Biographical Note: César Romero is a prominent Dominican journalist who has captured the life of the Dominican community in New York for the past three decades. At a young age, he migrated from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico where he studied communication at the Universidad Inter Americana. Afterward, he traveled to Mexico to study economics with a specialization in marketing at the Instituto Nacional de Comunicación. Upon completing his 5 years of studies, he relocated to New York, where he has resided for the past forty years. He has been a member of different community and civic organizations including Asociación de Periodistas Dominicanos en Estados Unidos, Círculo de Locutores Dominicanos, Instituto Duartiano en Estados Unidos, and Club de Ajedrez de Washington Heights, among other organizations. At present he serves as president of Acroarte en Nueva York.
Scope and Contents: The César Romero Collection consists of 1137 videotapes (179 cubic feet), the majority of which were produced by Romero for his programs Hechos y Gente and Variedades, which aired regularly during almost two decades on New York City’s cable-TV networks. The collection contains videotaped interviews of prominent Dominican civic and community leaders, political campaigns, commercials of Dominican businesses, Dominican parades, local news, and other public events. It also includes videotapes of speeches and political events featuring prominent Dominican political figure Dr. José Francisco Peña Gómez. César Romero participated, hosted or directed the following television programs: Hechos y Gente; Variedades; and El Universo y los Niños. As a civic activist, Romero has been involved for years in the Dominican Day Parades in Manhattan and the Bronx, and the Puerto Rican Day Parade.