'Power of Voices': Inspiring Last Words from Lecturer Raul Ramirez

December 10, 2013

THE POYNTER INSTITUTE -- Raul Ramirez, KQED Public Radio’s executive director of news and public affairs and former Poynter ethics fellow, died November 15 at age 67. He was scheduled to receive the 2013 Distinguished Service to Journalism Award from the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and deliver an address that announced creation of the Raul Ramirez Fund for Diversity in Journalism at SF State. “Even now, with an Internet explosion that gives every voice more power than it ever had and raises new and vexing questions about the true role of a journalist, it is these values I hope to encourage with the creation of the Raul Ramirez Fund for Diversity in Journalism at San Francisco State University,” Ramirez wrote. “I have endowed this fund to promote the journalistic values — diversity and excellence — that have been at the core of my entire professional career, and to do so long after l am no longer able to personally advocate for them.”