Colombian journalist Daniel Coronell, who faced off against former Colombian president Álvaro Uribe, was named the vice president of news for the U.S. Spanish-language television station Univisión, reported EFE and Vanguardia on Jan. 21.
Coronell, an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of T.V. reporting experience, was the editor of Noticias Uno, a national news program on Channel 1 in Colombia. His new mission will be to improve the level of information about the Hispanic community in the United States by focusing on investigative journalism, political coverage and the integration of digital media, according the president of news for Univisión, Colombian Isaac Lee, reported La Semana.
Coronell maintained a tense relation with Uribe after denouncing a series of illegal acts that involved members of his family, reported RCN La Radio. In 2005 he fled to the United States after receiving death threats, although he returned to Colombia in 2007, according to Caracol. In 2010, Coronell was named as one of the five journalists who was spied on, threatened and discredited by the Colombian intelligence agency (DAS) between 2003 and 2008.
Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.