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Magdalena, beyond the news

Impossible to assimilate the news. Defying all the laws of logic and physics, Magdalena always seemed eternal to me. She, the news and current affairs were inextricably linked conceptsin a sort of tacit pact sealed for ever and ever.

Having been a classmate of her eldest daughter allowed me, since I was a child, to have another vision and another approach. I learned to love her, far beyond professional respect.

On camera, in front of a microphone, with his famous “Looking Machine” in the Fontana Video Show, in everyday life, something remained unchanged: it was a whirlwind. Y a person of unfailing consistency and integrity.

Magdalena Ruiz Guiñazu, in 1988.

Magdalena Ruiz Guiñazu, in 1988.

Talking about it is talking about the history of journalism, and the history of Argentina. Undisputed pioneer of generations of journaliststreasuring awards and distinctions here and abroad, until the last minute he kept his curiosity, humility, commitment and ethics intact in his task.

It didn’t matter how dedicated she was: she worked overtime like the most budding of chroniclers.

The profession made us coincide on many occasions. I remember, in the early 1990s, a meeting in Washington of International Women’s Media Foundation, which was celebrating its anniversary, and to which we had been invited by Argentina. As part of the activities, a gala was organized at the Four Seasons hotel, in which Ted Turner was a star speaker.

Sheathed in her gala dress, her coquettish evening bag, in the midst of the whirlpool in the lobby, Magdalena took out a minimal hand recorder and He threw a couple of questions at him as if he were a mobile phone on the hunt for the impossible interviewee and not a stellar participant of the gala.

on the same trip, in the middle of the night, with the rollers still on, he connected every day with his program on Radio Miterprofessional to the core, forced to wake up even earlier than in Buenos Aires.

Generous, sensitive, and invariably kind and polite, she never lost a certain amount of naivety either.

Magdalena Ruiz Guiñazú with Ernesto Sabato.

Magdalena Ruiz Guiñazú with Ernesto Sabato.

On another trip by the same organization to Chile, in the middle of a visit to a large local crafts workshop, he worried that he had not bought anything for one of the attendees, from Haiti, who had narrated in great detail the situation of misery that devastated his country. Upon returning to the hotel, we found that Miriam, the journalist in question, had swept away a huge batch of statuettes, decorations, and more, arranged in boxes in the lobby, while each of us returned with a small souvenir in hand. “Did you see?, -he told me- I’m always the same stupid”.

Her sense of humor – “For many years, after separating from my first husband and father of my children, we continued to go to family gatherings together. I did not want to displease my parents, who did not approve of divorce– or “I changed my hair color so much that I don’t even know how it was originally” – went hand in hand with his irreducible courage.

From the radio he confronted the military of the dictatorship, which earned him threats and something else, and was the first to give Hebe de Bonafini and the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo a microphone.

In the midst of Kirchnerism, when Bonafini attacked her and her portrait was in the Plaza de Mayo available to anyone who wanted to spit on it, Magdalena aired the audio of Hebe thanking her and acknowledging her courage in giving her a voice in those dark times.

With the same courage, he joined the historic CONADEPwhose task there defined as “a descent into hell”.

Owner of an impressive cultural background, she narrated with amazing naturalness the most incredible stories that she had to star in and the events of History that her profession led her to cover.

A pioneer in the different media, she was also a pioneer in her personal life: her long and close relationship with the “Tano” Sergio Dellacha It was one of the first couples “out of bed” in these parts, at a time when the modality was not frequent.

Teacher of life and journalism, it is difficult to get used to the idea that now we have to write about her in the past tense. Goodbye, Magdalena, and thanks for the teachings of journalism and life.

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Reference from clarin www.clarin.com

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