Gerry Hadden is an author and journalist who began his public radio career in 1995 at public radio KPLU in Seattle. In 2000 NPR sent him to Los Angeles. Later that year, he went to Mexico City. From 2000 to 2004, he served as NPR's Mexico, Central America and Caribbean correspondent and covered presidential elections in Mexico, Guatemala, Haiti and Nicaragua. He reported extensively on immigration, drug trafficking and the varied cultures and characters of Latin America. He also traveled frequently to Cuba where he reported on U.S.-Cuba relations, the economy and the arts, as well as on daily life under Fidel Castro. Four years after watching Jean Bertrande Aristide be sworn in as Haiti's first democratically elected president, Hadden in 2004 covered Aristide's flight from power amidst an armed rebellion.
That same year, Hadden moved with his family back to Spain, his second home. From Barcelona, he covers Spain and Europe for "The World," although his stories have taken him as far as Cape Verde, Istanbul and Kiev. He says that besides driving a taxi in New York, reporting for public radio is the most interesting job he's ever had. When he's not reporting he spends time with his partner, Anne, and their two children, Lula and Nino.
Lifestyle & Belief
There's nothing like a little American exceptionalism to roil some feelings in Europe. Perhaps you've seen the latest Cadillac ad — a tour de force in American pride. But it's engendering a pretty cold reaction from reporter Gerry Hadden's French in-laws.
In Spain, people are still talking about a TV program that aired Sunday and promised to rewrite a key chapter in modern Spanish history. More than 5 million viewers tuned in for an expose about an attempted coup in 1981 that nearly ended Spain's fledgling democracy.
Arts, Culture & Media
Spain's National Police were feared under dictator Francisco Franco. Now one man is harnessing Twitter to win followers, friends and citizen help in catching criminals. And he's proud to have amassed more followers than the FBI.
Spaniard Jonathan Rodriquez Vega has become a near-champion in Chessboxing. It's a sport growing in popularity, that yes, combines boxing and chess.
Arts, Culture & Media
Amazon's Spanish affiliate was flooded with orders for sewing machines every Monday night after "The Time Between Seams" aired this fall. It's the most popular TV drama in Spanish history and stars a beautiful and daring seamstress turned spy, set during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s.