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A Background in Local News Helps León Krauze Adapt to the National Stage

Krauze has successfully crossed over from a journalist in Mexico to one in the U.S., then leaving the Los Angeles market for Univision’s national stage.

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The most significant jumps a journalist can make is taking a position in another country and going from local news media to the national stage. 

It’s two things that Univision’s León Krauze has done successfully, crossing over from a journalist in Mexico to one in the United States, then leaving the Los Angeles market for Univision’s national platform. 

Krauze spent over a decade in one of the country’s biggest markets, but coming over from the Mexican news media to Univision’s local flagship station wasn’t as difficult for him as some might believe. 

He graduated from New York University, where he got his master’s degree and a taste of American pop culture, leading to a geek-like affinity for Saturday Night Live before making the career move later in life. 

Furthermore, landing in Los Angeles, which has the second-largest Mexican population behind Mexico City, was a good landing spot for Krauze, who brought along his wife and young son in the process. 

“When it came to adapting to America, it was really quite easy for me, and then Los Angeles helped because LA is the second-largest Mexican city,” Krauze said. “It’s quintessentially a Mexican and Hispanic city, so it was in that regard a smooth landing for us as a family.”

The goal for Krauze when he arrived in Los Angeles was to lean on community-oriented journalism for the residents to get to know him. So after making it his mission to learn about the community in California, not only Los Angeles, Krauze developed an audio program called “La Mesa con Leon Krauze.” 

Krauze would travel with a table rather than a pen and notepad and listen to people’s stories, where they came from, and how they got to where they are. This show was one of the ways the Mexican journalist embedded himself in the communities across California. 

However, after a decade in Los Angeles, earlier this year, Krauze was presented with an opportunity to head to the national stage, which for many would be a no-brain decision. Still, for him, it wasn’t easy and required a lot of thought. 

“It was not an easy decision,” Krauze said on leaving local news for a national platform. “It goes back to the role of local news. I think local news is crucial for people. In a way, it’s as crucial as national news … but I made the decision based on the fact that I could represent all the people I learned.”

Now Krauze co-anchors “Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna” alongside Patricia Janiot. He’s also the host of a new daily news podcast, “Univision Reporta,” where he presents a topic each day and discusses it with a guest for 20 to 30 minutes; think what The New York Times does with its podcast, “The Daily” and others of that ilk. 

Since taking on this new project, Krauze has tackled various sensitive topics such as the two recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the femicides in Mexico. 

Of course, these topics need more than the time permitted on a daily podcast. Still, Krauze explains that his experience having a radio show in Los Angeles has played a role in tackling sensitive issues and presenting them in a short time but with a high dosage of information on the subject. 

“I think my experience in radio helped. I’ve worked in radio since I was 20 years old; in Los Angeles, I had a daily show radio show with open phone lines, where I had heated and touching conversations with callers,” Krauze said. “In radio, you learn quickly how to synthesize complex topics and how to help the audience understand these topics.” 

“Podcasting offers you a larger canvas when you don’t have to hold an interview to seven minutes, and you can go on maybe another 10-15 minutes, and that allows you to add more context.”

Univision’s daily podcast with Krauze at the helm doesn’t only cover issues within the borders of the United States and bring topics that they know people are interested in hearing. He also wants the program to spotlight matters that maybe people aren’t aware of, but they should be. 

For those unaware of this type of content, look at how HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver tackles topics that affect those in this country. The comedian also stresses issues Americans should be aware of, such as profiling Latin American politicians like Jair Bolsonaro or Nicolas Maduro to the whole Brexit situation. 

This line of news information is what Krauze strives for with Univision Reporta. Guests selection and post-production play a significant part in how the show intends to inform listeners of topics beyond the United States borders, such as recently discussing the Colombian election. 

“We try to find guests who are knowledgable but who are also eloquent and can explain complex issues in the clearest way possible,” Krauze said. “Post-Production allows us to add connecting tissue to the episode.”

“After the interview, we locate concepts that someone who is not familiar with this would need an explanation, so we add these lines of text in which I connect the conversation so that the person is listening, not only has a clear sense of what’s going on now, but has a clear sense of the history, cultural, and social context of the issue we are presenting.”

Krauze is a couple of months into this new podcast, and the end goal is for this show to become the go-to podcast in Spanish for every Spanish speaker from Los Angeles to Barcelona who wants to know what is vital in the world today and how they can understand it. 

“Our dream is for this podcast to become the absolute go-to podcast, go-to place where you can put on your headphones and immerse yourself for 30 minutes into the most revealing conversation about the realities of our complex world,” Krauze said. 

Anyone interested in listening to upcoming and past episodes can find the library of episodes here

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Jessica Tarlov, Leo Terrell Clash Over Roe v. Wade Ruling

It didn’t take long for news outlets to begin sparring on the issue, and one of the more animated ones occurred on Fox News.

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On Friday, the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade, which now hands over the determination of abortion legality to individual states. 

