LecturerFrances L. Wolfson Building Room 5055
5100 Brunson Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: (305) 284-3752
Fax: (305) 284-3804
Yves Colon has been in the journalism industry for more than 20 years, working for a number of organizations including The Associated Press, The Miami Herald and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Colon taught at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he also served as director of the Multicultural Management Program. Colon also co-founded The Haitian Times, the only English-language newspaper in the United States serving Haitian communities and served as editor for that publication.
Most recently, Colon served as chief of party for Creative Associates managing a media assistance and civic education program in Haiti. Through this capacity, he increased the knowledge and skills of independent/community radio owners, operators and journalists.
Colon has a solid reputation as a balanced journalist both in the United States and Haiti, having collaborated with Voice of America to set up the agency's Creole-language broadcast. He spent 18 years working as a reporter and editor for The Miami Herald, traveling to Central America and particularly Haiti on numerous occasions to report on issues dealing with immigration, political change, and the settlement of refugees. He was awarded the Medal of Valor from the U.S. State Department for helping to rescue 13 American journalists trapped under fire during the botched 1987 presidential elections in Haiti.
Colon holds two Master of Arts degrees from the University of Missouri. He has received awards from the Inter American Press Association and the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, among others.