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Haitian flag displayed during an event. Haitian Times file photo.

In the fall of 2018, as Haiti careened into peyi lok brought on by the latest political upheaval, I began to ponder my future at The Haitian Times. By 2019, I’d convinced myself it was time to step away from this publication I had founded and helped nurture for almost two decades. 

A year later, as the world went into its own lockdown, spurred on by the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision was made for me to stay put. There was simply no way I could leave the community at the most momentous time since The Haitian Times founding in 1999. 

Almost overnight, we went from a three-person operation to a staff of nearly 20 today. Since that fateful March 2020, I’ve worked the hardest ever in my life. And I’m not a low-energy person, those who know me even faintly would quickly confirm.  

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Garry Pierre-Pierre

Garry Pierre-Pierre is a Pulitzer-prize winning, multimedia and entrepreneurial journalist. In 1999, he left the New York Times to launch the Haitian Times, a New York-based English-language publication serving the Haitian Diaspora. He is also the co-founder of the City University Graduate School of Journalism‘s Center for Community and Ethnic Media and a senior producer at CUNY TV.