My Life as a Journalist
Feb 27, 2020
George Diaz
My Life as a Journalist

Born in Cuba and raised in South Florida, George Diaz became inspired to be a journalist while working for the school newspaper at Coral Gables High School. He is a graduate of the University of Florida’s School of Journalism in 1978, Diaz has worked at The Miami Herald and Cincinnati Post before joining The Orlando Sentinel sports department in 1989.  He joined the Sentinel Editorial Board in July of 2006 before returning to the Sentinel sports department as a columnist in the spring of 2009. He recently took a severance package after 29 years at the paper and now is a freelance journalist.

His job has taken him to faraway places like Japan to cover the Olympics, to Don King's kitchen, where he shared Popeye's fried chicken with Mike Tyson. He once interviewed Muhammad Ali in the back of an SUV, and helped Doc Rivers win a title after he was fired by the Magic when they were teammates on a flag football team.

But he is most proud of sharing some highly-personal stories _ a return to Cuba in 1991, the death of his mother to Alzheimer’s in 2009, and the journey of becoming a foster parent and saying goodbye to a little one he considered to be his son in 2011.

George and his wife Theresa live in Longwood and were foster parents for nearly a decade. George is also involved with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, serving as honorary chairman for the signature fund-raising event for two years.