Alana Casanova-Burgess

Alana Casanova-Burgess is a producer for On The Media.

Alana Casanova-Burgess has been a producer for On The Media since 2015 and owns two hats crocheted by Brooke Gladstone. At OTM, she gets to satisfy her curiosity with segments about How The Environment Got Political and why Puerto Ricans are using the word "colony" more these days.

Alana was previously with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, the best local news talk show in the land, where she produced live radio about everything from police-community relations to art and neuroscience (plus some other stuff like a public radio national election network). In 2017, she spent a month reporting on the ground in Puerto Rico for the WNYC newsroom, culminating in a special episode on Hurricane Maria recovery for OTM. She was part of the team that produced the award-winning hour on the U.S. Supreme Court, and her work has also been recognized by the ONA, PRNDI, and the Council on Contemporary Families. She is a bilingual native New Yorker with roots in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Alana Casanova-Burgess appears in the following:

Months Later, Puerto Rico Still Struggling

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Republican tax bill could make the recovery on the island even more challenging.

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Puerto Rico's Struggle for Recovery

Monday, December 18, 2017

Alana Casanova-Burgess, producer for On The Media, talks about her recent reporting from Puerto Rico as the island struggles to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

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Reporter's Notebook: Puerto Rico's Paradox

Friday, December 15, 2017

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What Hurricane Maria revealed about Puerto Rico — to those who live there, and the rest of us. 

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What Maria Revealed

Friday, December 15, 2017

After Hurricane Maria stripped away Puerto Rico's lush vegetation, residents suddenly saw what had been previously hidden — from unknown neighbors to long-standing political concerns.

Dark Humor After Maria

Friday, December 15, 2017

Sharing a disaster creates a special kind of humor. But as they say, you had to be there. 

The Puerto Rican Showcase

Friday, December 15, 2017

Crippled by climate change and facing epidemic poverty and inequality, Puerto Rico can seem like a model of the many weaknesses in our society. Can it also show us a way forward?

Puerto Rico "Se Levanta," Maybe

Friday, December 15, 2017

As the government grossly underestimates Hurricane Maria's damage, journalists in Puerto Rico work overtime to track the real recovery process.

Puerto Rico's Fiscal Board Is Taking Advice

Friday, December 01, 2017

The board in charge of Puerto Rico's financial future is coming to New York to hear ideas on rebuilding after Hurricane Maria, amid huge debt and population loss. 

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Puerto Rico Update

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The latest news from Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico Puts Federal Agency in Charge of Recovery Spending

Monday, November 27, 2017

New Yorker and FEMA administrator Mike Byrne is stepping into an oversight role for Puerto Rico. He says residents should start home repairs but "keep receipts."

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In Puerto Rico, A Mental Health Crisis After Hurricane Maria

Monday, November 27, 2017

The chaos that has come in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria has not only taken a toll on Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, but also on the physical and mental health of its residents.

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Stakes Are High for Solar Power as Puerto Rico Rebuilds

Monday, November 27, 2017

Solar power enthusiasts see Puerto Rico as an opportunity to showcase renewable energy. But there are serious doubts about whether an overhaul will benefit those who need it most.  

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Waiting for FEMA in a Tent

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thirty-eight days ago, a FEMA representative said someone would come to assess the damage to Roberto Diaz's destroyed home. He's still waiting in a tent so he doesn't miss the visit. 

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'Not Fine': How a New Jersey Family Is Tracking Relatives in Puerto Rico

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Carratini family in Coamo, Puerto Rico, is still waiting for help from FEMA and for electricity. In New Jersey, their relatives are worried.

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NY Doctors Bring Care, Food and Music to Inland Puerto Rico

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A team of doctors from the SOMOS Healthcare group returned to two clinics that opened after the hurricane, and they're seeing the mental toll the storm has taken on people.

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Reading By Candlelight, Boiling Water: Puerto Rico Struggles to Recover

Thursday, November 16, 2017

As Hurricane Maria fades from the news, most Puerto Ricans are still living without power.

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Reporter's Notebook: Unknowns Weigh Heavily As Puerto Rico Rebuilds

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WNYC's Alana Casanova-Burgess is in Puerto Rico, reporting on the Hurricane Maria recovery. She shares her view of things on the ground.

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In Puerto Rico, New York Council Members Press for More Federal Support

Monday, November 13, 2017

Leading a delegation of her peers to the storm-ravaged island, the City Council speaker says they all should pressure the U.S. government to do a better job with the recovery effort.

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Website Gives Misleading Numbers On Puerto Rico Recovery (en Español)

Friday, November 10, 2017

WNYC spoke to Puerto Rican government officials to clear up some of the confusing information on the status.pr website. (Artículo también en Español)

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Puerto Rico, An Island In Search Of Itself

Friday, June 16, 2017

Puerto Ricans once recoiled from the word "colony". But as the island searches for new ways to define itself, the term seems more appropriate and popular than ever before.