New Year, New York, new new new


Hey folks,

Been a while since I checked in, so I thought I’d let anybody who reads this know that I’m now living in New York and working as the Senior Producer for Latino USA on NPR.  It’s the third show I’ve been part of while it was in the middle of a launch/relaunch phase, and it’s very exciting if a little nerve-wracking to be at the helm. I’m also considering questions about myself, my identity, and my responsibilities as a journalist that I simply hadn’t had time for in a while.

What does it mean to be a Latino journalist? How does it mean I am, by default, the advocate for a minority population? Does it mean that I’ve assumed a certain amount of responsibility by determining coverage for the longest running radio show for Latinos? If so, is a weekly newsmagazine program really enough to cover each and every issue encountered by the Latino community?

There’s a lot of insecurity to deal with here. I think I speak Spanish pretty well, but I’m by no means fluent. While this shouldn’t negate my identity it does mean that I’m in a very particular position: my family doesn’t have a recent immigrant background. I’m not familiar with a lot of the Dominican and Puerto Rican slang of many of my new New York neighbors (is it maní or cacahuate? Conchas or pan dulce?). Can I adequately represent a demographic group living predominantly in the Southwest and California while being from Washington, D.C. and New York City? These are just a few of the things I’m obsessing over as I figure out my new role.

I can say that I’ve had a great time working up to this job, and there’s a phenomenal, dedicated staff behind Maria Hinojosa, who is a lot of fun to work with as well as very sharp and maybe the most sensitive interviewer I’ve ever met. Here are a few of my favorite pieces since I’ve joined the team:

Los Hermanos Lovo


I recently helped with this report from PRI’s The World by acting as a translator for musician Trini Lovo. There’s a large Salvadoran population in the D.C. area and it was fun to learn from Trini about chanchona music. It’s kind of a variation on cumbia (which originated in Colombia). Below, you can hear a sample of Trini’s band, Los Hermanos Lovo. They’re featured on a Smithsonian Folkways recording if you want to buy the whole album.

Meeting more cool people


Jane Fonda/Muhammad Yunus at WAMU

Lately as part of my freelance work I’ve been answering phones at WAMU-FM. This is the place where The Diane Rehm Show and The Kojo Nnamdi Show are produced. A while back, Diane wrapped up an interveiw with actress/activist Jane Fonda just before Kojo headed in to talk with Grameen Bank founder and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. Needless to say, I had to take a snapshot while I was in the same room with them both.I think Jane’s with Muhammad’s assistant, though that might be wrong.

To hear the Diane Rehm interview with Jane Fonda, click here. For Kojo’s chat with Muhammad Yunus, click here.

Met Chef José!


Me & The Chef

I had a great day today meeting the country’s greatest chef. Click here to visit Chef Andrés’ favorite hunger-fighting charity, D.C. Central Kitchen.


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