Friday, September 25, 2009

Myriam Marquez Makes History as the Miami Herald's First Hispanic Editorial Page Editor

When Myriam Marquez was named the editorial page editor of the Miami Herald this summer, she became the first Hispanic -- and the first woman -- to lead the Herald's editorial department since the paper's inception in 1903.

It's no small responsibility. Through the decades, the Miami Herald has garnered 20 Pulitzer Prizes. Two of those belong to the editorial department -- one for cartooning in 1996 and one for writing in 1983 about the federal detention of illegal Haitian immigrants.

Over the past couple weeks, the editorial department has gone toe-to-toe with the mayor of Miami-Dade County, blasting him for giving generous raises to a dozen staff members during a time of deep financial malaise.

In October, Marquez -- who fled Cuba for the United States with her parents as a toddler during the country's Communist revolution in 1959 -- will be among the 100 people mentioned in HispanicBusiness Magazine's annual list of influential Hispanics.

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