Luis Clemens

Luis Clemens is NPR's senior editor for diversity. He works across the newsroom to build a broad foundation of diverse experts and sources in order to enhance NPR's news coverage.

In this position, Clemens is also part of NPR's Diversity team and is active partner in training initiatives at NPR and across public radio - helping to strengthen local coverage by expanding the range of content, sources, ideas and expertise.

Before joining NPR in 2010, Clemens was a frequent guest on NPR's programs, often interviewed about Latino voters.

Clemens began his career in journalism at the local Telemundo and NBC television stations in Miami. In 1993, he began working at CNN as an assignment editor. Three years later he was promoted to Buenos Aires bureau chief.

Following CNN, he went on to be a spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme in Zimbabwe.

Before re-starting a career in journalism and coming to NPR, Clemens owned and operated two laundromats in Xalapa, Mexico.

Code Switch
8:53 am
Tue September 10, 2013

'Instructions Not Included' Also Skimps On Laughs

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"[Instructions Not Included] manages to be an artistic failure and a commercial success at the same time, the latter because it taps a Latino audience that has been overlooked."
Pantelion Films

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 8:20 am

I paid $10.50 to go see Instructions Not Included on a weekday afternoon. I was robbed.

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Code Switch
6:03 am
Mon July 29, 2013

More About The 40-Year-Old Picture That Makes People Smile

This 1973 photo of five children playing in a Detroit suburb has gone viral on the Internet. The children were Rhonda Shelly, 3 (from left), Kathy Macool, 7, Lisa Shelly, 5, Chris Macool, 9, and Robert Shelly, 6.
Joe Crachiola Courtesy of The Macomb Daily

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 8:13 am

About 10 days ago, we posted a story about an almost 40 year-old photo that was taken by Joseph Crachiola. A former news photographer in the Detroit suburb of Mount Clemens, Mich., Crachiola had happened upon five children playing not far from his newsroom at the Macomb Daily and shot the above photo.

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