By: Matt Fernandez
Veteran journalist Jorge Ramos is launching a news series with Fusion, Variety has learned exclusively.
The five-episode series, titled “Real America with Jorge Ramos,” will see Ramos asking provocative questions of the disrupters, dreamers, dynamic-thinking Americans who are on the cutting edge and making a difference in this uncertain time. It will premiere Tuesday, November 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Fusion.
In the premiere installment, Ramos travels to Puerto Rico to measure the impact of the disaster. Ramos explores what life is really like in Puerto Rico weeks after Hurricane Maria, and asks why it has taken so long for these U.S. citizens to get much needed aid and electricity. He interviews those struggling to live without basic resources, along with the Mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulin Cruz—who has challenged President Trump on response efforts—the Governor Ricardo Rosello, and others who are providing aid including former New York Yankee and Puerto Rico native Jorge Posada and his wife Laura.
Upcoming episodes will feature profiles of actor and comedian John Leguizamo, Governor John Kasich (R-OH), artists and activists Ai Weiwei and JR, and world-renowned brain surgeon Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, among others.
“Jorge is the quintessential American—a proud, hard working immigrant for whom the promise of America is tangible. His curiosity is infectious and this series, like all his projects for FUSION, will further elevate the voices that are writing the next chapter of our nation’s history,” said Fusion President Daniel Eilemberg.
Ramos has been the anchor of Noticiero Univision since 1986 and hosts the Univision weekly public affairs program “Al Punto.” He also famously sparred with then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump in an August 2015 press conference over Trump’s comments regarding Mexican immigrants.
“Real America with Jorge Ramos” is a Fusion original series. Jon Meyersohn will serve as the executive producer. He is a veteran television news producer who has reported award-winning stories from around the world. As a former senior producer for ABC News, he has worked alongside some of the leading correspondents and anchors in broadcast journalism today. Most recently he was co-executive producer of “Road to 9/11,” a six-hour series for History on the roots of the September 11 attacks.
Watch an exclusive promo for “Real America with Jorge Ramos” above.