The local NBC and Telemundo stations in New York have opened a temporary mobile news bureau in San Juan to produce additional coverage of Puerto Rico’s ongoing rebuilding and recovery efforts, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
San Juan-based freelancer Julio “Gaby” Acevedo will report in English and Spanish for both stations, delivering daily updates for NBC 4 and Telemundo 47, as well as all NBC and Telemundo-owned stations across the country, with his coverage available on the stations’ mobile and digital platforms.
The new bureau launched yesterday and will operate through February, 2018.
The NY stations’ Puerto Rico news coverage also includes televised and on-the-ground reports from NBC 4’s Darlene Rodriguez, Michael Gargiulo, Ray Villeda and Erica Byfield, as well as from Telemundo 47’s Alberto Rullán and Cristina Navarrete.
NBC News has also established a temporary bureau on the island. It rented a space in San Juan and has a full time producer on site helping with logistics and editorial. News teams are going back and forth to the bureau as stories warrant, including Gabe Gutiérrez and Tammy Leitner who have been reporting on this story since the hurricane hit.
Leitner is there this week, with another correspondent heading out there next week.
The hurricane’s impact resulted in long-term challenges for the island’s 3.5 million residents, many of whom have family and close ties to the NY area where more than 1.4 million Americans of Puerto Rican descent live.