Puerto Rico: Restless & Resilient

On Sept. 20, 2017, the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico was devastated by the most powerful hurricane to hit the island in 85 years, leaving its 3.6 million residents – the vast majority U.S. citizens – without power, without potable water, with severely damaged infrastructure and with little hope for a quick recovery. In March 2018 a team of student reporters from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University traveled to Puerto Rico to assess recovery efforts. They found parts of the island still devastated, but its people determined to rebuild and move forward.

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For this project, student reporters spent two semesters studying the issues involved and spent eight days on the ground reporting from Puerto Rico, where they were led and guided by Cronkite School faculty members.

“Puerto Rico: Restless and Resilient” was made possible by a grant from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Illinois-based nonprofit organization founded by the international photojournalist, author and philanthropist.

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