The Associated Press has announced that they have expanded their Spanish-speaking staff, and named a new correspondent in Haiti and has moved an Latin America news desk member to the AP bureau in Havana, Cuba.
Formerly of The Miami Herald, Trenton Daniel, 36, is a Creole-speaker, and has written about Haiti since 2000. Sunday, he took his position in Port-au-Prince.
Previously, Peter Orsi, 37, was an editor on AP’s Latin America regional news desk, but will now report to their Havana Chief of Bureau Paul Haven. Orsi is a fluent Spanish-speaker, and prior to this appointment, he was on the Latin America desk in Mexico City since 2005. He will take over for Will Weissert last this month.
Adding to their Spanish-speaking staff, AP has also appointed Claudia Torrens, 32, to cover New York’s immigrant communities, labor issues, and arts and entertainment. Torrens from Barcelona, Spain, and previously worked as an editor-translator for AP.
In Mexico, AP has moved Diego Graglia, 35, from his position as a translator to a deputy sports writer. He has a journalism degree from Columbia, and has been with AP since 2009.
AP has also added, Gabriela Lopez, Rafael Carballo and Jesus Sierra of Mexico, and Santiago Torrado of Colombia as general news editor-translators.
These new appointments have and transfers have all been to increase AP’s Spanish-language coverage of regional news out of Latin America, Hispanics in the U.S., sports, and entertainment.
“Our new editors and translators have ample experience in Latin America and the United States, and we expect they will make a significant contribution to our coverage,” said Alejandro Manrique, the deputy Latin America editor who oversees the Spanish service.
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