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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release August 6, 1997
                         U.S. AMBASSADOR TO BELIZE

President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Carolyn Curiel as U.S. Ambassador to Belize.

Ms. Curiel, of Hammond, Indiana, is Special Assistant to the President and Senior Presidential Speechwriter. She joined the Clinton Administration in February l993, following a career in journalism as an editor, writer, and producer in both print and broadcast news. She began her career in journalism at United Press International, where she headed the Caribbean Division. She also worked at the Washington Post and at The New York Times as an editor. At The New York Times, she was responsible for Late Editions for the Foreign Desk during a period that included the crackdown at Tiananmen Square, the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, and the Persian Gulf War. In 1992, she was a writer-producer at ABC News Nightline. At the White House, Ms. Curiel has specialized in domestic issues, including race relations.

Ms. Curiel earned a B.A. in Radio-TV-Film from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1976. She currently resides in Washington, D.C. Ms. Curiel speaks Spanish.