By Arelis Hernández, Washington, D.C. 2004
Originally published as part of the New York Times 2007 Student Journalism Institute. Arelis Hernandez was recently named one of the UWIRE 100, a yearly compiled list of the country’s top college journalists.
As a little girl in Venezuela, Jenny Arraiz was never allowed to watch telenovelas. Her mother said there was too much kissing, but that didn’t stop Jenny from sneaking a peek as the blind Topacio — the title character in a 1984 hit — married a rich man and regained her sight.