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Health Reporter Talks about Making It as an Hispanic Journalist

Milton Carrero, a health reporter for The Morning Call in Allentown, joined Precious Yamaguchi’s Intercultural Communication class on Feb. 1 to discuss his experiences as an Hispanic journalist, as well as how to turn dreams of a journalism career into reality.

Milton Carrero

Carrero was born in Spain and grew up in Puerto Rico the son of a physician. He realized early that medicine wasn’t his calling and focused on a career in journalism. As his writing career began to take off during an internship at the Los Angeles Times, so did his opportunities. When he was given the opportunity to do some health reporting, he figured it would “be a great opportunity to understand the role that my father played.”

After the stint at the Los Angeles Times Carrero was able to land his current job at The Morning Call, which is part of the same newspaper chain. He tends to cover health stories with heart—those that feature a person or people who overcome whatever physical challenges life brings them—and he appears to be enjoying the beat.

When one student, a native of Puerto Rico, revealed her desire to one day write for the New York Times, Carrero replied: “I am now at a midsize paper. You can have an amazing job at a small paper, or a so-so job at a big paper—what really should matter to you is, ‘are you doing those things that make you tick? Are you doing things that make an impact?’ You have to have dreams now. Then enjoy the journey and be the best you can be. I have no doubt you can get there.”

He also said that there aren’t many Hispanic journalists in the U.S. to serve as role models for aspiring Hispanic journalists, and that it would be up to some of the students in the room to help improve the situation.

“Some of the Spanish media in the U.S. are excellent, but many others are not at the level they could be,” said Carrero. “I think it is incumbent on you guys to break these barriers on the Internet, in newspapers, on the radio and television. There’s a lot of potential because our numbers are growing.”

Professor Yamaguchi said of Carrero’s visit to her class: “There is a lot of pressure for college students to focus on their success, grades, and career rather than focusing on how they can maintain healthy and happy lifestyles while making positive contributions to society. I have always felt that Milton is a person who contributes positive energy towards every person he meets and every project he takes on, which makes him a very successful and balanced person.”

Senior Kylie Manning added: I found Mr. Carrero to be a very open-minded and intelligent man. Everyone usually mentions dreams in a casual manner, but he focused on personal dreams as a type of internal compass: without dreams to envision and follow, he suggested that life grows dull and heartless. Going to hear him speak and hearing this positive message made me feel like a stronger woman since I try to acknowledge my dreams as important motivators for my choices.”