02 July 1960


Eduardo Calderón Colombia
Guillermo Zavala Bolivia
José A. Ortiz Chile
James H. Purks III USA
Verónica Bobrovsky Argentina
Janice Thelma Geasler USA
James de Silva Andrews Trinidad
Claude E. Erbsen USA
  Testimony of Scholarship Winners    

A graduate of the Universidad de Concepción, with specialization at Columbia University in New York, thanks to an IAPA scholarship and a later one from Radio Televisión Francesa, Paris.

He has worked in print, radio and television as head of the Research Department at Chile’s National Television Council, Director of the Journalism School at the Universidad Católica, and head of the Culture and Press Service for Radio and Television at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago.

For 43 years Ortiz has taught at the Universities Católica, Diego Portales, del Pacífi co, Internacional SEK, and the Artes, Ciencias y Comunicación (UNIACC), this last accredited by the Latin American Council of Accreditation of Journalism Education (CLAEP).

Ortiz says that the IAPA grant opened new horizons and gave him an understanding of culture and values that were decisive in his journalism and teaching careers.


He studied at the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. He was then snapped up by the AP:Bureau Chief for Brazil, Executive Representative for Latin America, Business Manager and Administrative Director for the AP-Dow Jones Economic News Service in London, and now Deputy Director ,of the World Services Division of the AP. “The scholarship,” he said, “was instrumental in starting my career as a foreign correspondent and in my joining the AP.”