de la Torre to Cover Issues of Race, Culture, and Diversity
HARTFORD, Conn. (January 11, 2018) – WNPR is thrilled to formally announce that reporter Vanessa de la Torre has joined the newsroom to be part of a nationwide team covering issues and people at the intersection of race, culture, and diversity.
She joins other reporters based at member stations in St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, as well as in Portland, Oregon. The effort is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is a collaboration with NPR.
“I believe in the power of journalism and so does WNPR,” de la Torre said. “I’m proud to work for a news organization that is pushing itself to reach deeper into the community and tell stories with insight and surprises.”
De la Torre comes to public radio after more than a decade as a newspaper reporter at the Hartford Courant, where she covered everything from zoning battles and breaking news to mayoral races and educational disparities. In recent years, her storytelling and investigative work was recognized regionally and by the national Education Writers Association.
She has also written for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida and interned at the Washington Post and the Imperial Valley Press in El Centro, California, her hometown near the U.S.-Mexico border. De la Torre is a graduate of Princeton University and the master’s program in journalism at Stanford University.
“Vanessa is a reporter’s reporter — one of the state’s most talented journalists who’s known for her tough questions, her insightful writing, and her probing stories,” Jeff Cohen, WNPR’s News Director, said. “I can’t wait to learn from her, and we’re honored to have her join us as we work to report and tell the stories that matter most to our growing audience.”
De la Torre comes to the newsroom as WNPR continues its effort to work collaboratively with partners around the country. WNPR is home to John Dankosky, Executive Editor of the New England News Collaborative. It also has local reporters who work in national journalism collaborations with NPR on healthcare and criminal justice.
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