Death of Magdalena Ruiz Guiñazú: her most recognized works

Ruiz Guiñazú entered journalism in 1954 and, with some brief interruptions, worked almost until the end of his life. He was a figure on radio and television

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06/09/2022 – 2:03 p.m.

The journalist and presenter Magdalena Ruiz Guiñazu He died Tuesday at the age of 87. He was born in Buenos Aires on February 15, 1935.

He is considered an emblematic figure of the defense of human rights. During the last Argentine civil-military dictatorship, he denounced the disappearance of people and suffered pressure from the government of the time.

In 1984, he joined the National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons (CONADEP), which was the entity responsible for receiving and collect missing persons reports during the last military dictatorship that ruled Argentina between 1976 and 1983.

She was born into a wealthy family, the daughter of Maria Celina Cantilo Ortiz Basualdo and Enrique Ruiz Guiñazú, who was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship. She had five children with her first husband.

Guiñazú has worked in graphic journalism, television and radio. He started as a columnist in his early days and has become one of the most recognized voices on radio.

He entered journalism in 1954 and, with some interruptions, not prolonged, he resumed more intensely when his children were older.


Journalist and broadcaster Magdalena Ruiz Guiñazú died on Tuesday at the age of 87

Brief summary of his career

Magdalena has worked in different television programs. He was a member of the National Academy of Journalism. During the 1970s, together with Antonio Carrizo, she hosted the news program “La Primera de la Noche” on Channel 7.

Between 1977 and 1978 he worked on the program Videoshow, which aired on Channel 11 and was hosted by Cacho Fontana.13

In 1980, the Polish government in exile awarded him the Order of Merit in London for covering Pope John Paul II’s first trip to Poland. In 1983, she was elected Woman of the Year by popular vote.

In 1987, he chaired the first public debate on Argentine television between Argentine politicians.

From 1987 to 2006, he hosted his program “Magdalena Tempranísimo” on Radio Miter from Monday to Friday from 6am to 9am.

Beginning February 5, 2007, he returned to his original station, Radio Continental, of Grupo PRISA, on AM 590 and FM on 104.3 MHz. He has been a columnist for Diario Perfil and La Nación.

In 1995, she was one of the co-founders of the “Journalists Association for Independent Journalism”.


Ruiz Guiñazú has worked in graphic media, radio and television

In 2014, he returned to Radio Miter with a daily column on Jorge Lanata’s show, Lanata sinfilter in a special column entitled Two Journalists.

Regarding the current situation, in June this year he said: “Without a doubt now it’s a hard timeCristina still seems to be changing cabinets, I don’t know, these are particularly difficult times”.

On the Ladran Sanchés program hosted by Gonzalo Sánchez from 10 p.m. to midnight, when asked if she was still doing journalism, the writer replied: “After so many years practically becomes second nature which is to constantly search for the origin and the answers to get a clearer picture. I’ve been a journalist for so many years and I’ve had different types of situations. Also, it’s a very complicated world (us), with constant shock situations.”


Magdalena, as she was known, has won a large number of awards, honors and recognitions, including several from the National Congress, Harvard University, thirteen Martín Fierro plus the Martín Fierro de Oro – she has also been nominated for many many times where it was not laureate-, of the French Legion of Honor, of the Order of Merit of France, Italy and Poland and of the Grand Prize for his entire career from the International Women’s Media Foundation for her long career as a renowned journalist, for being a pioneer and for defending her main principles of journalism.

She has won three Konex awards for communication and journalism and as a host, including the Brilliant Konex award for the most representative figure in Argentine journalism during the decade 1997-2006.

In 2022, she was honored with 14 other media professionals, by the collective Periodistas Argentinas, as a reference and source of inspiration. This recognition was given to her on March 8 as part of International Women’s Day.


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