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Cecilia Alvear
Cecilia Alvear, a pioneering Latina television journalist and the former President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, works as a freelance video/multimedia producer. For 25 years, she was employed by NBC Network News until her retirement in 2007. Alvear was the network's Mexico City Bureau Chief from 1982 until 1984 when she was transferred to Miami to serve as the Senior Producer for Latin America. She was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1988 and resumed her NBC News career in 1989 when she was assigned to the West Coast bureau in Burbank, California.

A native of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, Alvear has covered many major news stories ranging from wars and natural disasters in Central and South America to the Barcelona Olympics to the Northridge earthquake, and the O.J. Simpson trials in Los Angeles. She edits with George Lewis.

Entries by Cecilia Alvear

Start of Sea Cucumber Fishing in Galápagos Postponed Ten Days

(3) Comments | Posted August 1, 2015 | 3:54 PM

By Cecilia Alvear and George Lewis

2015-08-01-1438454963-2997286-galacukenoah336x252.jpg Sea Cucumber in Galápagos Marine Reserve west of Isabela Island

After considerable debate, representatives of the Galápagos National Park and the fishing industry have agreed to postpone the start of fishing for sea cucumbers...

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New 'Cucumber Conflict' in Galápagos

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 1:00 AM

Co-authored by George Lewis

The potential opening of sea cucumber fishing in Galápagos has scientists and conservationists surprised and concerned after news leaked of a July 10 agreement that would allow the collection of 500,000 of the creatures, considered vital to the marine environment. It reignites...

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Dr. Arturo Izurieta Named New Darwin Foundation CEO

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 2:01 PM

Co-authored with George Lewis


Arturo Izurieta in 2014: Galápagos National Park

The Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) announced Wednesday June 3 that Dr. Arturo Izurieta Valery has been named as the foundation's Chief Executive Officer. Izurieta was formerly the Director of...

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Former Galápagos Park Director Says His Ouster Was "Political"

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2015 | 6:04 PM

By George Lewis and Cecilia Alvear

The former Director of the Galápagos National Park, Arturo Izurieta, is not going quietly. In a posting on his Facebook page Saturday (April 11) he says his ouster was a "political decision." He did not elaborate further.

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In Galápagos New Snags in Salvage of Grounded Freighter Floreana in San Cristóbal

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 10:39 PM

By Cecilia Alvear and George Lewis

New problems were reported Wednesday as salvage crews try to deal with the freighter Floreana six weeks after it ran aground in Shipwreck Bay on San Cristóbal Island. Efforts to pump contaminated water to a barge on Wednesday, March 11 failed, according...

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En Galápagos encalla otro carguero

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 12:55 PM

Carguero Floreana encallado en Bahia Naufragio
(Foto de Eric Angermeyer)

La Bahia Naufragio en la isla de San Cristóbal nuevamente hace honor -o deshonor- a su nombre. El miércoles, 28 de enero el buque de carga Floreana encalló, no...

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In Galápagos Another Freighter Runs Aground

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 3:43 PM

Aerial view of the Floreana aground in Wreck Bay, San Cristóbal Island (photo credit: Eric Angermeyer)

Wreck Bay in San Cristóbal Island is again living up to its name. On Wednesday, Jan. 28, the cargo ship Floreana ran aground on its west side, not...

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In Galápagos, a Case of Suicide or Murder?

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 2:26 AM

Was it suicide or murder? The Ecuadorian government, hoping to answer that question, says it is reopening the case of the death of underwater filmmaker Valerie de la Valdene, whose body was found July 5, 2014 in her home on Santa Cruz island in the Galápagos.

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Galápagos Struggle for Survival: Darwin Foundation vs. Santa Cruz Municipality

(2) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 1:04 PM

Darwin Foundation gift shop in Santa Cruz island, Galápagos. Darwin Foundation photo.

In the beginning it was just a "little shop around the corner" from the Charles Darwin Scientific Research Station in Santa Cruz island, Galápagos. But when the Darwin Foundation Executive...

