Remembering Earle Herrera: Venezuelan Journalist and Politician

Earle Herrera was a Venezuelan politician and journalist. He was elected to the Constituent National Assembly in 2017.

Freddy broke the news to the public on Twitter, writing,

“I am very sorry for the death of Earle Herrera, an institution of journalism, a lucid man and faithful to ideas. His chronicles accompanied us with humor and intelligence on sunny and rainy days and now with his silence, he will continue to demand of us. Until every so often, teacher.” 

Herrera, the president of a Constituency Commission, resigned on September 4th, alleging sectarianism during the commission president’s election, which he did not agree with.

Quick Info

NameEarle Herrera
Age (At the time of his Death)72 years
Date of Birth23 April 1949
Place of BirthEI Tigrito, Anzoátegui state, Venezuela
Zodiac SignTaurus
Current ResidenceVenezuela
ProfessionPolitician and Journalist
QualificationPh.D. in Information and Sciences.

Earle Herrera Died at the age of 72

Herrera died on December 19, 2021, at the age of 72. Since then, many have flocked to the internet to express their sympathies, particularly on Twitter. His passing is grieved equally by Venezuela’s press and intellectual community. Earle, as a member of the National Assembly, was essential in igniting debate on a variety of issues.

Earle Herrera’s death cause is still unknown to the general public. Despite the mystery surrounding Earle’s death, his obituary is already available on the internet. Various news publications, as well as the general public, have shown their sorrow by acknowledging him as a pioneer of Venezuelan journalism.

Earle was the fifth of nine siblings

Earle Herrera, a renowned Venezuelan journalist and politician, was born on April 23, 1949, in San Jose de Guanipa, Venezuela. He was the fifth child in a family of nine siblings, born to Pedro Herrera and Ana Silva.

Earle Herrera with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Moros
Pic: Earle Herrera with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Moros

Herrera’s educational journey included pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Sciences from the University of La Laguna in Spain. He also attended the esteemed Central University of Venezuela, where he further honed his knowledge and skills in journalism and politics. It was after receiving his doctorate in 2002 that he began using the honorific title of “Dr.” in front of his name, signifying his expertise in the field.

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We assume he was a married man according to his age. However, any information regarding his wife and children hasn’t been made public yet.

His Career in Venezuela Politics

He first entered the political arena as a constituent in 1999 and later secured re-election in 2017. Serving as a deputy in the National Assembly, Herrera’s final electoral victory came in 2020, marking a long and dedicated tenure in legislative affairs.

Beyond his political pursuits, Herrera was recognized for his academic accomplishments. Having earned a doctorate in Information Sciences from the University of La Laguna in 2002, he demonstrated a commitment to scholarly excellence.

From his early days in the profession, he distinguished himself as a prominent columnist in various newspapers. Known for his sharp, incisive style. Currently, he contributes to Ciudad CCS newspapers, where he shares his insights through his column titled “Earle’s kiosk.” Additionally, Herrera’s engaging presence extended to television, as he hosted the program “El kiosco veraz” on Venezolana de Televisión, the state-owned broadcasting network.

Noteworthy titles such as “Penultimate Afternoon” (1978), “The Erased Roads” (1979), “The Report and the Essay” (1983-1991-2012), and “The Magic of the Chronicle” (1986-1991-2012) showcase his literary prowess. Furthermore, Herrera explored thought-provoking topics like the reduction of Venezuelan territory, humor in political discourse, and the significance of opinion journalism, as evident in works such as “Why has the Venezuelan territory been reduced?” (1978-1990), “The Constituted Humor” (1999), and “Opinion Journalism” (1997-2012). In 2005, he authored “The One That Stole the Journalism That Returns It,” further solidifying his contribution to the field.

Herrera’s political influence extended beyond the National Assembly. In 2012, he was elected as the National Assembly’s representative to the Council of State, a crucial body bridging Venezuela’s various levels and instances of government. This appointment demonstrated his commitment to fostering interconnections and facilitating dialogue among different branches of the Venezuelan government.