The journalist and writer Luis María Anson (Madrid, 1935) has been President of the EFE press agency (1976-1983) and Editor of the daily newspaper ABC (1983-1997). In 1998 he founded La Razón and, in 2008, El Imparcial. He has presided the Asociación de la Prensa de Madrid, the Federación de Asociaciones de la Prensa de España and the Federación Iberoamericana de Asociaciones de Periodistas. He is currently President of the supplement “El Cultural” of El Mundo and of the Sociedad Cervantina de Madrid and has been a member of the Real Academia Española since 1998.
Among many other awards, he has received the journalism prizes Luca de Tena (1960), Mariano de Cavia (1964), González-Ruano (1977), Nacional de Periodismo (1980) and Miguel Delibes de Periodismo (2009). He also holds the Premio Nacional de Literatura (1965) and Príncipe de Asturias de Comunicación y Humanidades (1991) and, recently, he was awarded the Premio 75 Aniversario of the EFE press agency (2014) and Premio Antena de Oro (2015).
This initiative takes place in the form of a series of talks with outstanding personalities from different cultural areas who were one-time recipients of a scholarship or grant from the Fundación Juan March, which they used to begin their careers or progress professionally in their respective disciplines. With the descriptions of their experiences, the Fundación Juan March aims to put the spotlight on their lives and careers and consequently portray the evolution of a country, capturing an image of Spain during the 1950s, 60s and 70s and projecting it on to the Spain of today. This is the explanation for the title of this activity, "Memories of the Fundación": a series of programs looking back on the origins of outstanding professional careers, as well as because the results of these scholarships were reflected in a final report (referred to as a “memoria” in Spanish) or thesis deposited at the Fundación.
The host is the journalist Íñigo Alfonso, who has worked at Radio Nacional de España (RNE) since 2001, where he has performed different roles at RNE in the areas of economy and national news information, directing the late news program “24 Horas” (24 Hours). He has been co-director of the lunchtime TVE News. He is presently coordinating the parliamentary area of the news services at RNE.