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Why Not Send Lonesome George on Tour?

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 5:09 PM

Co-authored by George Lewis

At last week's New York unveiling of the mounted body of Lonesome George, the legendary Galápagos tortoise, the VIPs in attendance dismissed it as a silly idea: "George is a rock star, why not send him on tour?"

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El legado del Solitario George: Rescatar las tortugas gigantes de Galápagos de la extinción

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 11:32 PM

Autores: Cecilia Alvear y George Lewis

A primera vista parecen invencibles - con su carapazón que se asemeja a una armadura y su enorme masa. Pero las tortugas gigantes, el símbolo mismo de las Galápagos, se encuentran entre las criaturas que han sufrido la...

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The Legacy of Lonesome George: Rescuing Tortoises From Extinction

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 11:08 PM

Authors: George Lewis and Cecilia Alvear

They look invincible-with their built-in body armor and their enormous bulk. But giant tortoises, the very symbol of the Galápagos, are among the most devastated creatures on the islands. 2014-09-17-Isabella11.jpg
Pickup truck yields to a giant tortoise...

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En Galápagos: Enfrentando muchos retos en el salvataje del Galapaface I

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2014 | 5:49 PM

Pocos días después de que el buque de carga Galapaface I encallara en las rocas de la isla San Cristóbal, Galápagos, las mareas altas fortalecidas por la luna llena giraron la nave unos 40 grados, dañando aún más su casco y causando más preocupación a las entidades involucradas en el...

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Galápagos: Challenges in Effort to Free Grounded Ship

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2014 | 5:29 PM

A few days after the cargo ship Galapaface I ran aground on the rocks off San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos, high tides strengthened by a full moon rotated the ship some 40 degrees, further damaging its hull and worrying the people involved in the salvage effort, according to Dr. Arturo Izurieta,...

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NOTA ACTUALIZADA: En Galápagos el buque Galapaface I continúa varado pero se inician operativos de rescate

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 7:49 PM

En la tarde de hoy miércoles 21 de Mayo, el diario El Comercio de Quito informa en su página web que las autoridades ambientales han comenzado acciones legales para responsabilizar a los propietarios del Galapaface I de cualquier tipo de contaminación o problemas ambientales que puedan ser causados ​​por el...

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Galápagos Cargo Ship Still on Rocks - Salvage Efforts Underway

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 3:16 PM

Twelve days after the cargo ship Galapaface I ran aground on the rocks off Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal Island in the Galápagos, the ship remains stranded and authorities estimate that it will take up to a month's time to move it safely at an estimated cost of between...

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Celebrating Darwin and the Darwin Research Station in Galápagos

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 7:49 PM

Exactly 158 years ago, on May 14, 1856, Charles Darwin began writing an extended treatise that would later become On the Origin of Species, his landmark work that laid out his theory of evolution by natural selection.2014-05-14-darwinwatercolor.jpg
Watercolor portrait of Charles Darwin by...

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Ship Runs Aground in Galápagos

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 7:07 PM

Galápagos authorities are working to minimize environmental damage after the cargo ship Galapaface I ran aground Friday morning at 3:15 a.m. off Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal, the easternmost of the archipelago's inhabited islands.
The Galapaface I aground in...

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New Book Offers 'Biography' of Galápagos

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2014 | 7:55 PM

After I finished reading The Galápagos: A Natural History by Henry Nicholls, I felt as if I had watched a time lapse film spanning millions of years condensed into 195 pages. "I wanted this to be a biography of Galápagos," Nicholls says.

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The Case of the Vanishing Blue-footed Boobies in Galápagos

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 4:34 PM

Co-authored by George Lewis

They are the avian equivalent of the giant tortoises -- emblematic of the Galápagos -- the blue-footed boobies that populate the islands and entertain human visitors as they dive headlong into the ocean for food. But now, according to a new study, their population has been...

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