11, 2001 attacks
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     in New York City
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  • Numerous Democratic
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     and Republican
    Republican Party (United States)
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  • Anchored coverage of the new Millennium for the Univision Network
  • Both wars in Iraq
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  • Luis Colosio's assassination (1994)
  • Olympic bombing
    Centennial Olympic Park bombing
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     in Atlanta  (1996)
  • 2000 U.S. presidential elections
  • Several hurricanes
  • The political crises in Argentina and Venezuela
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  • 1996 Suncoast Regional Emmy Award
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  • Premio Paoli (Puerto Rico
    Puerto Rico
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    ), for his commitment to journalism
  • 1998 Señor Internacional
  • Golden Globe
    Golden Globe Award
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     nominee for best News Anchor
  • 2005 City of Hope Cancer Center Award

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