On July 7, 2021, Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in a night time raid against his home in the country’s capital, Port-Au-Prince. Nearly a month after the assassination, critical questions surrounding the killing, from who masterminded the plot and for what purpose, remain unanswered. The assassination has catalyzed preexisting political, economic, and societal crises shaking the country to its core, leaving the Haitian people with a deep sense of sorrow and a fear for their country’s future. Joining us today to discuss these events is Catherine Porter, a New York Times journalist who reported from Haiti in the days and weeks following the assassination.
Catherine Porter has been the Toronto bureau chief for The New York Times since February 2017. Ms. Porter joined The Times after 16 years at the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation newspaper, where she worked as a columnist and feature writer. Outside of her native Canada, Ms. Porter has reported from Senegal, Guatemala, Cuba and, most notably, Haiti. She was among the journalists who arrived in Port-au-Prince shortly after the 2010 earthquake, and has returned to the country more than 25 times since to report on its reconstruction efforts. Her book about the experience, entitled “A Girl Named Lovely,” was published in 2019 by Simon & Schuster
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