Boise Weekly Sends Reporter to Cuba

april 16, 2007  01:46 pm
"We've never sent a reporter to Idaho Falls, much less Havana," Weekly editor Shea Andersen tells the Idaho Press-Tribune. But last week, when Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and his trade mission group traveled to Cuba, they were accompanied by Nathaniel Hoffman, who is reporting on the trip and on Cuban life for the Weekly. Access was arranged "using nothing more magic than a letter to the Cuban government requesting a visa," according to New West Boise. A spokesperson for Gov. Otter says they "were amazed" that Hoffman's visa was approved. "We were told that the Cubans were not allowing reporters in," Jon Hanian says. "They turned down over 2,000 requests, including Barbara Walters'."