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Distinguished Journalist and Writer Luis Baez Dies in Havana

By Ángela Oramas Camero
Source CUBARTE 09.02.2015

Luis Báez
Luis Báez

Renowned Cuban journalist Luis Baez Hernandez, 2003 Jose Marti National Award, the highest one conferred by the Association of Cuban Journalists (UPEC, after its initials in Spanish) for a lifetime work, died this morning February 9. Luis Baez is the author of 25 books, and was also granted the Jose Marti International Award in 1994 granted by Prensa Latina News Agency.

After graduating from Manuel Marquez Sterling Journalism Professional School, he started a sports writer in El Crisol and Avances newspapers. The director of the latter one asked him in 1959 to write something on the Triumph of the Revolution, and he quickly traveled to Las Villas province where the convoy of Ejercito Rebelde—the Cuban Rebel Army then—was heading towards the Cuban capital city.

It was in Las Villas where he met Fidel Castro. From that moment on, Luis Baez traveled abroad accompanying the leader of the Cuban revolution and reported visits to several countries like Venezuela, United States, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina.

Information, articles, news, and interviews were published in Revolucion, Granma newspapers, in Bohemia magazine, in Prensa Latina news agency and in some foreign media.

Some of his works are Los que se quedaron, Conversaciones secretas con Juan Marinello, Secretos de Generales, Preguntas indiscretas and  Guerra secreta de la CIA.  He also published Absuelto por la historia in 2006, dedicated to Fidel with opinions given by personalities in politics, culture, education, sports and science.

Luis Baez was born on November 24, 1936. His mortal remains are in Calzada y K funeral parlor, in Havana, where many colleagues and friends went to offer their condolences to family.

Translation: Cubarte

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