Ricardo Boechat

Ricardo Eugênio Boechat (July 13, 1952 – February 11, 2019) was an Argentine-born Brazilian news anchor. He worked for newspapers such as O Globo, O Dia, O Estado de São Paulo and Jornal do Brasil. Before his death, he was active as a news director and radio anchor at BandNews FM and held a position as television anchor at Jornal da Band. Boechat won three Esso Journalism Awards.[1] He entertained a weekly column at news magazine IstoÉ,[2] and in 2002 authored the book Copacabana Palace.[3]

Ricardo Boechat
Boechat in 2010
Ricardo Eugênio Boechat

(1952-07-13)July 13, 1952
DiedFebruary 11, 2019(2019-02-11) (aged 66)
Cause of deathPolitraumatic brain injury
TelevisionBandNews FM, Band TV
Veruska Seibel
(m. 2005; his death 2019)


Boechat began his career in 1970 as reporter at the newspapers O Estado de S. Paulo, Jornal do Brasil, and the now extinct Diário de Notícias. In 1983 went to the newspaper O Globo. In 1987 he served a six-month term as the Secretariat of Social Communication in the government of Moreira Franco (1987–1991). After fulfilling that commitment he returned to O Globo. At the same time, he began teaching at the College of the City of Rio de Janeiro, where he was involved in editing the monthly newsletter. He hosted a radio news program on BandNews FM, served as an anchor on the news program Jornal da Band, wrote a column for the newspaper O Dia in Rio de Janeiro, and a weekly column in the magazine Isto É.[4][5][6]

Boechat voiced a jaguar newscaster in the Brazilian version of the American animated film Zootopia (Zootropolis). Other versions of Zootopia released in other countries use different newscaster characters.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Boechat was first married to Claudia Costa de Andrade and they had four children. He later married Veruska and they had two children.[8]


Boechat died in a helicopter crash on February 11, 2019, near São Paulo, Brazil.[4][6] Four days later, the Legal Medical Institute published that a politraumatic head injury caused the death of the journalist.[9]


  1. ^ "Esso Award" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "Boechat's Weekly Column in IstoÉ" (in Portuguese). Retrieved January 18, 2012.
  3. ^ Root, Regina A. (2005). The Latin American Fashion Reader. Berg Publishers. p. 189. ISBN 978-1-85973-893-1. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Rodrigues, Artur; Gomes, Paulo. "Jornalista Ricardo Boechat morre em queda de helicóptero em SP". Folha de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  5. ^ Jurgenfeld, Vanessa. "Pelas novas ondas do rádio". Observatório da Imprensa (in Portuguese). Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Ricardo Boechat: Brazil news anchor dies in helicopter crash". BBC News. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  7. ^ Loughrey, Clarisse. "Zootropolis' new anchors change animal depending on what country you're in." The Independent. March 7, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  8. ^ "Jornalista Ricardo Boechat morre em queda de helicóptero em SP". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). February 11, 2019. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  9. ^ "Laudo do IMl revela a causa da morte de Boechat" (in Portuguese). Yahoo Notícias. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 15, 2019.