Duarte Geraldino ’00

Duarte Geraldino joined NBC 4 in December 2003. His wide range of reports can be seen during NBC 4’s evening shows.

In his time at NBC 4, Duarte has covered some of the most memorable stories in Central Ohio and around the country. Duarte joined the Ohio National Guard on one of their life-saving missions to the hurricane-battered Gulf Coast after Katrina, filing stories from Mississippi and Louisiana. During the 2004 presidential elections, Duarte was in the trenches with voters, covering many aspects of the race as it played out in Ohio—a key battleground state. Duarte reported live in front of Charles McCoy’s home the dramatic night that investigators identified McCoy as Central Ohio’s highway serial shooter.

Duarte has prepared several special reports for NBC 4, including a review of sex offender detection and location systems, telecommunications pricing, and the biological roots of love. Duarte has also been a guest chef on NBC 4’s noon show, teaching central Ohioans how to make simple and delicious international-inspired cuisine.

Duarte’s research interests include how religion, finance, technology and immigration issues impact American culture. He and his work have been recognized by the Ohio Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. In 2003, he was one of approximately two dozen journalists from across the country to be awarded a fellowship by the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism to study the relationship between Islam and America after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Duarte came to NBC 4 from New York, where he was the Saratoga County Bureau Chief for Capital News 9, a 24-hour local news network. He was also a guest commentator for the “Walt Adams Morning Show,” widely heard on radio in the greater Albany are. Duarte began his career in TV journalism at CNN’s New York Bureau, where he worked on the assignment desk. Duarte also helped produce shows on CNN’s financial News Network, using skills he gained in his first career as a corporate finance analyst on Wall Street.

Duarte is both a member of the National Association of Hispanic journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. He is passionate about politics, public health, housing and fair banking issues.

Duarte, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, graduated from Williams College in 2000 with a major in Asian Studies and a minor in Economics. He was also a fellow at the Economic Policy Research Institute in South Africa. His first job was teaching English to grade-school children in North China, while studying in Harbin. He speaks both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

If Duarte were not a TV journalist, he said, he would be a chef with a specialty in healthy cuisine. Duarte currently lives in downtown Columbus.