From time to time, we like to introduce members of our staff. Here's someone we'd like you to meet: our new Planning Editor Luis Clemens. Now if that name sounds familiar it should — he has been a frequent guest on the program throughout the presidential campaign year. He had been editing Candidato USA, an online publication that focused on issues of particular concern to Latinos. He is a veteran producer. And not to gloat about stealing him away, that would be wrong, but we're pretty glad to have him with us.
Luis, say hello to the people.
Hola, and thanks to Michel for the introduction. It is odd, but deeply satisfying to move from being an on-air guest to a behind-the-scenes editor. This is a return to my roots in journalism. My first job in news (aside from being a paperboy) was working as an assignment editor at a local television station in Miami. I later took a similar job at CNN in Atlanta. But it wasn't until I was the network's bureau chief in Buenos Aires that I caught the reporting bug. And reporting is what I have done for the last several years. Mostly, I have written about Latino issues. It is very good to be back working as an editor. The only thing I miss about being a correspondent is having a ready excuse to talk to strangers. That may sound weird but working as a reporter gives you carte blanche to constantly talk to new people. ... Soooooooo, drop me a line here on the blog and introduce yourself. Tell me what topics you'd like to hear about. And please mention if there are people you think should be talking to. Talk to me. Please.