Featured Speaker: Sandra D. Rodríguez Cotto
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Talk and Reception: International Center, 427 North Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824
Humanitarian Crisis in Puerto Rico: Roles and Responsibilities of Journalists and Scholars
Sandra D. Rodríguez Cotto
Journalist, newspaper NotiCel
Radio Show Host, Puerto Rico Information Network
Analyst, WPAB Ponce
Sandra D. Rodríguez Cotto is a journalist with decades of experience in Puerto Rico, the United States, and several Latin American countries. She works as a news and policy analyst, radio commentator, television producer, columnist, and blogger.
She conducts her syndicated radio program on a series of regional stations that make up the Puerto Rico Information Network, is an analyst at radio station WPAB Ponce, and publishes a weekly column in the cyber newspaper NotiCel. She is also a contributor to several media outlets in the U.S. (El Diario La Prensa, All Digitocracy, Huffington Post, USA Today, Politico Magazine) and the Public Relations Portal of Latin America, based in Argentina.
She has authored several books on communication and journalism, most recently Bitácora de una Transmisión Radial (Log of a Radio Transmission; Trabalis Editores, 2018), chronicled during the passage of Hurricane Maria.
She received the Bolívar Pagán National Literature and Journalism Award, granted by the Institute of Puerto Rican Literature, for her opinion columns published in NotiCel and in her book En Blanco y Negro con Sandra (In Black and White with Sandra, 2016).
She is a founding member of the Autonomous Movement of the Deaf and collaborates with the March of the Deaf, San Gabriel College, and others. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Community Foundation and of the Association of Parents of Children with Disabilities. She is the proud mother of a special 16-year-old girl.
Cotto is pursuing graduate studies at both the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Barcelona. She holds a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University.