Cindy E. Rodríguez is web 2.0 journalist who can shoot high-definition video, edit on Final Cut Pro, create podcasts, as well as write and edit with style. Armed with a degree in digital media from Columbia University, she understands how to effectively use social networking sites, and how analyze viewer metrics. 

She is currently a Journalist-in-Residence at Emerson College in Boston.

Prior to immersing herself in all things digital, she was an award-winning journalist and former newspaper columnist. During her 20-year career, Cindy covered race relations and cultural affairs forThe Detroit News, was a columnist and blogger at The Denver Post, covered immigration and demographics for The Boston Globe, and was youth editor at The Syracuse Newspapers.

Currently, she is teaching journalism at area colleges, doing consulting work, freelancing, and working on a book. 

She has been published in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Latina Magazine, and many other publications.

She’s written on myriad topics, from hip hop to health care, from labor issues to education. Her story assignments have taken to cities across the nation and to many parts of Latin American and the Caribbean. She’s met dozens of dignitaries and celebrities along the way. The most fascinating people for her, however, have always been regular people.

Cindy currently teaches journalism at Fordham University, and has taught at New York University, and Hunter College (CUNY), where she also serves on the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism committee.

She previously held adjunct faculty positions at Metropolitan State College of Denver, Boston University, Northeastern University and for three years ran the S.I. Newhouse Minority High School Journalism Program in Syracuse, NY.

Cindy served as vice president-print of The National Association of Hispanic Journalists from 2006 to 2008 and in 2007-2008 served as a board member of Unity: Journalists of Color, Inc.. She is a member of both the National Association of Black Journalists and Society of Professional Journalists. She was also Co-Editor of The UNITY News student newspaper project during UNITY 2004 and UNITY 2000, the largest conventions of journalists in the world.

She has also mentored aspiring journalists working on The ASNE Reporter, the convention newspaper of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. She’s also been editor, for several years, of The Latino Reporter, a convention newspaper of NAHJ that brings together 25 college students from across the country for a one-week journalism bootcamp experience.

She has won numerous accolades throughout her career including First Place Award for Best Serious Columnist from the Colorado Press Association, a New York State AP Award for column writing, and an award from the National Association of Black Journalists for work on a team project covering the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit unrest.  In 2000, she was a National Press Foundation fellow, which allowed her to live in Cuernavaca, México, to master Spanish.

Cindy was born and raised in Harlem. Her mother is Puerto Rican, her dad is Cuban (he fled Cuba in 1958 when Batista was in power). She is a graduate of The City College of New York and earned a Master’s degree in digital media from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Work History

Work History
Jul 2008 - Present

Freelance Writer

The New York Times
Aug 2011 - Present


Emerson College

Teach a variety of theoretical and practical courses in journalism, across all platforms. Courses include Discovering Journalism, Foundations of Journalism, The Digital Journalist, Beat Reporting Across the Media, Covering Immigration (a course I developed), Cross-Media Capstone (for graduate students), and I am currently developing the curriculum for another course I'm developing: Creating Your Own Web News Show.

Oct 2010 - Jul 2011

Reporter/Producer (permalance)

ABC News

Worked on a permalance basis for ABC News' website. Reported and produced national and international stories for the web. 

Jan 2011 - May 2011

International Reporting Fellow

International Center for Journalists

I have been awarded a fellowship by the Ford Foundation and the International Center for Journalists that will take me to Israel for several weeks this spring to work on a reporting project. 

Jan 2008 - Jan 2010

Adjunct Professor

New York University
Aug 2008 - Oct 2008

Adjunct Lecturer

Hunter College
Jun 2006 - Aug 2008

Vice President, Print

National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Apr 2007 - Oct 2007

Race Relations and Cultural Affairs Reporter

The Detroit News
2003 - 2007


The Denver Post
Sep 1997 - Apr 2003

Immigration and Demographics Reporter

The Boston Globe
1994 - 1997

Reporter/Columnist/Youth Editor

Syracuse Newspapers



M.S. in Digital Media

Columbia Graduate School of Journalism


City University of New York City College
Jun 2008 - Aug 2008

post-baccalaureate course work in education

Fordham University Graduate School of Education



Website design

Photoshop, Adobe Bridge

Final Cut Pro