Looking for accountability on the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Carla Minet of Centro de Periodismo Investigativo de Puerto Rico; Frances Robles of The New York Times; Mc Nelly Torres of independent journalist; Luis Trelles of Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 14 at 5:00pm
  • Location: Oceans 3
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Almost eight months after Hurricane María hit Puerto Rico, the recovery effort is moving slowly and much remains to be investigated. Many cities in Florida and around the country are also dealing with an influx of Puerto Ricans who left and have not returned home. Journalists covering the crisis in Puerto Rico will share investigative strategies and techniques as well as issues they faced while covering the crisis that followed the massive storm including health issues, the disputed death count after the hurricane, scandals with the subcontractors hired to repair the electrical grid, and the government lack of transparency. Panelists will also talk about where to look for data stories and provide journalists the tools they need to investigate after a natural disaster.

This panel was planned in coordination with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Speaker Bios

  • Carla Minet has been an independent journalist for publications such as 80 degrees, the Center for Investigative Journalism, mayaguezsabeamango.com and Diálogo. She was the executive director of the Community Press Organization. She has worked as a researcher, editor and content producer content for radio, television and internet, on Channel 6, Radio Universidad, El Nuevo Día, Primera Hora, Univisión and Noticel. She studied at the School of Public Communication of the University of Puerto Rico, University of Barcelona and the University of Columbia, in New York. 

  • Frances Robles is a Florida-based national and foreign correspondent for the New York Times.  She covers breaking news and files investigative reports out of Florida, Puerto Rico, and Central America. She won a George Polk award for justice reporting for uncovering wrongful convictions that resulted in more than a dozen homicide convictions being overturned. She led the Times' Hurricane Maria coverage. @francesrobles

  • Mc Nelly Torres is an independent award-winning journalist based in South Florida. As a freelance journalist, she has done work for Bloomberg and the Center for Investigative Journalism of P.R. In 2010, Torres co-founded FCIR.org. Her work at the Sun-Sentinel won state, regional and national awards. She covered education for the San Antonio Express-News where her work contributed to the conviction of a school building architect. In South Carolina, she garnered local and state awards for her investigative work on the state's hog farm permit process. Torres served on IRE’s Board from 2008-2014. @WatchdogDiva

  • Reporter and producer with Radio Ambulante, a podcast distributed by NPR that tells the stories of Latin America and Latino communities in the United States.  Luis reports in Spanish and English on his native Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, as well as the stateside Caribbean diaspora.  He is also a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism in Brandeis University.

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