CBS News’ Streaming Special “CBS Reportes: El Poder” Will Look at the Increasing Power of Latino Voters Across the Country

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Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), CBS News and Stations will feature original reports on the culture and achievements of the Hispanic community, including a new special produced by the CBS News Race & Culture unit for the CBS News Streaming Network about the state of the cultural and political power of the Latino community. Dedicated coverage will span across CBS News and Stations’ broadcasts and platforms throughout Hispanic Heritage Month.

CBS Stations across the country will feature inspiring stories and portraits of Latino people breaking down barriers and driving impact in their communities. Each station’s executive producer of community impact, newly created positions at CBS Stations, is playing a leading role in planning coverage in each local market. CBS Stations will broadcast stories and produce longform Hispanic Heritage Month specials that will be streamed on their local CBS News Streaming Network channels.


CBS News’ coverage will include:

  • The CBS News Race & Culture Unit presents CBS REPORTES: EL PODER, a 30-minute special premiering on the CBS News Streaming Network Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8:00 PM, ET. CBS News national correspondent and Saturday anchor of the CBS WEEKEND NEWS Adriana Diaz will anchor the special from Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, known as the city’s hub of Mexican culture. The special will include original reporting and interviews by CBS News correspondents – including Enrique Acevedo, Manuel Bojorquez, Skyler Henry, Lilia Luciano, Ed O’Keefe and Omar Villafranca – examining the cultural diversity and increasing power of Latino voters ahead of the 2022 midterm elections and the 2024 presidential election.


  • CBS MORNINGS will profile James Beard Award winner and Texas Monthly taco editor José Ralat. Omar Villafranca will speak with Ralat about the importance of supporting taquerias and Mexican restaurants as inflation and supply chain issues keep growing. They will also bring viewers along for a Tex-Mex tour to learn about the taco’s history and rise in popularity. Additionally, the longest-tenured broadcaster in MLB and Ecuador-native Jaime Jarrín will pen an essay for CBS MORNINGS reflecting on his history-making career as the first Spanish-language broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • CBS SATURDAY MORNING will feature a profile of Bertha Gonzalez Nieves, co-founder and CEO of Casa Dragones Tequila. Omar Villafranca will also look at the long-term impact the College Assistance Migrant Program has had since it was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1960s.

  • The CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL will feature a profile from reporter Mary Lee at San Francisco CBS Station KPIX on Carlos Pérez, the renowned artist behind the iconic Apple logo, and his latest project in the Bay Area. CBS News correspondent Meg Oliver will profile two students who are pursuing their education goals in the face of adversity and loss thanks, in part, to the Horatio Alger Foundation, which has given out more than $235 million in scholarships since 1984.

  • For CBS NEWSPATH, Cristian Benavides will look at the growing popularity of diverse superheroes and interview the creator of a Hispanic-focused comic book series. Benavides will also report on how a new pilot program is helping first-time Latino homebuyers. Astrid Martinez will have the story of a Venezuelan family that recently arrived in New York on a bus from Texas and the organizations working to assist migrant families. Debra Alfarone will look at health initiatives aimed at preventing diabetes in the Hispanic community.

  • CBS News Radio will honor National Hispanic Heritage Month with a profile on one of the most recognizable voices in Hispanic broadcasting, Jamie Jarrín, the Spanish-language voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, as he nears retirement after the 2022 season following 64 seasons with the team. CBS News Radio will also feature reports from affiliates across the country on the CBS NEWS WEEKEND ROUNDUP, including the need for bilingual healthcare workers and highlighting Hispanic artists making their mark in Texas.

Highlights of the many stories being produced by CBS Stations:

  • In New York, WCBS will profile the Latino and Puerto Rican Cultural Collection at the Bronx Library. The collection contains many wonders that speak to the Latino and Puerto Rican experiences in the Bronx, New York City and abroad. It also includes a rotating exhibit that features local Latino and Puerto Rican artists.

  • In Los Angeles, KCBS and KCAL will profile the Placita Olvera, also known as “The Birthplace of Los Angeles,” which was created in 1930 to preserve and present the customs and trades of early California.

  • In Chicago, WBBM will profile the newly formed National Hispanic Suicide Prevention Network. The social enterprise started in the suburbs of Chicago and is working to decrease the rates of suicide in Hispanic communities.

  • In Philadelphia, KYW will highlight three Latina women in politics and law enforcement in Camden, N.J., who are “firsts.” Janell Simpson recently became the first woman and first Latina to reach the rank of deputy chief in the Camden City Police Department. In addition, the city also has the first Latina woman county counsel, Emeshe Arzon, and Camden County jail warden, Karen Taylor.

  • In Dallas-Fort Worth, KTVT will profile Dallas Police chief Edgardo (Eddie) Garcia, the first Latino chief in the Dallas Police Department’s 140-year history.

  • In San Francisco, KPIX will launch “Una Familia,” a series of stories and a special aimed at telling the stories of the local Latino community.

  • In Detroit, WKBD is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with an episode of “Community Connect” that introduces viewers to activists and immigrants of the Hispanic community who are keeping their traditions alive in Southwest Detroit.

  • In Denver, KCNC will report on the restoration of Chicano murals, which have been identified as one of America’s “Most Endangered Historic Places.”

  • In Baltimore, WJZ will profile Nuestras Raices, which is dedicated to educating, promoting and preserving the richness and diversity of the 25 different countries that make up the Latino community.