Stereotypes and skin color: navigating ethnicity as a latino journalist

When Denise Isaac, a Panama-born meteorologist for Miami’s Telemundo 51, moved to the United States for college, she faced an unexpected challenge mingling with her new peers.

“When I first got here, people just automatically thought I was a black African-American,” Isaac said as a panelist during an #EIJ15 Saturday session, Off-Color: Navigating Race and Ethnicity as a Latino Journalist.

Isaac said she didn’t fit the stereotypes her young colleagues had about her skin color. “I’m not the black you think I am,” she added.

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