Who knows Garry
Pierre-Pierre? He's an illustrious stranger, his name and his work. And yet,
he plays a rather singular role in the history of diaspora journalism, which deserves to be told.
He is, without question,
one of the best journalist in the Haitian diaspora. He is what comes in
we call it “a feather.” Garry, was quickly noticed by his keen sense of reality, the finesse of his political analysis and his incomparable ability to attract the benevolence of all those who rub shoulders with him.
A discreet man, a fine observer, generous with the weakest, sometimes fierce towards the big ones (especially the abusers of a dominant position), Garry has a writing style which few can boast. Quickly specialized in the analysis of political affairs, reporting it but also in the island economy, Garry quickly climbed in the hierarchy, to the envied position of the founder of Haitiantimes (JOURNAL NUMERIQUE).
Many of us have rubbed shoulders with him, have benefited from his judicious advice as well as from his friendship.
Besides his profession as a journalist, Garry is also an entrepreneur, an innovator with his own sense (Bel Machann, an e-commerce website where Haitian artisans can sell their wares)
Recognized for his outstanding interviewer qualities, his ability to stir the cage in an interview, his impeccable diction and his straight and imposing stature, Garry Pierre-Pierre embodies the credibility at a time when the Haitian public opens up to the world. Always in perfect control, the communicator combined presence, nobility in the delivery of its content and the relevance of it.
“He really has a direct style, in speaking
to be listened to, said these collaborators. A charming fellow, chill,
of a high class, very “classy”. A prince of reporters! a very
great journalist, a beautiful model, very accessible. A true true! “It was
an adorable, warm guy who has all the qualities, a go-getter who doesn't have
cold in the eyes, and a remarkable sense of popularization.
“A very great journalist, a scholar to the end
fingers, a spirit as refined as it is open to the world. A model of
righteousness. Very great respect. Great reporter, that means not having a section, not having
borders in his head. Tell yourself that everything is accessible to journalists, not
barriers (communicators, agents, as is now very much the case
for writers), no prohibited or taboo subjects either, no icons
founder and publisher, The Haitian Times
is an American-Haitian journalist and multimedia entrepreneur. He is a
former New York Times reporter. He left the Times in 1999 to launch
The Haitian Times, a weekly English-language publication based in
Brooklyn, New York, serving the Haitian diaspora. In 2012, The Haitian
Times has turned into an online publication only.
started his journalist career at Lakeland Ledger as a reporter
of the newspaper’s Winter Haven office. He is quickly
recruited by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where he covers several cities in
West Broward. At the Soleil-Sentinelle, Pierre-Pierre is sent to Haiti to
cover the 1991 coup against Jean Bertrand Aristide. He stood out
among the crowd of international correspondents telling stories
of average Haitians and offering a unique political perspective,
combination that was rare for outgoing reporting from Haiti then.
also covered the Bahamas elections and was nominated for an award
Pulitzer by Sun-Sentinel to be the main reporter on a series
stories about the 10th anniversary of the Nativite crash, where dozens
of Haitians perished along the shores of one of the most pristine beaches
from South Florida. Pierre-Pierre wrote a first-person narrative of
his memory of this tragedy, “When my shame was washed to the ground”, in the
Soleil-Sentinel Sunday magazine. He was recruited by New York
Times, and a month later, he was pushed into one of the biggest
stories from his fledgling career, covering the World Trade Center bombing
in 1993. His intimate knowledge of northern New Jersey made him a choice
great for hitting the streets of Jersey City and Maplewood, interviewing friends,
family members and acquaintances of the suspects. He was part
of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for
the New York Times subway office.
ethnic media circles in New York since the beginning of the Haitian Times,
Pierre-Pierre co-founded the Center for Community and Ethnic Media of CUNY
Graduate School of Journalism. The center, a unique institution in the community
American academic, serves as a hub for training and
advocacy for the robust media sector that languished during the
numerical revolution. He has lectured on Haiti, the media
ethnicities and journalism in some of the main universities in the country,
including Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers. he
is the author of 35 Seconds: The Quake That Changed Haiti, a photo book
relating the devastation left in the wake of the earthquake in
won several awards, including a Pulitzer Award in 1993 for coverage by
the World Trade Center bombing team at the New York Times. He wrote
Opinion articles for the Wall Street Journal, the Miami Herald, the Guardian and
many other publications. He regularly contributed to thegrio.com
He won the
Communicating award several times for his work on sources
independent. He received a Trailblazer’s Award from the New York branch of
the National Association of Black Journalists. He has won several awards
the Associated Press. He was the first black publisher to become president of the
New York Press Association, an organization of weekly publications and
small daily published in New York State which was founded in 1853.
What drives Garry is curiosity, the urge to go and see what's going on
go behind the wall, dive behind the scenes. Try to understand. (…)
track down the truth that is hidden from us.
Garry Pierre-pierre has a
humanistic and benevolent vision of his profession, reminding those who
believe that it is always necessary to endeavor to understand the trajectories of
personalities, without judging them, without dirtying them, while assuming the revelation
of the facts ”. A great lesson where in the age of the Internet these
principles sometimes give the feeling of shrinking.
Until the end, Pierre-Pierre remains active,
eyes greedy on this news that has never ceased to excite its
curiosity and his pen. He enthusiastically contagious or exclaims
before the spectacle of the world. All his life, he also kept this requirement of
intellectual freedom, independence from any dogma or bias,
this desire for quality which did not exclude the passion for making known and the
gluttony for life and words. He manages to communicate beautifully
this state to those who knew it, an example for a whole generation of
Haititechnews, Founder, Chief Editor