Los Globos de Oro y los Latin Grammys

I help out the Entertainment vertical in the AP’s LA bureau when I can. Below is a story I wrote for the Spanish-language wire.  Every November I cover the Latin Grammys for an English-speaking audience. I try to focus on acts that would interest someone who prefers to read in English but still follows rock en espanol, reggaeton, cantautores, as well as the usual suspects.  My favorite […]

‘All hell broke loose’: 30,000 flee California wildfire

‘All hell broke loose’: 30,000 flee Santa Barbara wildfire By Raquel Maria Dillon | ASSOCIATED PRESS SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) _ Turning the horizon a lurid orange and raining embers on roofs as it advanced, a wildfire that has destroyed scores of homes in the hills menaced the celebrity enclave of Santa Barbara and other […]

Grandma: Octuplets mom ‘obsessed’ with babies

Octuplets’ grandma: Unmarried mom conceived all 14 babies in vitro, ‘obsessed’ with having kids (Nadya Suleman’s mother sounded exhausted and exasperated when I reached her on the phone only days after the octuplets were born, but she shared a few emotional details before hanging up abruptly. This story went unmatched and kept my byline throughout […]

SoCal train wreck death toll rises to 17

Train collision rocks quiet L.A. neighborhood (I reported from the crash site until the sun rose with help from colleagues back at the office.) By Raquel Maria Dillon | ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A quiet neighborhood on the city’s northwest tip was transformed Friday into a scene of incredible devastation when a commuter […]

Live Election Night two-way interview

Election Night 2002: Live interview I was interviewed live for our election night special to set up a congressional race from a candidate’s campaign headquarters. Listen to MP3: Election Night 2-way

Bishop defends diocese response

Walsh says molestation allegations reported with ‘reasonable speed’ This was the lead story in Sunday’s paper, one of several I wrote while following a clergy sexual abuse case, which might have been one of the biggest stories in Santa Rosa that summer. By Raquel Maria Dillon | THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Bishop Daniel Walsh, breaking his […]

1st Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop Elected

In New Hampshire, Gay Man Elected Episcopal Bishop Episcopalians in New Hampshire elect an openly gay priest as their next bishop. If confirmed by the church’s national General Convention next month, Rev. V. Gene Robinson will become the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in the country. Hear Raquel Maria Dillon of New Hampshire Public Radio. […]

AARP NH Primary debate

Democratic Candidates Target GOP Medicare Drug Plan during AARP Debate The Republican-backed Medicare prescription drug bill is providing a convenient target for some of the Democratic Presidential candidates. At a forum in New Hampshire Tuesday, some of them slammed the Republican plan, which would provide prescription drugs to senior citizens.  The sponsor of the event, […]

Benson takes Heed: Governor picks his AG

Benson takes Heed After months of delays, Governor Craig Benson has finally chosen an Attorney General. He announced the nomination at the Executive Council meeting this afternoon. New Hampshire Public Radio’s Raquel Maria Dillon reports. Listen to MP3: Benson Take Heed (Script after jump)