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Esther J. Cepeda is an opinion journalist and expert on the issues of U.S. Hispanics/Latinos. She writes three columns a week for the Washington Post Writers Group and is also a marketing/communications expert, social media strategist and coach, and public speaker.
Born and raised on the North Side of Chicago, Esther J. Cepeda started writing before her scribbles adequately conveyed her musings. She attended Lane Technical High School then went on to Southern Illinois University, earning a Bachelor's degree in journalism with minors in music and psychology.
After being awarded a full scholarship to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, she studied Integrated Marketing Communications there before going into direct marketing and public relations for a variety of Chicago companies.
In 2002 Ms. Cepeda began teaching as a bilingual teacher in low-income grammar and high schools in the suburbs of Chicago while working toward a Master's degree in Special Education from Roosevelt University.
Before joining the Chicago Sun-Times in 2006, then becoming Chicago's first Latino metro columnist, Ms. Cepeda wrote about national and local politics and social issues for Illinois newspapers and magazines across the country. She wrote a weekly column for the Sun-Times until February 2012.
Selected as a Columbia University 'Next Generation Project' American Assembly Fellow in 2007, Ms. Cepeda was recently named a National Fellow and in June 2008 convened with over one hundred nationally-selected young leaders at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to strategize on U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions.
Ms. Cepeda’s columns can be read on www.estherjcepeda.com Ms.Cepeda started writing three columns weekly for national newspaper syndication through the Washington Post Writers Group http://www.wpmediaservices.com/cepeda.htm in October 2010.
A member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, The Chicago Headline Club, and The Society of Professional Journalists, Ms. Cepeda is also a marketing/communications expert, social media strategist and coach, and public speaker.
On her off-time she is a singer, dancer and an artist. Currently working toward her black belt in the Korean art of sword fighting, Cepeda is on hiatus from a lifelong quest to learn the piano and guitar.