"You work twice as hard to make half as much”

Oct 21, 2020
For Puerto Rico’s restaurant industry, COVID-19 is just the latest in a series of challenges.
Chef María Mercedes Grubb and her brother John Mercedes, outside their restaurant Gallo Negro in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Gallo Negro's original location closed in December 2019.
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Puerto Rico wagers on privatizing power grid

Jul 10, 2020
Three years after Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's electric grid, the island is still dealing with unreliable service and intermittent power outages, especially in rural areas.
Solar panels at a hospital in Vieques in 2017. Puerto Rico's electric power system has been plagued by the damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria.
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Puerto Rico struggles to prepare as Dorian gains strength

Aug 26, 2019
Sixty percent of the island's population doesn't have the resources to prepare for the storm, one expert says.
People walk across a flooded street in Juana Matos, Puerto Rico, in September 2017. The U.S. territory faced dangerous flooding and an islandwide power outage following Hurricane Maria.
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U.S. to publish economic data on Puerto Rico for the first time

Mar 5, 2019
On foot of concerns that numbers from Puerto Rico itself could be flawed, the U.S. government is preparing to release gross domestic product data on the U.S. territory for the first time. We took a look at what the adjusted financial data could mean for the island as it continues to recover from Hurricane Maria […]
The U.S. government is going to release gross domestic product data on Puerto Rico for the first time because there's concern that numbers from the U.S.
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For Puerto Ricans, a first step toward debt relief

Nov 7, 2018
A U.S. judge approved a deal to address some of Puerto Rico's massive debt.
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How a chef helped serve 3.6 million meals in Puerto Rico

Sep 13, 2018
“Every time we made contact with a community, we kept going back, and we kept going back, every day without missing a beat,” José Andrés says.
With schools closed or only open for a short time, children across the island were a priority.
Photo courtesy of World Central Kitchen

It’s official: FEMA wasn’t equipped to handle the devastation of Hurricane Maria

Sep 5, 2018
A new report by the Government Accounting Office doesn’t bode well for future disaster relief.
 A flooded street is seen as people deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Sept. 25, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
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For a recovering restaurant in Puerto Rico, sometimes it's just about making it through the day

Aug 29, 2018
An executive chef in San Juan describes life in the food industry post-Hurricane Maria.
An American flag and Puerto Rican flag fly next to each other in Old San Juan in Puerto Rico.
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Puerto Rico looks to private sector after insolvency

Jul 27, 2018
Private companies now manage public airports, water meters and the electric grid.
A view of damaged homes in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the day after Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 21, 2017.
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Puerto Rico seeks greater business role in hurricane planning

Jul 11, 2018
Residents of Puerto Rico are expressing relief that Hurricane Beryl has weakened as it sweeps over the island. But Puerto Rico is still recovering from last year’s hurricanes as more crop up in the Caribbean. One suggestion for how the island should prepare and react to natural disasters? Incorporate the private sector. Click the audio player […]