Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Live from Havana

Lester Holt broadcasts from Havana. Photo: Kim Cornett
I joined the NBC Nightly News crew in Havana during coverage of the Aug. 14 opening of the U.S. embassy.
My duties ranged from helping with story ideas and setting up interviews to translating and, yes, holding the umbrella to make sure NBC correspondent Gabe Gutierrez didn't get his jacket wet.
It was fun working behind the scenes. Thanks to Lester Holt, Mary Murray, Kim Cornett, Krista Brunson, Sandra Lilley, Kevin Bond, Joe Hoerdemann and many others who made me feel welcome.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Red, white and blue

American flag at the U.S. embassy
Cuba's Foreign Ministry flew both the Cuban and American flags on Aug. 14 when Secretary John Kerry stopped by to visit Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez.

U.S. flag at Cuba's Foreign Ministry
Cuban official Pablo Díaz talks to NBC's Lester Holt

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Cubans looking to the future

Today is the 62nd anniversary of the assault on the Moncada barracks, which marked the start of the Cuban revolution.
I didn't see many Cubans celebrating today - it was the most subdued July 26 I've seen in Havana. But many people are talking about the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with the United States and what it means for the future of Cuba.
I shot this photo today of the former Interests Section and now U.S. Embassy, located along the famed Malecón. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to attend the flag-raising ceremony on Aug. 14.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

From regime change to empowerment

From Progressive Weekly:
...the President and most of his most vocal supporters in the Senate avoid the phrase "regime change," but strongly imply that the concept should remain as the key U.S. policy goal.