Elizabeth Llorente

       Writer * Editor * Content Creator * Public Speaker

Elizabeth Llorente has won dozens of awards for works that have exposed abuses and corruption, explanatory narratives that have provided a deep, candid look at the roots of racial and ethnic tensions in local communities, and human interest stories about people and issues. She's broken dozens of stories, influencing debates and sparking state and national reforms. Llorente also has been a champion for equity and inclusion in newsrooms and media stories. She has been a core part of dozens of industry workshops and forums on best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion.

US opioid epidemic hits Staten Island funeral homes hard, director turns activist

When Kevin Moran speaks to young people, he unscrolls about a dozen letter-size papers taped together and holds them squarely in front of their eyes.

They are death certificates of people their age who accidently overdosed on opioids, or consumed some from a tainted batch, and ended up at the funeral home he directs.

"Don’t do it!" Moran yelled out at the audience in one of his talks last year. "I don’t want to see you in my funeral home! I’m here for one reason, to scare the living crap out o

Former 'Dog Whisperer' talks taming Seinfeld's pups, new season of 'Cesar 911'

Dog behaviorist Cesar Millan, who gained fame with his former show, “Dog Whisperer,” begins the third season of “Cesar 911” Friday with comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who is overwhelmed by the first two pups he’s ever owned.

The Dachshunds, named Jose and Foxy, each has its own problem. Foxy seems to detest Seinfeld, and Jose won’t stop barking.

Millan, who describes “Cesar 911” as a show in which he deals with extreme behavior that have owners rethinking keeping their pets, comes to the rescue by p

The Billionaire And The Immigrant — Mark Zuckerberg And Carlos Vargas Join Forces In Silicon Valley For Immigration Reform

They were born one year apart, into vastly different worlds.

Carlos Vargas, 28, began life in poverty in Puebla, Mexico, where he shared one small bedroom with his widowed mother and three siblings. His mother, who crossed the U.S.-Mexican border illegally in 1990 with her four children, held multiple jobs here to make ends meet.

Mark Zuckerberg, 29, started his life in Dobbs Ferry, an affluent New York suburb of tree-lined streets and meticulously tended lawns rimming million-dollar homes. Zu

Campaign spies: when a candidate slips up, 'trackers' make sure the world is watching

Not long ago, "tracking" consisted of little more than a campaign sending out an intern with a camera to an opponent’s event, hoping to capture an embarrassing moment that could be used later in an ad. That has changed. “Our trackers aren’t just cameramen capturing a gaffe on cellphone video,” one said, “they’re researchers in the field, they know what [candidates] said last year..."

Venezuela's Andean Hideaway (Published 1989)

From the moment we arrived from Caracas at the Alberto Carnevale Airport, we were urged to ride the teleferico, the cable car that climbs in four stages to Pico Espajo. The car ascends past the clouds and tundra line at a 30-degree angle. The earliest car usually leaves Calle 25 in the city's Barinitas section at 7 A.M. from every day except Monday and the last leaves at noon, just before the dense, cold fog begins its descent upon the mountains, bringing temperatures well below freezing. The la

If You're Thinking of Living in:; HILLSBOROUGH (Published 1987)

The new development dwellers seek their recreation at local country and health clubs, where they ride horses, swim and play golf, racquetball and tennis. For a one-time initiation fee of $200 and a monthly fee of $38, the Hillsborough Racquet and Health Club allows access to all facilities on its grounds. These include Nautilus equipment, racquetball, tanning beds and a jogging track, among other things. The Roycefield Swim Club offers its members part ownership of the pool by purchase of a $750

Celia Cruz: Salsa Star, Expatriate, Whirlwind (Published 1987)

Her early years in the United States were less than memorable; young Latinos were more interested in rock-and-roll than in music from the old country. But in the 1970's, the young Puerto Ricans and Cubans in New York, New Jersey and Miami began to take a new pride in their roots, and salsa became the musical symbol of that rediscovered identity. Along with winning fans of all ages (at one concert in California a reporter found among the crowd a fan who was 10 years old and another who was 100),