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WLRN, Herald to expand Latin America coverage


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The Miami Herald’s news partners at WLRN-Miami Herald News are working with NPR News to open a bureau in Brazil and add an Americas correspondent in Miami.

That team will work with The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald’s Latin American and Caribbean staff to produce broader coverage of the region for WLRN listeners, Miami Herald readers and users of, and

NPR News and WLRN on Monday are announcing the reopening of the NPR bureau in Brazil, staffed by NPR reporter Lourdes Garcia-Navarro. In addition, WLRN has hired former Time magazine Latin America correspondent Tim Padgett to cover the region out of Miami.

Together, WLRN, The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald plan to leverage the additional resources for broader coverage of the hemisphere. The WLRN-Miami Herald partnership now will include seven reporters and three editors dedicated to coverage of Latin America and the Caribbean, one of the largest news teams currently covering the region.

With this partnership, WLRN will collaborate with The Herald’s Latin America columnist Andres Oppenheimer and its three Latin America/Caribbean correspondents: Jim Wyss, based in Colombia; Caribbean correspondent Jacqueline Charles; and Mimi Whitefield, who covers Cuba and international business.

He will also work with El Nuevo Herald staffers Juan Tamayo, who covers Cuba, and Anthonio Delgado, who covers Venezuela.

“Given The Herald’s decades-long commitment to this region, we’re delighted to have this opportunity to work with WLRN in a new way,” said Miami Herald Executive Editor Aminda Marques González.

“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 General Manager 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.”

Padgett joins WLRN after 23 years of covering Latin America for Time and Newsweek magazines, reporting on the hemisphere from Tallahassee to Tierra del Fuego. He chronicled Mexico’s democratization and drug war as well as the rise of Latin leaders like Brazil’s Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez. In 2005, he won Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize for his work contributing to inter-American understanding.

NPR’s Garcia-Navarro was previously based in the network’s Jerusalem bureau. She was one of the first reporters to enter Libya after the 2011 uprising began. Her portraits of a country at war were recognized with Peabody, Murrow and Gracie awards. She has also served as NPR’s Baghdad bureau chief and Mexico City correspondent.

“We’re thrilled to be back in South America. Brazil’s growing global significance makes that country the perfect base for us,” said Margaret Low Smith, NPR’s senior vice president of news. “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.”

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