First guest speaker of the summer: Chris Ramirez

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Our first guest speaker of the summer will be enterprise business reporter Chris Ramirez. He’s currently at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and has been in new media for more than 20 years.

He’ll be here Thursday, June 12 (tomorrow) and will talk about the art of interviewing. Chris sent along his bio (below). Be ready to ask lots of questions!

Seismic shifts in the oil and gas industry has touched off massive economic growth in Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend, making Chris Ramirez one of the most heavily-read journalists in Texas.

He works as an enterprise business reporter for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and has been in the news industry for more than two decades.

Before to his arrival to Corpus Christi earlier this year, he worked as a metro reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, where he covered education, demographic trends and municipal government. Chris got his start in journalism working as writer for a small daily newspaper in the U.S. Virgin Islands. There he covered everything from courts and crime to cricket matches. That eventually led to reporting positions at the Arizona Republic, the Albuquerque Journal and the Bakersfield Californian.

While working for the Republic, he was an integral part of the paper’s reporting team that covered the 2006 Arizona governor’s race. That election provided one of the nation’s first tests of controversial Voter ID law.

Chris also served on National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ board of directors, and is a member of the association of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Chris was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., raised in Inglewood, Calif., and studied communications at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. In the 1990s, he represented Puerto Rico in international competition as a track athlete.

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