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After Maria, ‘heart-wrenching’ all-formats coverage

, by Lauren Easton

More than a week after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, AP journalists on the ground continue to tell the stories of people who are struggling with the overwhelming devastation.

Reporter Danica Coto, based in San Juan, has been covering the hurricane since before it made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sept. 20. In the days since, she has been joined on the island by AP reporters, photographers and video journalists as they document the widespread destruction and the recovery efforts underway.

Neighbors sit on a couch outside their destroyed homes as the sun sets in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

“Great journalism shines a spotlight on events of real significance and makes the world take notice and act. That’s what the AP team in Puerto Rico is doing through their heart-wrenching words and images,” said Paul Haven, news director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

A man bails water from a flooded home in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Catano, Puerto Rico, Sept. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Despite logistical challenges, AP has had continuous coverage in all formats before, during and after Maria hit. Journalists have been filing from satellite phones while outside San Juan, and from a press center that’s been set up in the capital.

AP journalists in Florida, New York and Washington are also contributing to the coverage.

“With Danica on the ground in San Juan, we’ve been able to cover this story without interruption since before Maria hit,” said David Scott, deputy managing editor for operations. “It speaks to the value of AP’s global footprint, because getting additional staff in Puerto Rico has been a challenge. But we’ve done it, and we’ll keep doing it, because of AP’s commitment to telling this story.”

A sampling of AP’s coverage:

Now even money is running out in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

‘Nothing, nothing.’ Aid lags in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico

Puerto Ricans hunt for precious Wi-Fi and cell signals

Dams failing as scope of Puerto Rico’s disaster becomes clear

Powerless: Puerto Rico faces weeks without electricity

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