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Maria González

(Former) Director, Office of Cuba Broadcasting

As the Director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Maria “Malule” González is responsible for the strategic planning and direction of TV Martí, Radio Martí and Martinoticias.com, which are collectively known as the Martís.

Malule González started her career in Puerto Rico in 1984 as a journalist for the newspaper “El Nuevo Dia.” She then moved to WAPA, Channel 4, as the producer of a local morning show and then as the general producer of the prime time news. González was also a manager of WSJN, Channel 24, the first 24-hour news channel in the island.

González moved to the mainland in 1989 to work for Univision as Promotion Director for the Hispanic network and eventually moved to the news department. She produced several news shows before going to Telemundo to launch “Noticiero Telemundo” and the ambitious project “CBS TeleNoticias,” the first 24-hour Spanish pan-regional news network. At Telemundo she also served as Executive Producer for the Emmy-winning talk show “Sevcec” and the newsmagazine “Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste” before moving back to her native Puerto Rico, as General Manager of América CV, a local station affiliated to Miami’s America Teve. In 2012, González was recruited by Univision Local Media as Vice-President and Station Manager for WLII and WSTE, two local stations owned and operated by the network. When Univision decided to restructure and downsize their operations in Puerto Rico, González returned to Miami and has been working as a media consultant for various TV stations and media conglomerates.

González is a well-rounded media professional with ample radio and digital experience. In 1997, she helped launched and positioned Radio Unica for Joaquin Blaya, Univision’s former President and CEO. Her digital experience dates back to 1999 when she worked for a Chase Capital Partners Internet start-up. Also, at the various TV stations where she has worked, she has led the digital expansion. González has prepared various papers and presentations about the future of television, considering the advent of social media, VOD and TV streaming.

González has a BA in Journalism and Broadcasting and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico. She has served on various boards, including the Florida chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and has won five “Emmy Awards” and a “Cúspide.”

González began her service at OCB in December 2015.