Esperanza Academy Students to Meet Spanish Journalist Guillermo Fesser

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On Monday, October 20th, three English classes at Esperanza Academy will meet Spanish journalist, Guillermo Fesser, at an event sponsored by Santander Shareholder Relations US.

Fesser is known in his country for his innovative morning radio talk show, Gomaespuma, where he became popular for using humor to interpret the news. His show ran for 25 years and had over 1 million listeners.

Fesser studied journalism at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid and filmmaking at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, via a Fulbright scholarship.

He has written scripts with his brother, film director Javier Fesser, and directed the movie Candida. Guillermo has edited and hosted news programs for Spain’s Public Television, TVE, and produced a puppet series for Tele5, based on the advice of puppeteer Kermit Love, the creator of Big Bird.

After moving to Rhinebeck, NY with his family, Fesser began collecting stories about the people in small-town America, starting with the cab driver who brought him to his new home. These stories became his best-selling book A Cien Millas de Manhattan (100 Miles from Manhattan), which inspired a Spanish TV news program, weekly radio show Onda Cero Radio, and the Huffington Post blog he now writes.

His book was recently translated into English so that those he wrote about could see themselves through Fesser’s perspective. 100 Miles from Manhattan has prompted invitations from various universities for lectures and workshops, and Fesser has developed a reputation for inspiring young writers throughout his book tour.

Now, Esperanza Academy students will have the incredible opportunity to meet Mr. Fesser, and be inspired by his stories. Each student will receive a signed, special Santander Shareholders edition of 100 Miles from Manhattan.