NPR News, WLRN Increase Latin American And Caribbean Coverage
May 13, 2013 at 5:21 AM (PT)
NPR NEWS has opened a BRAZIL bureau in SAO PAOLO with LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO moving from the JERUSALEM Bureau to serve as SOUTH AMERICA correspondent, and MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS noncommercial News-Talk WLRN-F/MIAMI has added former TIME Magazine LATIN AMERICA Bureau Chief TIM PADGETT as "WLRN AMERICAS Correspondent" based in MIAMI. The moves, including expansion of WLRN's partnership with THE MIAMI HERALD and EL NUEVO HERALD, are part of NPR and WLRN's expansion of coverage in LATIN AMERICA and the CARIBBEAN.
“We’re thrilled to be back in SOUTH AMERICA. BRAZIL’s growing global significance makes that country the perfect base for us,” said NPR SVP of News MARGARET LOW SMITH. “With that country’s rich culture, environmental wealth, vast agricultural output and massive oil reserves, there will be no shortage of important and fascinating stories to tell."
"With MIAMI being the gateway to LATIN AMERICA and the CARIBBEAN, and the growing influence of Hispanics in the U.S., this is a natural collaboration for WLRN," said WLRN GM JOHN LABONIA. "From Brazilians buying up real estate to Haitian earthquake survivors in our schools, what happens in LATIN AMERICA and the CARIBBEAN has a profound effect on SOUTH FLORIDA, and it's our mission to cover that."