I'm a bilingual, award-winning journalist and a multiplatform whiz, reporting on the Latino experience in the Philadelphia region. I explore the transnational relationship between diasporic communities and Latinos born in the U.S., and the effects of health, environment, religion, culture, politics, education and finance.

Latest Stories

The Philly Puerto Rican experience will be featured in online exhibit

The grant-based research project between Taller Puertorriqueño and Historical Society of Pennsylvania will document Latinos living in Philadelphia.

Wikipedia ‘Edit-a-Thon’ translates Spanish entries on Latin artists

Raquel Salas Rivera, the 2018-2019 poet laureate of Philadelphia, helped participants create new English entries from Spanish ones, while retaining the Spanish-language nuances, context and writing styles.

These women of color tackle lactation disparities one belly bump at a time

Breastfeeding Latinas is a five-year-old Philadelphia project that educates expecting mothers before they are in labor, and empowers women of color to become breast-feeding specialists themselves.

Learning the language of survival: English lessons through civic engagement at the Free Library

The class at the Lillian Marrero branch teaches language crucial to everyday life: How to read a utility bill, shop for groceries, or describe an ailment to a doctor.

A royal Valentine’s Day service at the Norris Square Senior Center

María Pacheco, voted queen by the center’s regulars, said this seemed like a “divine calling.”

Meet Grupo Moriviví: a support group for the Latino cancer community

“There are women who don’t have health insurance, who recently came to Philadelphia, that don’t know English, that don’t know how to use public transportation, and we go where they are to teach them how to make it to the city."

Why it matters that Philly's Latin dance studios keep closing

At least four Latin dance studios in the last five years have closed or relocated in a city that touts itself as a culture rich salsa town, but that some say doesn’t offer enough resources for these institutions to thrive.

Philly and Panama will have health-care and training exchange

The exchange will focus on the areas of neurology, ophthalmology, cardiology and telemedicine.

Philly Venezuelans gather at Sister Cities Park to remember fallen leaders

Local Venezuelans protest Nicolas Maduro's regime and honored fallen leaders of the opposition.

Rutgers makes a push for competent Spanish-speaking health professionals in Camden

In a city with about 30,000 Spanish speakers, Camden offers a laboratory for Rutgers University’s Spanish for Health Professions.