May 13, 2013
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NPR AND MEMBER STATION WLRN IN MIAMI JOIN FORCES
TO EXPAND COVERAGE OF LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

NPR CORRESPONDENT LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO
NOW BASED IN SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL;
VETERAN FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT TIM PADGETT
JOINS WLRN TO COVER THE AMERICAS FROM MIAMI

NPR News and member station WLRN in Miami have announced a joint effort to expand coverage of Latin America and the Caribbean with the opening of an NPR bureau in Brazil and the creation of a WLRN Americas correspondent based in Miami. In addition, WLRN has expanded its existing partnership with The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald to include coordinated coverage of the region. The moves, combined with NPR's Mexico City bureau, mark a commitment by NPR and WLRN to deepen their news reporting from this increasingly important part of the world. With the expansion, Lourdes Garcia-Navarro takes on a new role as NPR's South America correspondent based in São Paulo; Tim Padgett, former Latin America bureau chief for TIME magazine, joins WLRN.

The NPR and WLRN collaboration allows the organizations to bring audiences more stories of both regional and national interest. The WLRN-Miami Herald partnership 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.

"We're thrilled to be back in South America. Brazil's growing global significance makes that country the perfect base for us," said NPR Senior Vice President 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 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."

Garcia-Navarro was previously based in NPR'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.

Tim Padgett joins WLRN after 23 years covering Latin America for TIME and Newsweek magazines, reporting on the hemisphere from Tallahassee to Tierra del Fuego. He has chronicled Mexico's democratization and drug war as well as the rise of Latin American leaders like Brazil's Luiz Ignácio Lula da Silva and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. In 2005, Padgett won a Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University, the oldest international prize in journalism, for his sustained and distinguished body of work contributing to Inter-American understanding.

WLRN Public Media is South Florida's only NPR News station, and provides news and information to a weekly audience on air and online of more than 500,000 from Palm Beach to Key West. WLRN's nationally renowned news team has earned more than 150 local, state and national awards. Since 2003, WLRN and The Miami Herald have been news partners, sharing a single newsroom, the only such arrangement in the country.

NPR has long been dedicated to international news coverage that brings listeners dynamic stories of the world's people, politics, economy and cultures. Under the leadership of Senior International Editor Edith Chapin, NPR's International Desk provides robust reporting from correspondents based in 17 bureaus around the world. In the past decade, NPR bucked trends by dramatically expanding its international coverage; this work is consistently recognized for excellence and has received every major award in journalism.