Journalist José María Carrascal dies at 92

Veteran journalist José María Carrascal died this Friday at the age of 92, just a month away from his next birthday. In his long professional career – six and a half decades – he was known above all for his work as a correspondent, news presenter on the Antena 3 network and columnist for the newspaper ABC, where he published his last article last Tuesday in relation to the constitutional oath. of Princess Leonor.

Born in the Madrid town of El Vellón, curiously he studied Philosophy and Nautical studies (he only finished this one) before beginning his professional career as a journalist – “I read everything I could get my hands on,” he confessed in one of his conferences a few years ago. years-. He even made several practice trips as a merchant mariner, arriving at different ports and cities. He finally settled in Berlin in 1957, starting to work a year later as a correspondent in Germany for ABC and Diario de Barcelona.

Already determined to practice this profession, in 1969 he graduated from the Official School of Journalism. After a new change of residence, he began to work from New York as a correspondent in the United States for press, radio and television. He first did it in Pueblo and ten years later he went on to collaborate with ABC, Antena 3 and RTVE. From North America he covered major events such as the Vietnam War, the arrival of man on the Moon, the racial riots and the resignation of Richard Nixon as president.

Birth of private television

Two decades later, in 1989, he would return to Spain to embark on an ambitious professional project. It was the expansion of private channels in Spain and Antena 3, now converted into television, thought of him to present its nightly ‘prime time’ news program (‘News at eight’). Shortly after, he would move on to the later slot, almost at dawn but in a similar space (‘Evening News’) where he would be well known for his comments, his peculiar way of introducing information and his striking ties.

By the turn of the century, his television appearances were noticeably reduced, returning to focus his professional career on the written press and also on books, of which he wrote about twenty. The most notable of his works was the novel ‘Groovy’, for which he won the Nadal Prize in 1972. Other titles written by him are ‘The agony of felipism’ (1995), ‘Spanish letters to my wife’ (1998), ‘Frank. 25 years later’ (1999) and ‘Retirement. Life goes on’ (2002).

Among other recognitions for his extensive journalistic work. Carrascal was awarded the main awards of the guild, such as the Mariano de Cavia (1986) for the tribune ‘Cambio pero menos’, published on ABC, the Luca de Tena or the Antena de Oro de TV (1991). Looking back at his career, he said, “I’ve always considered myself a writer, but I realized I’m a journalist.”

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