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Jose Griñan

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Latino, Creole
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cayman Brac
Favorite Quote:
For All Your Days Prepare, And Meet Them Ever Alike; When You Are The Anvil, Bear; When You Are The Hammer, Strike.$

Birthplace

Born:
7/24/1952
Birth Location:
Tampa, Florida

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Latino, Creole
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cayman Brac
Favorite Quote:
For All Your Days Prepare, And Meet Them Ever Alike; When You Are The Anvil, Bear; When You Are The Hammer, Strike.$

Birthplace

Born:
7/24/1952
Birth Location:
Tampa
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Biography

Broadcast journalist José Griñán was born on July 24, 1952 in Tampa, Florida. His father was a native Cuban; his mother, a first generation Cuban-American. Griñán studied speech and theatre at the University of South Florida, but his interest in broadcasting resulted from his filming and helping to produce documentaries for the U.S. Army.

In 1975, Griñán was hired as a reporter and weekend anchor for KTSM AM-FM-TV in El Paso, Texas. From 1978 to 1982, he worked as a news reporter and anchor for Miami, Florida’s WCKT-TV (now WSVN-TV). Griñán worked as a news anchor for the now defunct Satellite News Channel in 1982 and 1983, before being hired by WTVJ-TV in Miami in 1984, where he stayed until 1990. From 1990 to 1993, he was a correspondent/host for Crime Watch Tonight, and served as a freelance correspondent and researcher for CNN, and other broadcast services. In 1991, he anchored and reported for KDFW-TV in Dallas, Texas, and then, in August of 1993, Griñán joined FOX’s KRIV-TV in Houston, Texas, where he is the senior morning news anchor for the 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m. and 12 noon newscasts.

Throughout his career, Griñán has covered major events of all types, including floods, hurricanes, the sewer explosion in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Texas, where he was one of the first reporters on the scene. In addition, Griñán has produced a variety of special series reports, and has hosted two public affairs programs for KRIV-TV: “The Black Voice” and “Hola Houston.”

Griñán has been active in the community and has served as a volunteer for the National Kidney Foundation, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Special Olympics and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, among others. Griñán is also a board member of the Dive Pirate Foundation, the Houston READ Commission, and Keep Houston Beautiful/Clean City America.

Griñán has been a member of the National Association of Black Journalists since 1978, and maintains membership in the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Southwest Alternate Media Project. He is the father of two adult girls.

José Griñán was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 8, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jose Grinan's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jose Grinan lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jose Grinan describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jose Grinan describes his community in Tampa, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jose Grinan describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jose Grinan talks about his experiences of discrimination as a black Cuban American
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jose Grinan describes the history of racial discrimination in Cuba
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jose Grinan talks about the experiences of black Cubans under Fidel Castro and Fulgencio Batista
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jose Grinan describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jose Grinan talks about his family's roots in Cuba
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jose Grinan talks about the Spanish American War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jose Grinan talks about Antonio Maceo Grajales
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jose Grinan talks about his mother's education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jose Grinan describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jose Grinan describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jose Grinan talks about his father's education and career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jose Grinan talks about the brutality of slavery in Cuba
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jose Grinan lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jose Grinan describes his home life in Tampa, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jose Grinan describes the sights and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Jose Grinan remembers Meacham Elementary School in Tampa, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Jose Grinan remembers visiting Cuba
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jose Grinan talks about the history of baseball in Tampa, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jose Grinan describes his early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jose Grinan remembers his godfather, Francisco A. Rodriguez
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jose Grinan talks about his experiences at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jose Grinan talks about his mentors and his aspirations to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jose Grinan remembers his mentor at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jose Grinan recalls his early exposure to black theater and screen acting
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jose Grinan remembers the growth of the Black Power movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jose Grinan remembers moving out of his parent's home
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jose Grinan talks about the counterculture of the early 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jose Grinan recalls his draft orders from the U.S. military, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jose Grinan remembers appearing in 'The Daredevil'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jose Grinan recalls his draft orders from the U.S. military, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jose Grinan describes his start in film production, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jose Grinan describes his start in film production, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jose Grinan describes the film production process
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Jose Grinan describes his duties at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Jose Grinan remembers becoming a reporter at KTSM-TV in El Paso, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jose Grinan remembers becoming a radio host at KTSM Radio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jose Grinan remembers advocating for undercover officer Frank Percy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jose Grinan recalls joining WCKT-TV in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jose Grinan talks about the migration of Cubans to Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jose Grinan remembers the riots of 1980 in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jose Grinan recalls working for the Satellite News Channel in Stamford, Connecticut
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jose Grinan remembers his work on 'Crime Watch Tonight'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jose Grinan talks about his first marriage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Jose Grinan talks about his role as an advocate for minority communities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Jose Grinan remembers the drug wars in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jose Grinan talks about the height of drugs and crime in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jose Grinan talks about the Mariel boatlift in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jose Grinan remembers Bishop Agustin Roman's peace negotiations at the federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jose Grinan recalls the aftermath of the prison riot in Oakdale, Louisiana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jose Grinan recalls his transition to KDFW-TV and KRIV-TV in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jose Grinan remembers the mass killings of the early 1990s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jose Grinan remembers the Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Texas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Jose Grinan remembers joining KRIV-TV in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Jose Grinan talks about the local stations affiliated with FOX
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Jose Grinan talks about working at KRIV-TV in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Jose Grinan talks about his work with minority journalist organizations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Jose Grinan remembers covering the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Jose Grinan reflects upon his career as a journalist
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Jose Grinan remembers saving a woman from a burning car
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Jose Grinan talks about the aftermath of saving a person's life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Jose Grinan remembers Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Jose Grinan remembers experiencing a stroke on the air
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Jose Grinan talks about working at KRIV-TV in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Jose Grinan talks about the importance of community relationships
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Jose Grinan remembers interviewing Minister Louis Farrakhan
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Jose Grinan describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Jose Grinan talks about his father's legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Jose Grinan talks about his plans to write a book about his mother
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Jose Grinan reflects upon his life and legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Jose Grinan talks about his daughters, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Jose Grinan remembers vacations with his daughters
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Jose Grinan talks about his daughters, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - Jose Grinan talks about his wife, Kathryn Griffin Grinan
  • Tape: 8 Story: 12 - Jose Grinan describes how he would like to be remembered