Ticket To Havana: Reporting In Cuba in the 1970s

In 1979 Diana Gonzalez, a young Cuban-American TV reporter, traveled to Cuba with her reporter’s notebook, a cameraman and a sheaf of travel documents and reported on life in Cuba – for visitors and for Cubans. In her reports, aired on Miami’s WTVJ-4, Gonzalez found out what it was like to stay at the Hotel Nacional, shop in a Communist capitol, dine in Havana’s finest restaurant while Cubans endured food shortages, and captured Cuban youth culture, from record stores and teen hangouts to the Cuban version of “American Bandstand.” In “Ticket To Havana: Reporting In Cuba in the 1970s,” Emmy Award-winning television reporter Diana Gonzalez will recount her 1979 reporting trip to Cuba, screening some of the stories she covered there and talking about reporting in authoritarian Cuba during a thaw in U.S. – Cuba relations just six months before the Mariel Boatlift dramatically changed the relationship between the United States and Cuba.

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