Blackout in Puerto Rico

Blackout in Puerto Rico

Thursday, April 12th, 2018 


A production in partnership with FRONTLINE, NPR and the Investigative Reporting Workshop.

FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the humanitarian and economic crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, examining how the federal response, Wall Street and years of neglect have left the island struggling to survive.

This new co-production with the Investigative Reporting Workshop will be broadcast on PBS stations around the country on Tuesday, May 1, with additional stories online and on-air on NPR.

Producers Rick Young, Emma Schwartz and Fritz Kramer are joined by correspondent Laura Sullivan. The first IRW-FRONTLINE post-graduate fellow, Kate McCormick, helped to research and report the story.

Additional coverage aired on All Things Considered: Laura Sullivan looks at the problems on Puerto Rico before Hurricane Maria's devastation in the first of a two-part program.

And she examines a trove of internal government documents that reveal a federal relief agency in chaos as millions struggled without power.

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