Yvette Canoura was born in the Bronx. She was only three when her family moved to Puerto Rico: the place she calls home.
At age 16, Canoura began her journalism career as a writer for a bi-weekly newspaper called El Interrogador. During the early 1980’s, Canoura had become the youngest working journalist on the island and was stirring up controversy with a series of articles on racial discrimination in the entertainment industry. Canoura also developed the first television news segment aimed at teenagers, Noti-Joven, which aired on Telemundo and highlighted current events, world issues and stories relating to her generation.
Canoura left Puerto Rico to pursue a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Loyola University in New Orleans. At Loyola, Canoura conceptualized the first campus radio call-in talk show, Cross Talk, focusing on college issues. She was also awarded a scholarship to produce, write and narrate a documentary on AIDS.
After graduation, Canoura landed a job at WSMB radio in the Big Easy as a news producer and special assignment reporter. Soon after, she created Voces Hispanas, a one-hour talk show in English targeted towards educating the community on Latino issues. Voces Hispanas received three Louisiana Associated Press Awards and two awards from the National Association of Business Communicators. A television version of her radio show aired on Public Access Television.
Canoura moved to Tucson to work with National Public Radio affiliate KUAT TV/Radio at the University of Arizona. Homesick, she returned to New Orleans to host Voces Hispanas once again; this time on WTIX radio. Her show earned her three more Louisiana Associated Press Awards.
Canoura’s interviews ranged from Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer, State Representative and KKK grand wizard David Duke and former El Salvador President Alfredo Cristiani to celebrities Geraldo Rivera and Erik Estrada.
Canoura produced a series of television medical talk shows for Mercy Hospital and various documentaries for New Orleans Government Access Television.
Canoura’s affair with the Middle East began in 1989 when she met and married her husband. Her love for his family, culture, and people inspired her first romantic suspense novel, Mediterranean Sunset.
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