Viviana Hurtado

Julian and Joaquin Castro at the Democratic National Convention
Who Could Be the First Latino President of the United States?

“The first Latino President of the United States is alive today,” U.S. Congressman Luis Gutiérrez declared when I interviewed him on a Google hangout on air. I corrected him. Maybe the first Latino president is Latina. This is why: the 2010 U.S.


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Victoria Soto sister Carlee Soto after Senate gun control vote
“Disgusted” and “Disappointed”: Newtown Shooting Victim’s Sister Carlee Soto to the Senate

The younger sister of Vicki Soto, one of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting victims, had powerful words for the U.S. Senate after a crucial gun control legislation vote requiring background checks failed. Speaking on CNN, Carlee Soto expressed what millions of Americans feel: “I am disgusted and so disappointed in our Senate.”


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Marco Rubio speaks during a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee
Immigration Bill: How Do We Make the Bad, Good?

The 844 page long “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” unveiled by the Senate so-called Gang of Eight is at best "C" level work.

Click here to read the bill in its entirety.

Reaching consensus on sweeping legislation means that no one got everything she wanted. Key elements include:


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Time is Now Immigration Rally in Washington, DC
March on Washington: “What Comprehensive Immigration Reform Means to Me” (VIDEO)

In 2006 while a local television reporter in Providence, Rhode Island, I covered the immigration reform rally, one of many held throughout the country. Many in politics and the media marveled that Latinos had come out in big numbers. Fast forward seven years to this week’s “All in for Citizenship” rally in Washington, DC (with important sister rallies held in other cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta).


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Happy César Chávez Day! Q&A With His Granddaughter, Julie Chávez Rodríguez (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)
Happy César Chávez Day! Q&A With His Granddaughter, Julie Chávez Rodríguez (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

I met Julie Chávez Rodríguez inside the White House in what was once the room where a century ago the Secretary of War (now Defense) met to protect and preserve our country.


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Yoani Sánchez Says Latinas Can Protect Cuban Dissident Bloggers

Yoani Sánchez’s visit to the nation’s capital started off with a tweet. While reading my Twitter, I found out that the Cuban dissident blogger who writes Generación Y blog is touring the U.S., visiting New York City, Washington, DC, and Miami, as part of a three month world tour.

Excited to hear Sánchez speak and write about it for my Latina readers, I tweeted:


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Meet New U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro

I’m trying to figure out how to explain the impact of sequestration to my Latina readers. These are the automatic cuts divided evenly between defense and domestic spending, totally $1.2 trillion dollars over ten years that kicked in last week when Congress and The White House couldn’t come to an agreement on the federal budget deficit.

Who cares!


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Election Guide
Latinas’ Vote Under Fire?

In 1965, 25,000 people marched to Montgomery, Alabama to help pass the Voting Rights Act. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court, including Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, heard arguments on a section of this historic legislation with their decision having a big impact on the Latino vote.


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President Barack Obama talks about not deporting illegal immigrant children
A Latina Watches the State of the Union at the White House

I was one a few dozen people invited to an exclusive State of the Union Social at the White House with an “enhanced” speech. Staffers, interns, and techies made graphics for the TV monitor that illustrated with data key parts of President Barack Obama’s address.


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Viviana Hurtado & Prince Royce, Inauguration and the Arts in Washington D.C.
Políticos: Latinos Celebrate the Inauguration and the Arts in the Nation's Capitol

I had to get "celebrity-ready" to work my first red carpet at the Latino Inaugural Ball at the Kennedy Center.

Makeup. Check.

Dress. Check.

Miss Texas hair. Check.

Photographer extraordinaire Tricia O. Ortiz. Check.


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