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