Journalists On Rio Grande Expedition Now Trekking Through Texas
Fronteras: Tino Duran, publisher of San Antonio bilingual newspaper La Prensa, just went public with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Duran’s daughter Nina joins us on Fronteras to talk about her father and the family’s journey with Alzheimer’s. Imagine traveling the entire Rio Grande, just you, a canoe and some paddles. A couple of journalists are doing just that. We check in on the progress of the Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition.
Expedition Tracking the Disappearing Rio Grande
Reporter Colin McDonald and photojournalist Erich Schlegel are on the journey of a lifetime. They're traveling 1,900 miles over seven months to follow the Rio Grande from source to sea. They’re calling it the Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition.
The journey all started at Stony Pass in Colorado in late June. These journalists are not driving. They’re getting up close and personal with the river -- canoeing, kayaking and walking when need be -- to learn about the changes to the river and how those changes are impacting the people that rely on it. Fronteras Host Crystal Chavez reached McDonald on his cell phone to give us an update on this fascinating journey.
Here's a link to the project's Kickstarter page.
Something else is slowly disappearing in Texas: a lifestyle. This Sunday it’ll all be on display as arts and culture reporter Jack Morgan explains.
The Texas Education Commissioner has informed federal officials the state intends to seek a $30 million grant that would expand pre-K opportunities. Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Poppe reports that would include increasing enrollment for non-English speaking students.
La Prensa’s Nina Duran on Father’s Alzheimer’s Journey
La Prensa is San Antonio’s independent, family-owned bilingual newspaper. The Duran family has operated the local paper for more than 25 years. This week they announced the paper’s publisher, 79 year-old Tino Duran, has been living with Alzheimer’s.
Mr. Duran’s daughter, Nina, is now using her position to raise awareness of this disease. Nina is vice president of public relations at La Prensa. She spoke to Fronteras earlier this week and the conversation starts with her talking about his early days.
Nina is raising awareness by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s the morning of Sept. 20 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. There are walks happening across the state and the nation.
- Find more information at alz. org