A native of Cuba, Rafael Pi Roman received his Bachelor’s Degree in English from Florida State University. After receiving his Master’s Degree in International Affairs, also from Florida State University, Mr. Pi Roman moved to New York City to attend the NYU Graduate Film School.
In 1985 he became the head of NABET 15, the freelance film and television workers local of The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians. (NABET 15 was a “local” whose jurisdiction included the entire country except Los Angeles.) In 1989 Mr. Pi Roman left the union to become the host of “Visiones”, WNBC-TV’s public affairs program directed at the Latino population of New York City and the tri-state area. In the fall of 1992, Mr. Pi Roman wrote and hosted “Nuestra Moda” a national prime time special profiling the great Hispanic fashion designers for the Univision Spanish television network, and later that year, he moved to Thirteen/WNET, where he anchored “The Bulldog Edition”, the station’s nightly news.
From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Pi Roman was the co-host of “Inside New Jersey” with Steve Adubato and in 1997 he became WNET’s prime-time host and the Executive Producer and co-host of “Inside Trenton”, also with Steve Adubato. Since 2010 Mr. Pi Roman and Mr. Adubato have co-hosted New Jersey Capital Report.
In 2001 Mr. Pi Roman became the host and senior editor of Thirteen’s prime time Emmy award winning program “New York Voices”.
Throughout his tenure at WNET, Mr. Pi Roman has hosted or hosted/produced numerous public affairs and political news specials. In 1999, he won an Emmy for “The City”, a three part special which covered all aspects of the 1997 New York City mayoral race. Mr. Pi Roman was the Executive Producer, writer and host of “The City”.
Mr. Pi Roman has also been honored for his television work by the Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences as well as by the Latino Coalition for a Fair Media.
Mr. Pi Roman serves on the Boards of the Cuban Cultural Center and the Latino Center On Aging.
In 2005 Mr. Pi Roman was named one of the twenty five most distinguished Hispanic men in New York City by the city’s premier Hispanic newspaper El Diario/La Prensa.