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My Friend Elaine and Alcoholism / by A.C. Valdez | July 11, 2014

My Friend Elaine and Alcoholism

When Elaine Rivera succumbed to cirrhosis, her friends were shocked. Her story proves that alcoholism can hide in plain sight. Journalist Rose Arce dug into the circumstances surrounding her friend’s death, learning about the high rates of alcoholism among Latinos and trying to understand how Elaine became a victim of a trend she had railed against.

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Photo by Josef Pinlac



Rose Arce is a Pulitzer and Emmy award winning journalist who has devoted much of her career to advocating on behalf of diversity in the media. She has worked at Newsday, the NY Daily News, CBS News and CNN. She is currently Executive Producer of Starfish Media Group, an independent media production company founded by Soledad O’Brien.


A.C. Valdez

A.C. Valdez comes to LatinoUSA by way of public radio shows like America Abroad, The Diane Rehm Show, WAMU-FM’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and Tell Me More. He’s worked with reporters from around the world, coordinated performances with groups like The Noisettes, and done in-depth work on the U.S. military’s counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan. A native of Washington, D.C., A.C. Is a graduate of Emerson College.

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