Brillantes Zol: Moisés Linares, Telemundo Sports Reporter

October 7, 2019
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By Gabriela Arevalo

 

You see him on Telemundo 44 and you hear him on El Zol Deportes and El Zol 107.9 as the official Spanish voice for the Washington Redskins, but there’s a lot you don’t know about sports reporter Moisés Linares.

Born in Los Angeles, the Salvadoran-American started his media career behind the scenes in “production. Pulling cables, recording videos, editing soccer games. That’s how I started, but the goal was always to be in front of the camera. The opportunity didn’t always present itself to me and I knew that if I wanted to stay in Los Angeles I needed to start behind the scenes, and that’s what I did.”

Eventually Linares took the necessary risk to be on camera. He coordinated an interview with an MLS player, but when it was time to do the interview, “a big fish from the network” showed up, took the questions that Linares had prepared, and did the interview himself. Despite that, Linares didn’t give up and he asked to still do an interview, but in Spanish. On the day the interview was going to air, Linares switched the tapes so that his interview, and not the other, would be broadcast.

The eight-time Emmy winner says that interview opened doors for him at other stations, where he did “the work that nobody wanted to do- practices, trainings, the reports that nobody really sees. But I would say ‘if I can gain all of these experiences, they’re going to open more doors, I’m going to go further.’” One of those doors was here in Washington, D.C.

The first year that Linares was in the nation’s capital he didn’t know anybody, and he spent Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s alone. “At the time I wanted to go home.” But he says that was the sacrifice that he needed to make to reach his dreams. “What has made me successful here is putting in those hours nobody sees- seven days a week, game after game after game that I wasn’t paid for. But I knew that it was an investment into my career.”

Linares has some advice for those that want to follow in his path: no job is too small if it helps you grow, and “it doesn’t matter how old you are. None of that ‘I’m too old, I’ve run out of time’… if your dream is to do something, do it. If your dream is to start a business, start it. But don’t let yourself have ‘buts’ and don’t sabotage yourself.”

 

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