Luis Trelles is a producer for Radio Ambulante, a podcast distributed by NPR which tells the stories of Latin America and Latino communities in the United States. His work has appeared on WNYC’s “Radiolab,” and NPR’s “Planet Money” and “All Things Considered.” Trelles has reported on Cuban immigration, the ethnic tensions between Haitians and Dominicans in the Dominican Republic, and the causes for Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. Last year he covered the emergency efforts in the U.S. commonwealth after Hurricane Maria. Trelles also teaches at the journalism school of the City University of New York, where he mentors emerging Latino journalists through its bilingual program. He has received various journalism and radio awards in his native Puerto Rico, and was a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. Trelles has a degree in philosophy from the University of Puerto Rico and a master of fine arts in filmmaking from the Columbia University School of the Arts.
In this conversation with Will, Luis talked about his experiences as an investigative journalist living in Puerto Rico and spoke about the past, present, and future challenges for the territory.