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Ryan Caron King

Visuals Editor

Ryan Caron King is Connecticut Public Radio's Visual Editor. He also makes documentary videos, news photography, and radio stories.

In 2018, Ryan won a National Edward R. Murrow Award for one of the videos he made reporting in Puerto Rico. He also won a New England Emmy for video journalism and several Connecticut SPJ awards. Some of his radio work has aired nationally on NPR's Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered -- and several of his videos have been posted on NPR's Facebook page. He's also a licensed drone pilot. 

Since September 2017, Ryan has been covering the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Ricans with ties to Connecticut in WNPR's "The Island Next Door" reporting project. 

As a student at the University of Connecticut, Ryan was the manager of his college radio station. He graduated from UConn with a Journalism/English double major in 2015. He likes to spend most of his spare time thinking of new nicknames for his friends' dogs. 

Watch some of Ryan's videos below.

Ways to Connect

Rabbi Michael Farbman prepares for Sunday School in Orange, Connecticut the day after the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.
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Jewish congregations around Connecticut struggled this weekend to absorb the news out of Pittsburgh. Several communities held candlelight vigils to remember those killed in a mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue. 

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An estimated 13,000 Puerto Ricans came to Connecticut after Hurricane Maria, according to The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.

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Según el Centro para Estudios Puertorriqueños del Colegio Universitario Hunter, un estimado de 13000 puertorriqueños vino a Connecticut luego del huracán María.

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The Walk Bridge is a century-old “swing bridge” in Norwalk that carries hundreds of trains each day along Connecticut’s southern coast.

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Hartford’s hurricane relief center was where evacuees from Puerto Rico could come to get help: help finding housing, jobs, winter clothing -- whatever supplies or services they needed to restart their lives in Connecticut.

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El centro de socorro por el huracán, de Hartford, era donde los evacuados de Puerto Rico podían ir para buscar ayuda: ayuda para conseguir vivienda, trabajos, ropa de invierno; cualquier suministro o servicio que necesitaran para recomenzar sus vidas en Connecticut.

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The memory of Hurricane Maria still lives with Carmen Cotto.

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El recuerdo del huracán María aún vive en Carmen Cotto.

"El huracán devastó la isla," dijo Cotto. "Me devastó a mí. Devastó a mí familia. Y a todas las familias. Porque abrir la puerta y ver lo que vimos, todavía me llena los ojos de lágrimas."

Miles de puertorriqueños como Cotto dejaron sus hogares en la isla para vivir en Connecticut después del ataque del huracán María en el otoño pasado. Ahora, a medida que Puerto Rico se recupera lentamente de la tormenta, algunos están regresando a casa.

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A coalition of activist groups, union organizers, and elected officials are calling for Yale University to disclose and cancel its holdings in Puerto Rican debt.

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Una coalición de grupos activistas, organizadores sindicales y funcionarios electos están solicitando a la Universidad de Yale que publique y cancele sus participaciones en la deuda puertorriqueña.

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Brian Rivera was finishing breakfast in the lobby of the Red Room Inn in downtown Hartford. He’s been living there with his wife and two toddlers since December. And he didn’t know yet if he’d have to move out soon.

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Brian Rivera estaba terminando su desayuno en el lobby de la posada Red Roof en el centro de Hartford. Ha estado viviendo allí con su esposa y sus dos hijos pequeños, desde diciembre. Y no sabía aún, si tendría que mudarse pronto.

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Members of Hartford’s Puerto Rican community held a rally and a candlelight vigil Friday night in front of the hotel where dozens of hurricane evacuees from the island have been living since Hurricane Maria.

Hurricane evacuees Yara Vasquez (left) and Wanda Ortiz (center) watch a press conference at the hotel they were living in with their families under a FEMA program on January 19, 2018.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency says that two dozen Puerto Rican families who relocated Hartford will no longer be eligible for housing assistance on Monday because inspections showed little or no damage to their homes in Puerto Rico.

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Only days after the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it would pay for dozens of hurricane evacuees to stay in a Harford hotel until mid-February, state officials were told by FEMA on Thursday there had been an error, and that several of the families had to vacate their temporary housing. 

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State officials say that several dozen Puerto Rican families who were at risk of losing federal housing assistance could now have their stay in Connecticut extended until mid-February.

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Authorities say a missing inmate who escaped from the Carl Robinson Correctional Institution in Enfield may have stowed away under a state service vehicle or garbage truck.

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Xiomara Vega moved to Connecticut from Puerto Rico with her three-year-old daughter after Hurricane Maria knocked out the electricity in her home. She’s trying to make a new life there, but she doesn’t want to forget her old one. And celebrating Three Kings Day -- the Christian holiday also known as the Epiphany -- is a big part of that.

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Xiomara Vega se mudó a Connecticut desde Puerto Rico con su hija de tres años después de que el Huracán María cortara la electricidad en su casa. Trata de construir una nueva vida allá, pero no quiere olvidar su antigua vida. Y celebrar el Día de los Tres Reyes Magos, la celebración cristiana también conocida como la epifanía, es una gran parte de ella.

Merely Torres-Garcia has been living in a hotel room in Hartford, Conn., with her husband and two kids after losing part of her house in Puerto Rico to Hurricane Maria. She said spending the Christmas season in the northeastern cold has been hard for her family. But on Saturday night, in the noisy atrium of Hartford City Hall, it felt a little bit like Christmas on the island.

"My kids are happy. We feel like home in here right now," she said.

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Merely Torres García ha vivido en una habitación de hotel en Hartford, Connecticut, con su esposo y sus dos hijos luego de perder parte de su casa en Puerto Rico por el Huracán María. Ella dijo que pasar la época de Navidad en el frío del noreste ha sido duro para la familia. Pero el sábado en la noche, en el ruidoso atrio del City Hall de Hartford, se sintió un poco como en las navidades en la isla.

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Marlene Hernandez shuffled through winter coats with her cousin Kaliel Diaz at a hurricane relief center in Hartford. Diaz arrived from Puerto Rico with three other family members just days before.

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Marlene Hernández buscó entre los abrigos de invierno con su prima Kaliel Díaz en un centro de socorro por el huracán en Hartford. Díaz llegó desde Puerto Rico con otros tres familiares solo hace unos días.

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Angel Rodriguez stood on the porch of his apartment overlooking the bay of San Juan. In the distance, a military helicopter was lifting off from an airstrip near the city’s convention center where the hurricane relief effort was being staged.

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Ángel Rodríguez estuvo de pie en el porche de su departamento mirando a la bahía de San Juan. A la distancia, un helicóptero militar se elevaba desde una pista cercana al centro de convenciones de la ciudad, donde se estaba organizando el esfuerzo de socorro por el huracán.

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A medida que Puerto Rico comienza una lenta recuperación de la destrucción del Huracán María, muchos puertorriqueños en Connecticut luchan por conseguir una forma de ayudar a los miembros de su familia en necesidad de alimentos y agua.

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As Puerto Rico begins a slow recovery from Hurricane Maria's destruction, many Puerto Ricans in Connecticut are struggling to find ways to help  family members in need of food and water.

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As Puerto Ricans emerge from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, family members back in the continental U.S. are desperately trying to get in touch. In Connecticut, political leaders are focused on both how to rebuild, and how to find their loved ones.

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As Hurricane Maria bore down on Puerto Rico Wednesday, several nonprofits met in Hartford to plan relief efforts.

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Just as MGM Resorts announced plans for a $675 million waterfront casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a letter to Connecticut officials appearing to throw doubt on the future of the state’s other planned casino in East Windsor.

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