"The Island Next Door" Documentary

One year after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, Connecticut Public presents a documentary featuring people of Puerto Rico and Connecticut, and the stories of how their lives have been changed by the storm. Stream on demand here, at CPTV.org or CPTV Passport

About This Project

Hurricane Maria tore through the island of Puerto Rico in September 2017 – taking out power lines, destroying homes, disrupting industries, raking the island’s forests, and displacing families.

Since then, Connecticut Public Radio’s reporters have covered the aftermath of the storm both from the mainland and from the island’s streets and mountains because – with 300,000 state residents who claim island roots – Hurricane Maria is a local story.

Stories

State Aiding Puerto Rican Evacuees Displaced By Earthquakes The state is setting aside money for Puerto Ricans arriving in Connecticut after being displaced from the island by natural disasters.
Connecticut Officials Eager To Boost Puerto Rican Recovery The impact of the recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico is now being felt in Connecticut -- at least when it comes to helping those who had to leave the island.
Connecticut Schools Preparing For Puerto Rican Earthquake Survivors Connecticut’s Department of Education said it’s ready to help school districts take in Puerto Rican students evacuated from the island because of recent earthquakes.
Relief Effort Underway In Puerto Rico After Series Of Earthquakes President Donald Trump has signed an emergency declaration so that Puerto Rico can receive federal help after a series of earthquakes devastated parts of the island. That gives the U.S. government’s Federal Emergency Management Agency the OK to move onto ...
Two Years After Hurricane Maria: UConn Team Examines Response To Influx Of Puerto Rican Evacuees Two years after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, the response to the crisis on the U.S. mainland is only now coming into focus.
Nearly Two Years After Hurricane Maria, Lawmakers Still Fighting For Puerto Rico U.S. congressional representatives marked the upcoming two-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria by observing a day of action for Puerto Rico Wednesday in Washington D.C.

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Videos

On The Island

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On The Mainland

Photos

About This Project

The Island Next Door is a reporting project that came out of the recognition that Hurricane Maria was a distant storm with a local impact.

Begun in the WNPR newsroom, this project aims to tell the stories that link New England and Puerto Rico — finding the people, places, successes and challenges on the island and the mainland today.

The Island Next Door has been honored with several national, regional and local awards including:

  • 2018 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Video
  • 2018 PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) 2nd place for National Edited Continuing Coverage
  • 2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage
  • 2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Video
  • 2018 New England Emmy for Outstanding Video Journalist
  • 1st place Connecticut Society for Professional Journalists award for feature photo
  • 2nd place Connecticut Society for Professional Journalists awards for video essay and continuing coverage.
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