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Helen Aguirre Ferre's past ties to Radio Marti -- and Charlie Crist

Helen Aguirre Ferre, the newly-appointed Hispanic media guru for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, is a long-time Miami journalist and public affairs show host with a couple of noteworthy lines on her resume.

Aguirre Ferre was one of 10 journalists named in press accounts nearly a decade ago who received government money from Radio and TV Marti, which beamed anti-Castro propaganda to Cuba. The payments caused a sensation in South Florida media circles and resulted in dismissals of three writers at El Nuevo Herald in Miami.

And in the race for governor of Florida in 2006, Aguirre Ferre was an outside-the-box name floated as a possible running mate for Republican Charlie Crist. Crist chose state Rep. Jeff Kottkamp of Cape Coral, and Aguirre Ferre remained in print and on TV in Miami, where she's the long-time host of Issues, a weekly Friday evening roundtable program on WPBT, South Florida's PBS outlet.

More background here.

[Last modified: Friday, June 3, 2016 11:34am]


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