Mia Lobel

America Abroad

Mia Lobel is an award-winning independent multimedia producer, journalist, and educator, and served as Executive Producer for America Abroad, AAM’s monthly radio documentary series until December 2015. Over the past decade, she has worked for media outlets across the country, specializing in creating unique content for public radio stations, non-profit organizations, museums, and universities.

Mia is an adjunct professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism teaching courses in intro to news writing and reporting, voiceover, and advanced podcast production. Multimedia projects include Distillations – an award-winning chemistry podcast, Stories from the Field – mini-oral histories about women in science, and the Wesleyan Storytelling Project. She’s also founder of Freelance Café, a support, networking, and resource web site for independent media producers nationwide.
Mia received a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Wesleyan University and a Masters of Journalism from UC Berkeley. She lives in the Hudson Valley, NY with her husband and two sons.
Vintage Postcard of Cruise from Miami to Havana

No cigar just yet: Many obstacles remain before complete normalization with Cuba

President Barack Obama’s December 17 announcement that he would begin normalizing relations with Cuba sparked hot debate on both sides of the Florida Strait. It also began a political process that won’t end until a highly fractious Congress can agree on new legislation, not likely to happen any time soon. Among other obstacles is the long-questioned human rights record of the Castro regime. Independent watchdog organization Freedom House says Cuba falls just shy of its “worst of the worst list” for denying its citizens political rights and civil liberties.

No cigar just yet: Many obstacles remain before complete normalization with Cuba