Institute of Politics

Enrique Acevedo

Anchor of ‘Noticiero Univision Edicion Nocturna’ & Special Correspondent for Univision’s News Division

  • Fall 2019 & Winter 2020 Pritzker Fellow

  • Seminar Series: “The Latinx Community & the 2020 Election”


Enrique Acevedo has been called "The Voice" of the Latino community and one of the "Top Latinos in American Newsrooms" by the Huffington Post, and a "Global Media Leader" by the World Economic Forum.

Acevedo is the Emmy-award winning anchor of Noticiero Univision late-night edition. He has covered major news stories around the globe in English and Spanish for print, broadcast and online media, including three US presidential elections, the 2012 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the humanitarian crisis in Haiti, the AIDS epidemic in Africa and the drug wars in Latin America. Acevedo has profiled and interviewed many world leaders like President Barack Obama, Kofi Annan, Melinda Gates and Desmond Tutu, among others.

He holds a Master's in Journalism from Columbia University. His work in Japan was featured as part of the J-school's centennial celebration in a book commemorating the best one hundred stories during the last century. He is a frequent contributor on NPR’s “Here and Now” and on some of the most popular radio shows in Latin America. His columns are published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, El País, Reforma, Letras Libres and The New York Review of Magazines among other prestigious publications. He is a regular guest in mayor US news networks as an expert in Hispanics, politics and policy. For his contributions to journalism in the public interest and to news literacy, he earned the News Literacy Project’s “John S. Carroll Journalist Fellow Award for 2019.”

He currently resides in Miami, Florida with his wife and two sons.


“The Latinx Community & the 2020 Election”

If the 1996 election marked the origin of the modern-day Hispanic electorate, 2020 promises to be a turning point in the political empowerment of the fastest growing voting bloc in the country. 2020 will be the first election in which Hispanics make up the largest racial or ethnic minority in the electorate. According to the Pew Research Center, 32 million Hispanics will be eligible to vote, 2 million more than eligible black voters and more than 13 percent of the electorate. Key races in states like Florida, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and North Carolina will be decided by what we know as the Latino vote. And soon, Republican bastions like Texas could eventually swing from red to blue if the GOP doesn't do a better job of understanding and embracing diversity in their platform.

At the same time, Hispanics are becoming politically more and more like non-Hispanic white Americans. Two-thirds of the Hispanic electorate is now American-born, and although a majority of Hispanics identify as Democrats, FiveThirtyEight recently noted they are considerably less liberal than others in the party. What can this mean in the context of a more progressive democratic party, especially on social issues like abortion? First, candidates learned a few words in Spanish, now they are spending millions of dollars and a good share of their time to reach them. Indeed, the road to the White House goes through El Barrio.

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