It was a big story. Even bigger in South Florida. They don’t call it Little Havana for nothing.
As a Miami-based freelancer I knew that all of the local TV stations would want more than what the networks would offer. They wanted stories catered to their market. And because of their connection to South Florida and el exilio, I knew Cuba wouldn’t let most – maybe not any – send one of their own in.
I had been to Cuba a dozen times as a reporter. I covered Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to the island for Fox News. Most recently, I supervised the South Florida Sun Sentinel/Tribune Company’s Havana bureau.
I sent an email immediately: “How would you like to be the first local station to get your own stories out of Havana?”
I got the job the same day. Read more