Daniel Alfonso Coronell Castañeda is a Colombian journalist and President of News for Univision in the United States. He has been editor in chief of the Colombian national newscasts Noticias Uno, NTC Noticias and Noticias RCN. He has been a TV journalist since the beginning of his career. He has served as general coordinator for the national newscasts Noticiero de las 7 and Telenoticiero del Mediodía, editor of the national newscast Noticiero Nacional and editor in chief of the TV programs Protagonista and Magazín 7:30.
Education and careerEdit
Coronell graduated from high school at the Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario in Bogotá and majored in journalism at the Universidad Externado de Colombia. He specialized in Switzerland and Spain.
He also wrote an opinion column for the weekly news magazine Semana. He has taught at the Javeriana and Externado de Colombia universities and currently he is a member of the teaching staff for the Masters Program on Journalism at the Universidad de los Andes. He is a senior research fellow at Stanford University and senior visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley.
Exile and returnEdit
On August 2005 he had to go into exile with his wife, journalist and anchorwoman María Cristina Uribe (who at the time presented Noticias Uno), and their daughter. His loved ones had been persistently threatened through phone calls, funeral wreaths and anonymous e-mails.
Coronell and his family decided to come back to Colombia in July 2007, where a few months later, as a result of his columns and TV reports critical of President Uribe's government, he had an improvised argument with the latter on-the air, through La FM, a national radio network.
Coronell has been awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar National Journalism Award on six occasions:
- 1987: Best TV Chronicle
- 1989: Best Journalistic Report
- 1992: Best Cultural Report
- 2007: Best Opinion Column
- 2008: Best TV News Follow-up Report and Best Investigative Report for TV
In 2009 he was granted the highest award for a TV investigative report by the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano - Cemex, for "Un crimen casi perfecto" (An Almost Perfect Crime) together with a team of journalists from Noticias Uno. The program was broadcast in 2007. In 2009, he was honored with an Oxfam Novib/PEN Award.
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