The Radio Bilingüe (RB) Latino Public Radio Network is the leading producer of Latino-oriented and Spanish-language news and cultural programming in public radio nationally. We’ve been on the air since 1980. Our main national news platforms are 1) Línea Abierta (Open Line), the first and only live Spanish news and information program broadcast each weekday featuring top headlines, newsmakers and analysis, 2) Edición Semanaria (Weekend Edition), the only Spanish weekly news and feature public radio magazine, and 3) the website radiobilingue.org. These platforms feature reports and voices from Latino communities across the nation broadcast on our own 24 noncommercial radio stations in California, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, and 65 affiliate stations across the U.S.
Location: Fresno, California
Beat: San Joaquin Valley Latino community
The San Joaquin Valley is often called the Appalachia of the West due to its severe poverty, low health outcomes for the working poor and environmental degradation by the agriculture and fossil fuel industries. Many Valley towns and cities are majority Latino, and this reporter covers urgent issues in the Valley for Spanish speakers. The journalist also amplifies nationally the Valley’s universal low-income community concerns, such as the fight for access to clean water and air in many contaminated towns, as well as the impact of the administration’s new Public Charge rule, which requires the immigrant working poor to choose between essential public services for their families and losing their permanent residency and right to work.