Luis Trelles is an investigative journalist and documentary producer.
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, he is currently a reporter with Radio Ambulante, a podcast distributed by NPR that tells the stories of Latin America and Latino communities in the United States. He has produced stories from Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Panama, and has covered Cuban and Puerto Rican communities in Florida, New York and Chicago.
His work has also appeared in HITN, New York City’s largest Hispanic public television station, WNYC’s Radiolab, Gimlet Media’s Reply All and NPR’s Planet Money and All Things Considered. His book “Raising Cane: The Last of Puerto Rico’s Clandestine Rummakers” is set to be published in English in 2018.
Trelles was awarded a Soros Media Justice Fellowship in 2013. In 2014, he was part of the Radio Ambulante team that won the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation Award for Innovation in Journalism. His long-form audio piece “The Importance of Being Ernesto” won the Puerto Rican National Journalism Award for Radio in 2015.
Since 2010, Trelles has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in media and journalism in universities in Puerto Rico and New York City.