It didn’t take long for news outlets to begin sparring on the issue, and one of the more animated ones occurred on Fox News. Contributors Leo Terrell and Jessica Tarlov disputed multiple times on the topic following the ruling. 

Tarlov, a Democratic strategist and co-host of The Five, said that this decision would have dire consequences, something that made Terrell shake his head and interrupt multiple times.

“Alito made it clear that he didn’t think this it would expand to contraception and same-sex marriage, but [Clarence] Thomas said he thought they should be reevaluated, and when you consider the fact that Justices [Brett] Kavanaugh and [Neil] Gorsuch lied to the senators that they met with —” Tarlov said, per Mediaite

“They followed the law. You may not like the law, but we are a nation of laws. That’s what they did. What they basically said was if you don’t like the ruling, you go to the states,” Terrell fired back.

Tarlov and Terrell continued clashing in another segment while discussing the potential consequences. 

She said “every man that takes part in conceiving a child” should be on the hook for child support, leading to Terrell shaking his head while muttering, “oh God.”

“Stop saying, ‘Oh God!’” Tarlov said. 

“I can’t believe you’re using this quality time to push a democratic agenda. Go ahead. I’ll be quiet. Go ahead. Keep talking. It’s ridiculous,” Terrell snapped.

“I’m sorry. Were you pregnant recently?” Tarlov stated.

“Every time I come on this show, I’m attacked,” Terrell mumbled.

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Kim Godwin: “Newscasts at Some Point Will Be Totally Streamed”

Godwin sat down with Recode host and Vox journalist Peter Kafka at the Collison Conference in Toronto.

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ABC News president Kim Godwin has been in her position for more than a year and she recently sat down with Recode host and Vox journalist Peter Kafka at the Collison Conference in Toronto, where they discussed the future of news media. 

With streaming both on the audio and visual side, becoming more of a player for news and how they reach the younger audience, Godwin says that getting to the demographic is via a digital strategy. 

“The price of admission is that digital strategy. That push alert – getting to people early,” said Godwin, per TV Newser. “And then we have people who really are in tune with the way people are consuming news.”

“You really have to niche it out. You can’t put a TikTok on Facebook…. You have to approach it with a multi-faceted and multi-pronged approach and try to get there first.”

Furthermore, Godwin wants the network to lean on their brand on various platforms that are skewered to the young generation, like TikTok. 

“ABC News is a strong news brand in America. So we are leveraging that brand on TikTok. [ABC News foreign correspondent] Ian Pannell who is covering the war in Ukraine right from the frontlines,” Godwin said.

“In addition to the reports he’s sending back for World News Tonight and Good Morning America, he’s doing TikToks. And they’re interesting, different and customized for that audience. As journalists, we are looking at our coverage in a different way.”

Godwin was then asked how she plans to get the younger crowd to turn on ABC News, where they make their money, but she says news could be heading toward being streamed rather than having the more youth turn on ABC. 

“I think there is going to be a business for us there one day (on TikTok),” said Godwin. “That’s where all the bridges are leading. Everything is getting smaller on linear, but maybe the newscasts at some point will be totally streamed, like ABC News Live,” Godwin concluded. 

“Maybe that’s where World News Tonight and GMA will eventually be. I really think we are headed that way, all the numbers show that… Maybe they meet in the middle somewhere eventually.”

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Dan Abrams: Someone in Donald Trump’s Inner Circle Could See Charges

“For the first time, I think there’s a real possibility a member of Donald Trump’s inner circle could face criminal charges related to Jan. 6,” Abrams said on Thursday’s edition of “Dan Abrams Live.”

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The hearings into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol remain ongoing, and following the raid on former Trump Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark this week, anchor Dan Abrams has a bold belief. 

Abrams, the founder of Mediaite and anchor on NewsNation, considers that for the first time, someone from former President Donald Trump’s inner circle could see criminal charges.

“For the first time, I think there’s a real possibility a member of Donald Trump’s inner circle could face criminal charges related to Jan. 6,” Abrams said on Thursday’s edition of “Dan Abrams Live.”

“It’s generally seemed to me that the criminal inquiry into Trump and his inner circle in connection with Jan. 6 wasn’t going anywhere. I’m talking about what I actually think is happening, that’s all.”

Abrams stated the latest hearing and the Wednesday raid on Clark are what altered his view on whether anyone could end up seeing charges.

“What we learned today changed my analysis. That’s because federal investigators just raided the home of former trump department of justice lawyer Jeffrey Clark,” Abrams added. 

“He was the guy heading the justice department’s environmental division who Donald Trump tried to put in as acting attorney general could see was apparently the only one within the DOJ willing to support the effort to overturn the 2020 election.”

Finally, Abrams conveyed that the raid’s timing before the hearing could examine Clark’s role could lead to something significant when facing jail time.  

“To get authorization to raid his home now, the day before the Jan. 6 committee held a hearing examining Jeffrey Clark’s role in trying to overturn the election, suggest to me that they believe they suddenly could have something big,” Abrams concluded. 

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