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Cuban Radio Journalist Nora Rodríguez Calzadilla’s Outstanding Career

Published: 2012.07.31 - 00:12:52   /  /  Ana Elizabeth Rodríguez

Nora Rodríguez Calzadilla: Light of dreamsFor this article, I went to Nora Rodríguez Calzadilla’s home in the Central Havana neighborhood, and she welcomed us with that smile that never leaves her face.

At first glance one can realize that this is a driven passionate woman.

In her living room wall there’s a framed etching of a portrait of Jose Marti, it is the 2010 Periódico Patria Award given by the Jose Marti Cultural Society to those journalists who have dedicated themselves to the study of the life and work of Cuba’s National Hero Jose Marti. So far she is the only Cuban radio journalist to have been granted this award.

Nora says that she dreams of Jose Marti; and that she prays to him, as if to a Saint, for the wellbeing of her only daughter, her family, her friends and her country.

Nora has spent the past 30 years working at several radio stations. In 2001, she was sent to Paraguay and Venezuela to report on the work carried out by Cuban health professionals. She also reported on the social and economic conditions in those countries; always putting the emphasis on the human side of the story.

As a child, she studied piano for 4 years at the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory. But she realized that her personality was not suited to become a concert pianist; so she left the school. Her family supported her decision, specially her mother. She said she liked the guitar better, but could not switched instruments at the time. So she pursued other interests. She said that as a high school student, when they were sent to the country side to spend a month working in the fields, she would write long letters to her mother describing their daily routine. She says her mother told her that each of those letters was a chronicle.

She studied journalism at night. At the time she was working at the Headquarters of the National Union of Culture Workers, where she was asked to start a news bulleting

Still as an undergraduate, she was among the founding members of Radio Cuidad de la Habana/Radio Havana City, a radio station geared to young people. Years later she joined Radio Rebelde where she begun as a reporter, and later became news editor, among other responsibilities.

She hasn’t loose steam over the years and she keeps abreast of the new technologies. Just recently, she completed a Master’s Degree Course on Communication with a thesis on digital journalism. (Samuel Orgado)

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