Raquel Ortiz is a first generation Puerto Rican born and raised in New York, and has more than 35 years of experience as a television producer, executive producer, director, writer, and host. During her tenure within public broadcasting she worked on two premiering Latino themed television series, Realidades for Thirteen/WNET, New York and La Plaza for WGBH-TV, Boston. Her documentary Mi Puerto Rico produced under her independent production company, Ortiz/Simon Productions, is a personal exploration of Puerto Rico/US relations for PBS. This visual historic “legacy to her people” was the pivotal step that led Raquel to write this memoir. Her vision is to continue to use her Boricua/Newyorican/Latina voice to tell stores in both the written and visual form. Ortiz resides in Cambridge, MA.
Portrait by Bacharach