Alfonso Sobrado Palomares

Category: Journalist and writer
Birth Place: Calvos de Randín (Ourense)

He took a degree in Law and Journalism at the Complutense University (Madrid). He also studied Philosophy and atended courses on marxism and existencialism. He has dedicated his professional career to information.

 Work & Activities

He directed Radial Press Agency (1964) and collaborated in ‘Sábado Gráfico’ and ‘Cambio l6’ discussing about international policy. He was on the editorial staff of ‘Cambio 16’ and in the late 1973, he founded and edited ‘Ciudadano’, a magazine that caused a real disturbance in the national politic and journalistic scene, as it openly criticized the products in the market as well as the business methods. Shortly after, he edited ‘Posible’ and then founded and edited ‘Leer’, devoted to literary and artistic matters. He was the vice president of the Press Association of Madrid and president of the comisión of ‘Hoja del Lunes’. From 1980 to l985, he collaborated in ‘Periódico de Catalunya’ discussing about international policy, holding at the same time a column in the OTR Agency, reproduced by twenty-two newspapers every day. In l986, he was nominated as president and director general of the EFE Agency, filling the office for ten years. During this period, the Agency was awarded Prince of Asturias Prize to Communication and Humanities. In l988, he was distinguished with the ‘Master de Oro’ for his business activity. He has directed summer courses related to communication and international relations at Menéndez y Pelayo, El Escorial and Ronda Universities and has given lectures at several universities of Spain, Portugal and Latin America. In l997, he joined the Zeta Group as director of international relations and publishing adviser, as well as political commentator of ‘Tiempo’ and ‘Periódico de Catalunya’. On 17th May 2001, he became editor of Diario Córdoba and Onda Mezquita. On 28th September 2001, he became president of the Social Council of the University of Cordova, which granted him the gold medal at the end of his term of office. Since 2006 to 2009, he directed the Casa de Galicia in Madrid, department of the Xunta de Galicia in the capital of Spain. Owing to journalistic or business management reasons, he has travelled all round seventy countries, interviewing great leaders such as Ben Bella, Tito, Pertini, Fidel Castro, Noriega, Salinas de Gortari, Alfonsín, Arafat, Netanhyahu, Willy Brandt, Mario Soares, Belisario Betancourt...

 Other Interesting Aspects

He has published the following essays: ‘Africa, la hora de las violencias’, ‘El socialismo y la polémica marxista’ and ‘Albert Camus’, a biography where he analyses the work and thought of the famous Nobel Prize. As a narrator, he has published the following novels: ‘Agotando la esperanza’ (‘II Premio Café Gijón’), ‘Las linotipias del miedo’, ‘Una larga sed’ and ‘Te amaré después de siempre’, whose first edition sold out in a month and a pocket edition has just come out. His last book, ‘Felipe González, el hombre y el político’, edited by Ediciones B in 2005, goes on the eighth edition. In 2008, it has been awarded ‘Celanova, Casa de los Poetas’ Prize, granted by Curros Enríquez Foundation.