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Conversations With Enrique Cerna

Writer Tyrone Beason on the Need for Deeper Conversation About Race in America

“It’s tough to think about yourself in color terms, even though people of color have to think about it every day.”

February 16, 2017

Tyrone Beason is a staff writer for the Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine. On Jan. 26, the magazine published Black Like Me: It’s time for a deeper conversation about race in America, a personal essay written by Beason.

In conversation with KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna, Beason talks about the essay, the influences of his personal experiences and the people he discovered who are taking on issues of race, gender and equity in unique ways.


Enrique Cerna

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.

Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

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