After spending three whirlwind days in Puerto Rico looking for Senator Robert Menendez at what was described as an “ill-timed and ill-fated fund-raiser,” Luis Ferré-Sadurní found himself jetting off to another far-flung Metro assignment: Gov. Kathy Hochul was heading to Israel the very next day.
One day, you’re counting uneaten jumbo shrimp and empty seats, the next day you’re in an armored van. All in a week’s work for an Albany bureau chief? Not typically.
But those assignments demonstrated Luis’s range and our trust in sending him across various hemispheres to chronicle whatever comes his way — including, as it turned out, the death of the governor’s father during the Israel trip. It also illustrates why it makes sense to give Luis a new challenge, and we are pleased to announce that he is moving onto a new beat, overseeing what is perhaps New York’s most pressing challenge, the continuing influx of migrants.
In his roughly four years covering Albany, with the last two spent leading our Capitol bureau, Luis has chronicled the fall of Andrew Cuomo, the rise of Ms. Hochul, and the resignation of her first lieutenant governor, Brian Benjamin. He has displayed a sharp eye for legislative actions of general reader interest, from pet-store sales to the fight over legalizing to-go drinks and banning menthol cigarettes. And he has authoritatively covered the essential issues in Albany, from bail reform to housing, gun laws to migrants.
Luis was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where at the age of 12 he got his first journalism job: helping to run the printing press at his family’s newspaper, El Nuevo Día, in San Juan. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania before joining The Times as a James Reston reporting fellow in 2017. He later became a general assignment, and then housing, reporter on Metro.
Please join us in congratulating him.
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