KPCC’s new immigration blog is part of a local station partnership with NPR

Today NPR announced a partnership with 12 local public radio stations, including 89.3 KPCC, establishing in-depth news sites focusing on subjects of significant regional and national interest.

This partnership establishes a dozen local bureaus focusing on topics such as global health care from Seattle, higher education from Minnesota, the environment from Oregon, and courts and communities from San Francisco. Public radio stations in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Diego, Wyoming, and Washington, DC are also involved in the project. KPCC’s role in the partnership is to provide coverage of immigration and emerging communities from Los Angeles.

The central feature of KPCC’s new coverage of immigration will be a blog written and hosted by Leslie Berestein Rojas, a journalist with deep experience in the subject.

Ms. Berestein Rojas’ daily blog is called Multi-American. It will include reporting and coverage of immigration and cultural fusion in Southern California, as well as a daily digest and links to stories of related interest. The blog has already launched and is attracting a growing number of regular readers. In addition to the blog, Ms. Berestein Rojas will be an important source for KPCC’s news department and a regular guest on KPCC’s talk shows.

Leslie Berestein Rojas is a native of Cuba and was raised in Los Angeles. She comes to KPCC from the San Diego Union-Tribune, where she covered immigration issues from the US-Mexico border. She followed legal and illegal immigrants coming to the US and investigated immigrant smugglers and detention contractors. She told stories about the new American families resulting from immigration, and stories about the families left behind.

In addition to her work in San Diego, Ms. Berestein Rojas has reported from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. She has written for the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, Time, People and People en Español. At KPCC her coverage of immigration will, of course, focus extensively on immigration from Mexico and the Americas, but will also include coverage of immigration from the Pacific, Asia, the Middle East, and throughout the world.

You can find Multi-American on KPCC’s web site at http://multiamerican.scpr.org/.

About 89.3 KPCC, www.KPCC.org and Southern California Public Radio

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public media organization operating three FM radio stations in Southern California: Flagship station 89.3 KPCC, Pasadena covers Los Angeles and Orange Counties; 89.1 KUOR, Redlands serves the Inland Empire; and 90.3 KPCV, Coachella covers Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley.

KPCC and www.KPCC.org are rapidly growing sources of news to Southern Californians, reaching more than 650,000 people each week. In the last ten years, KPCC’s news department, daily programs and online services have won 250 major journalistic awards. In addition to regular reporting on a wide range of subjects, KPCC produces three daily news and talk programs: AirTalk with Larry Mantle, Patt Morrison and the forthcoming Madeleine Brand Show. John Rabe hosts a weekly program called Off-Ramp, a distinctive and personal look at life in Southern California.

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