Co-Director, Center for Investigative Journalism
Omaya Sosa Pascual is an investigative journalist and new media entrepreneur with 20 years of experience. She is the founding co-director of Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism and co-founder of NotiCel.com, a digital news outlet.Omaya has worked in print, radio, television and online journalism, and was staff reporter of El Nuevo Día, the biggest daily newspaper in Puerto Rico, for 12 years. Her articles have been published by Puerto Rican and international newspapers including Metro, The New York Times, The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, El Tiempo in Colombia, Listín Diario, El Caribe, Acento and Diario Libre in Dominican Republic, La Nación in Argentina, and La Prensa in Guatemala, among others. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards from journalism organizations such as Puerto Rico's Journalists Association, the Overseas Press Club, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the Gabriel García Márquez Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI). She was President of Puerto Rico's Overseas Press Club and Vice President of Puerto Rico's Journalists Association. Her series about transformation in Cuba after the ascent of Raúl Castro to the presidency was published as part of FNPI's compilation "The Best of Latin American Journalism II."
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Covering disasters -- whether natural or human-caused -- takes a special set of skills. Investigative journalists today are using a combination of tech-savvy approaches with time-tested methods of on-the-ground reporting. They are also learning to better deal with the tragedy and trauma around them. Here are veteran journalists who have experienced very different disasters -- hurricanes, collapsed dams, earthquakes -- and learned how to both dig and cope under pressure.
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