Founded in 1992 at The City College of New York, the Dominican Studies Institute of the City University of New York is the first and only university-based research institute in the United States devoted to the study of people of Dominican descent.
ZUNILDA FONDEUR COLLECTION
Fondeur is the founder, producer, and host of Realidades, a cable television news program with a loyal following of hundreds of thousands of viewers in the New York metropolitan area. It has been said that anyone who has done anything of importance among Dominicans in New York has been interviewed by Fondeur for Realidades. The program is so influential that just about anyone from the Dominican Republic seeking to be known among Dominicans in New York has sought to be interviewed by Fondeur.
Fondeur began her career in journalism in her native Dominican Republic, first as a radio announcer, and quickly thereafter as a television and newspaper reporter. She has worked for some of that country's most influential media outlets, including the respected Dominican newspaper Listin Diario.
Seeking new professional opportunities, and anxious to expand her knowledge of the industry, she emigrated to the United States in 1980 and began working in New York for radio station WBNX. She also became a correspondent for the Dominican Republic's newspapers Listin Diario and El Sol, the Miami paper El Pais, and various other newspapers throughout the United States.
In 1990, she joined the staff of the weekly Listin USA, the New York affiliate of Listin Diario. A year later, with the help of a small group of well-established professionals in the communications field, and using her own equipment, she began the television program Realidades. The program quickly became a vital source of news and other information for Dominicans in the United States.
Highly regarded and respected among her peers, Fondeur was called to leadership in the profession at various stages of her career, in the Dominican Republic and in the United States. In 1970, while still in the Dominican Republic, she founded the Dominican Association of Women Radio Announcers. In 1989, she became the first president of the Radio Announcers Club of New York. She has served as president of the Association of Journalists. Currently, she is director of the College of Dominican Journalists and of the Association of Reporters Covering the Arts, known by its Spanish acronym ACROARTE. In addition, Fondeur has distinguished herself through public service, contributing her talents and time to various organizations, including the Committee for the Dominican Parade, and the Juan Pablo Duarte Elementary School (P.S. 132), both in New York.
Fondeur is the recipient of numerous awards in the United States and in the Dominican Republic. She was named one of the most influential women by the respected magazine Temas, and was named one of the most distinguished Dominicans by Vista, the magazine of the New York Daily News. In Miami, she was awarded the Independence Award by an organization of Dominicans living abroad; in the Dominican Republic she received two Gold Microphones from the the College of Dominican Journalists. Beloved among New York Dominicans, she was honored by Alianza Dominicana with the Minerva Mirabal Award, and received proclamations in her honor from New York City Councilmen Guillermo Linares and Miguel Martinez, as well as New York State Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat.
Inclusive Dates: 1980s-present
Size of Collection: 240 cubic feet
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