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Tomás P. Regalado

(Former) Director of Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB)

Tomás P. Regalado is a broadcast journalist, news anchor and producer, and politician who began serving as Director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) in June 2018. Prior to joining OCB, Regalado was the Mayor of the City of Miami from 2009 to 2017. As mayor, he executed a Sister City program with over 40 cities in 14 countries as part of the Mayor’s International Council, which he created. He also served as the Commissioner for District 4 of the City of Miami from 1996 to 2009. Throughout his journalism career, he has conducted interviews with Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Sr., and Bill Clinton.

While at the University of Miami Koubek Center Special Journalism Program, Regalado began working at WFAB, “La Fabulosa” where he became the youngest reporter on staff. At twenty one, he became the Latin American News Editor at WCKT and the host of the news program Tele-Amigo. He returned to WFAB in 1971 to serve as reporter and news anchor. He has also worked as a radio host, anchor, and news director and editor at Channel 23, WRHC, WQBA, WAQI, TeleMiami, and Spanish Broadcasting Systems, as well as a columnist on Cuba policy for El Nuevo Herald. He has covered major historical events including the Gulf War, civil war in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and war in Angola. He has spoken several times before the Human Rights Commission of United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, against human rights violations in Cuba.

In 1981, Regalado became the first Cuban American member of the White House Press Corps. As a White House correspondent and member of the traveling press, he accompanied Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, Sr. on their foreign travels. He attended summits and met such figures as Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin and Anwar Al Sadat on these trips.

Regalado has acted as an executive committee member for the Miami Dade County Homeless Trust for 18 years. Since January 2018, he became an executive committee member for Miami Lighthouse for the Blind.