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Dan Grech is the News Director of the WLRN-Miami Herald News, a multi-platform news service produced by South Florida's NPR station in collaboration with the region's largest newspaper. Dan is in charge of all aspects of WLRN's news operation and oversees an award-winning team of eleven reporters and editors who are based in the Miami Herald newsroom.
Dan is a multi-platform journalist that has done work for national outlets in print, public radio, and public television. He spent five years reporting on Latin America and the Hispanic economy for Marketplace, the public radio business news show. He traveled to half a dozen countries, filed on twenty presidential elections and led Marketplace’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, he won a Green Eyeshade award for his coverage of Venezuela and a Ruben Salazar award for his stories on Central American migration. He was lead reporter in a 12-part series on behavioral finance and neuroeconomics called “Your Mind and Your Money,” airing on Nightly Business Report on PBS. Before transitioning to broadcast, Dan worked at The Miami Herald, as a local reporter, a schools reporter and as a correspondent in Argentina. He contributed to the Herald’s 2001 Pulitzer Prize for breaking-news coverage of the Elián Gonzalez INS raid. He also contributed to a staff-written book on the contested 2000 presidential election.
Dan has taught writing, interviewing and radio at Columbia University School of Journalism, Princeton University, Florida International University and the Florida Center for the Literary Arts. He has spoken at more than a dozen conferences and universities around the country.
In 2003, Dan traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on a Fulbright fellowship and an Inter American Press Association scholarship. There he earned a Masters degree in Spanish-language journalism. In 2012, he earned a second Masters degree, an MFA in creative nonfiction, at Florida International University. He is a 2012 Sulzberger Fellow at Columbia University.
Dan is based in Miami with his wife. When he isn’t running a newsroom, he performs in an improv comedy troupe called Chasing Tales.