The Journalist: Dariela SosaAge: 28 Nationality: Venezuela Program: MPA 2014
Snow can be seen out the window falling over Manhattan, as Dariela Sosa addresses her tens of thousands of listeners in Caribbean-bathed Venezuela. “Good afternoon my friends we are airing from the City of New York your program ‘Hoy No es Un Día Cualquiera’ (Today is Not an Ordinary Day),” says Sosa before introducing her guest today, Paul Lagunes, a SIPA professor specializing in the study of corruption.
Her one-hour interview show is recorded at her studio on the 14th floor of the International Affairs Building and aired on Radio Caracas Radio, Venezuela’s oldest radio station. She started presenting the show daily in 2011 and producers decided to keep her as their radio host on Fridays from New York, when she moved from Caracas to start her degree at SIPA.
Over the last two years, Sosa has conducted interviews with some leading Latin American academics and politicians as well as with some of her fellow students. She says that the idea of her show is to use Columbia University as a platform for important ideas in the Venezuelan debate. She wishes to work in the field of communication and development after her graduation but would like to continue with her show. “Running the show has allowed me to stay connected to Venezuela and to link what I have learned in the master’s program with the necessities of my country”.