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Ibargüen Named to Board of Overseers 1

Alberto IbargŁen

A NEWSPAPER EXECUTIVE since 1984, Alberto Ibargüen L’74 is best known for his tenure as publisher of both the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. The Miami Herald has won three Pulitzer Prizes since Ibargüen was named publisher in 1998. El Nuevo Herald, a separate newspaper that serves Spanish language readers in South Florida, won the 2002 Ortega y Gasset Prize (Madrid) for best newspaper in the Spanish language.

Both papers are influential in the region and actively cover Latin America and the Caribbean. Recently, Columbia University announced that Ibargüen will receive a Maria Moors Cabot special citation for leading the Inter-American Press Association’s campaign to bring to justice those who murder journalists and use intimidation to silence media in Latin America.

After graduating from Wesleyan University in 1966, Ibargüen spent five years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Venezuela’s Amazon Territory and in Colombia as a Programming and Training Officer. Upon returning to the United States and earning his J.D. from Penn in 1974, he founded the Puerto Rican Center for Justice as an offshoot of the Hartford Legal Aid Society. He subsequently served as the first director and general counsel of the Connecticut Elections Commission and later went into private practice, from which he subsequently became deputy general counsel of Connecticut National Bank. Before joining the Miami Herald in 1998, Ibargüen was an executive at both The Hartford Courant and Newsday in New York.

In 2003, he was elected Chairman of the Board of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), after serving on the board for five years. Ibargüen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Board of Overseers of the Journalism School at Columbia University. In addition, Ibargüen is a former member of the boards of Wesleyan University, Smith College, and the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education, as well as past chairman of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra.