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Loving Puerto Rico From Near And Far: Meet Anabel Rosa

Anabel Rosa
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The relationship between the United States and its territory of Puerto Rico is complicated — and Anabel Rosa is stuck right in the middle of it. When she was a girl growing up in Puerto Rico, she dreamed of living in the mainland U.S. As a teenager, she gave up her quinceañera for a trip to New York City.

When she finally moved to the mainland for college, she ended up staying for about two decades. But her roots on the island drew her back, and this time, she brought her family down with her.

She loved all of the time she got to spend with her family. But it was very hard to live on the island, especially as the territory’s economic circumstances deteriorated. After six years, she made the tough decision to leave once again.

Today Rosa calls North Carolina home. She is an attorney with the law firm James Scott Farrin. She is also chair of the Durham Mayor’s Hispanic/Latino Committee and a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs.

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.