In this edition of The Missing Americans Project TV, Jeff Dunsavage interviews Amanda LaRoque, who was imprisoned in Honduras for more than a week after being falsely accused of drug smuggling when some flakes of plastic shook loose from an iced tea can security safe she was carrying. Amanda describes the terrifying experience of being jailed in a foreign country.
The Missing Americans Project, a ten-year-old resource and activist organization for families of Americans jailed or missing in other countries, has launched a video interview series produced in the SBN studios.
Dunsavage, a Dunellen, New Jersey, resident, founded MAP when his brother Joe disappeared off the coast of the Roatán resort in Honduras, and his family discovered how little help was provided in such cases by either local law enforcement, the government of the host country, or even from the US Embassy in that location.
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations.
From May-November 2019, he produced and reported a weekly podcast, The CRE News Hour, a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry.
From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta.
He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute.
Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies.
Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for NJSpotlight.com, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC.
In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and in July 2021 he was named secretary of the chapter. In August 2021, he was honored by SPJ with one of the organization’s 2021 Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Awards, given to regular members of an SPJ chapter who go above and beyond in serving their chapter.
Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996.
Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional.
You can email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.