Kalilah Enríquez (born February 11, 1983) is a Belizean journalist and poet. She currently resides in Kingston, Jamaica, where she is the news anchor for CEEN Caribbean News.
As a Journalist
From 2010 to 2011, she worked as a broadcast journalist at CVM TV in Jamaica, where she became known for the infamous “duppy story” about a Spanish Town boy seemingly haunted by a ghost, as well as her coverage of the Jamaican security forces incursion into Tivoli Gardens in search of reputed drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke.
In February 2012, CVM TV aired a documentary produced by Enriquez, entitled “Man a Gallis: Jamaican Dancehall and HIV/AIDS”, which received critical acclaim. The documentary was also aired onChannel 7 in Belize. It was funded with a grant from Caribbean Broadcast Media Partners (CBMP) and is distributed by them.
Enriquez has also worked as a video presenter on cable entertainment channel, Hype TV, a producer for Reggae Entertainment Television (RETV), and has also been a guest contributor to the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper.
Before settling in Jamaica, Enriquez was host of KREM Radio’s Wake Up Belize Morning Vibes alongside Evan “Mose” Hyde.
As a Writer
Enriquez is the author of two books, “Unfettered”, an anthology of poetry published in December 2006 and “Shades of Red”, a collection of original poems, short stories and essays published in 2007. She has been a featured reader at the Lik It! Poetry Festival in Belize City, Se Sup’m Poetry in Kingston, and is scheduled to read at the Talking Trees Literary Festival at Treasure Beach, Jamaica in February 2012.
Her Master’s thesis, “Jamaican Cultural Imperialism? Examining Dominance of Jamaican Music and Language on Belizean Radio” is available at the University of the West Indies library.
Enríquez was born in Belize City but, raised and attended school in Belmopan, Belize. After graduating Belmopan Comprehensive High School she attended St. John’s College Junior College in Belize City, then left on scholarship to Fordham University in New York, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Upon returning to Belize she joined KREM Radio as host of the Vibes and KREM’s news editor in 2005. She has on occasion contributed to the Amandala. She later obtained a Master’s Degree in Communications Studies from the University of the West Indies’ Mona campus in Jamaica. In January 2010 she was the organizer of the “Help Haiti Benefit Concert and Telethon”, the biggest show ever in Belize.
Kalilah is the mother of one daughter.