In a move to reach new audiences in the U.S. and beyond, the Washington Post is launching its first Spanish-language podcast in September. The debut is timed to correspond with the launch of a translated edition of the paper’s Opinions content on its website.
The still-untitled podcast will be hosted by Juan Carlos Iragorri, the Colombian journalist and author with more than 30 years of experience in radio, print and television. He will be joined by internationally renowned journalists Dori Toribio, Washington correspondent for Spain’s Mediaset, and Jorge Espinosa, radio journalist and podcast director of Colombia’s Caracol Radio. The podcast will feature contributions from Post reporters and explain top news stories through a multicultural lens, allowing listeners to experience the intersection of Washington and the Spanish-speaking world.
“This new podcast further opens up Post reporting and analysis to Spanish speakers in the United States, Latin America, Spain and elsewhere,” said Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post. “Over the past year, we’ve made a significant investment in audio storytelling. We’re delighted to now expand our audio offerings to additional listeners who are seeking to understand global events and trends that are influencing their lives.”
The Washington Post last November launched its flagship Post Reports podcast. Published each weekday, the 20-minute show targets afternoon commuters. And just this month it launched the 12-part narrative podcast Moonrise podcast that looks at the historic Apollo 11mission.
The Spanish-language podcast launch is part of a broader initiative at the newspaper to make its Opinions content section available to Spanish speakers. It will feature translations of the paper’s editorial pages as well as offer original columns by commissioned writers from Latin America, Spain and the U.S.
“Building on our mission to give readers a well-rounded debate on the most pressing issues in every region in the world, this new Opinions section will be a source for Spanish-speakers seeking a range of perspectives on social and political issues throughout the Americas,” said Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor at The Post.