Making her mother proud


This is one in a series of videos about the hopes and dreams of Cuba’s 1.5 million 20-somethings. The video is part of a multimedia project called “Cuban Youth: A New Dawn?” The project was made possible by the non-profit Pulitzer Center in Washington, D.C. This video features an interview with Natalie Baez, 21, a

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Dissent among dissidents


I produced this story and video for NBC News’ website. It was published on Sept. 18 and is reproduced here. (See original story). In Cuba, Democracy Activists and Dissidents Hope to Meet with Pope Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in Cuba on Saturday to celebrate Mass in Havana and two other cities. Democracy activists

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The Cuban Criminal Pipeline


In 2014 and 2015, I assisted a Pulitzer Prize-winning team that produced an investigative project called “Plundering America: The Cuban Criminal Pipeline.” The South Florida Sun Sentinel published the three-part series in January 2015 after a year-long investigation. It found that the U.S. government’s preferential treatment of Cuban immigrants “fueled a criminal pipeline from Cuba

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Cuban 20-somethings brace for change


I wrote this piece for USA Today. It was published on Sept. 5. (See original version). HAVANA — Natalie Baez tidies up the souvenir shop, dusting off wooden statuettes and straightening T-shirts as several Europeans glance inside. “Have a look around,” says Baez, 21, waving them in. But the tourists don’t bite. Five hours into

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