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Estelas de María: Photo Exhibition

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La Galeria

85 W Newton Street

Boston, MA 02118

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Last September, Puerto Rico was devastated by two hurricanes just two weeks apart: first Irma, then María. The cleanup began immediately, and soon individuals and organizations across the mainland United States were rallying to send aid to the island.

WBUR reporter Simón Rios began reporting on these efforts in Massachusetts, and he and photographer Jesse Costa decided to travel to the island to look at how local fundraising efforts were affecting people in Puerto Rico. Their work details not only the destruction of Puerto Rico, but also the reconstruction that began in the immediate wake of Hurricane Maria. That reconstruction is expected to continue for years to come.

Joining WBUR is Boston Globe photographer Jessica Rinaldi. Rinaldi traveled to Puerto Rico on a reporting trip in the days after the storm.

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Jesse Costa has been the multimedia producer for WBUR since 2007. He is a visual storyteller focusing on a wide array of topics and issues concerning healthcare, immigration, the environment, the arts and education. Among the many news outlets where his work has been featured include; The Associated Press, The Boston Globe and The Photo District News. His work has won numerous awards, most recently an Edward R. Murrow award for "Excellence in Video" for Reasonable Doubts: Reopening The Darrell 'Diamond' Jones Case - The Trial in 2017.

Simón Rios is a bilingual radio reporter at WBUR, Boston’s NPR News station. He worked as a musician, carpenter’s helper, cab driver and freelance reporter before taking a reporter position at the New Bedford Standard-Times in 2013, and joining WBUR in 2015. Rios has won multiple awards for his print and radio reporting, he plays classical guitar, and speaks Spanish in addition to working Portuguese. He is a native of Boston and a proud Uruguayan-American.

Jessica Rinaldi is a staff photographer for The Boston Globe. In 2016 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for The Life and Times of Strider Wolf and was also named a Pulitzer Finalist in the same category. Prior to joining The Boston Globe she spent ten years as a contract photographer for Reuters based in Boston, Dallas and New York City. She has a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University.

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