"I hope that Horizonte educates both Hispanic and non-Hispanic viewers about the issues that are of major concern to all Arizonans. I am most proud of our ability to showcase the depth and variety of talent in the Hispanic community."
Horizonte, Eight's weekly public affairs program, focuses on Arizona issues through a Hispanic lens and is hosted by José Cárdenas, senior vice president and general counsel of Arizona State University. The Eight/KAET production was launched on September 18, 2003.
The management team for the PBS station recognized the importance of the Hispanic perspective within Arizona's community and wanted a program that presents that perspective on Eight. After holding auditions for several months, Cárdenas was selected as host of the weekly program.
Cárdenas has interviewed a veritable who's who of Arizona newsmakers on Horizonte. Governor Janet Napolitano, Congressmen Ed Pastor, Jeff Flake, and Raul Grijalva, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Bishop Thomas Olmsted, political consultant Alfredo Gutierrez, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his successors Rick Romley and Bill Montgomery. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Arizona Supreme Court Justice Ruth McGregor and more have all joined Cárdenas in the Horizonte studio to discuss issues ranging from public policy to education.
Other memorable guests include: The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer's Ray Suarez; Univision's Jorge Ramos; Actor, Director, and Community Activist Edward James Olmos; Actor Cheech Marin; and Olympic gold medal winner Henry Cejudo.
JOSÉ CÁRDENAS, Host
José A. Cárdenas is senior vice president and general counsel of Arizona State University. Previously, he was chairman of the law firm of Lewis and Roca LLP. He practiced in the areas of commercial and civil litigation and transactional/international law.
Cárdenas is a member of the Maricopa County, Arizona and American Bar Associations, as well as the American Law Institute and the Hispanic National Bar Association. Cárdenas is a long time member of Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association years, having served on its board for several years and as president for three years.
He has been appointed to various committees, commissions, task forces and boards by the Board of Regents, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Arizona State Bar and various Arizona Governors. He is also a member of the boards of Xico Inc. and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), having served 10 years as chairman of the TGen board.
Cárdenas is a graduate of Stanford Law School.
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MIKE SAUCEDA, Executive Producer
Mike's voice may be as familiar as his work on HORIZON. In addition to his full-time duties as a HORIZON producer, Mike is a well-known news anchor on KTAR radio. Mike has been with HORIZON since 1990. He arrived with many years of local radio experience. In many ways, Mike represents the best in the classic (and disappearing) style of traditional reporter. He likes nothing better than digging and digging at a complex issue, then crafting it into a segment the community can understand and learn from. Mike is an Arizona native.
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LAARNI FERNANDEZ-NUEZ, Horizonte producerPrior to producing for Horizonte, Laarni Fernandez-Nuez was a special projects producer and assignment desk manager at the CBS affiliate in Phoenix. She also worked at the ABC affiliate in Phoenix, and for television stations in Chicago. Laarni earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago.