Raquel Coronell Uribe Becomes Harvard Crimson’s First Hispanic President

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Raquel Coronell Uribe, a Colombian woman who emigrated to the United States at the age of six and grew up in Miami, has become the first Latina president of the Harvard Crimson, the oldest newspaper in the United States.

According to The Washington Post, Coronell Uribe will oversee a landmark publication founded in 1873 and whose alumni include Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and journalist Linda Greenhouse.

Coronell Uribe said that, as president of the Crimson, she hopes to continue the tradition of holding the powerful accountable and prioritizing diversity and inclusion. No Latino has held the top editorial post in the newspaper’s 148-year history.

“I want to make sure people feel and know there is a place for them at this organization,” she said in an interview with the Post.

Founded in 1873 as the Magenta, the paper became the Crimson in 1875 and remains “the only table newspaper in Cambridge, Massachusetts,” according to its website. The paper’s former student reporters and editors have illustrious careers in and out of journalism. In fact, more than 25 Crimson alumni have won Pulitzer Prizes.

Now, a Latina will take the helm of the prestigious publication.

As the Post continued, Coronell Uribe is the daughter of two well-known Colombian journalists forced to flee the country after receiving death threats in response to her father’s investigative reporting.

With the help of the Committee to Protect Journalists, she said they quickly packed their belongings in suitcases and flew to California. In the United States, his father, Daniel Coronell, became president of Univision Noticias.

Coronell Uribe started at Harvard in 2018 as a pre-med student after being diagnosed with leukemia at age 16. After getting involved in The Crimson and watching a few subjects, the young student realized her passion was writing and journalism.

She previously interned at WLRN, a public radio station in Florida, and NBC News, working with the digital social media team.

But it has been The Crimson that has now given her the platform for her next career move.

After a five-week election process and dozens of interviews, Crimson president Amanda Y. Su called Coronell Uribe on Sunday to break the news that she would be the paper’s first Hispanic president.

“I do question why it took 148 years to elect a Latinx president,” she said. “And I think that it’s indicative of a problem that the Crimson has been working toward fixing and done a better job at, which is making sure that we are accessible to anyone who wants to join.”

She added: “And that is not just in joining the organization but getting to the point where you can run for a leadership position or shoot for a leadership position. I hope to continue that work.”

Coronell Uribe’s job will be to keep the oldest continuously published college newspaper, which is editorially and financially independent of Harvard University, going, NBC News said.