Angel Canales is a multimedia journalist based in New York City and a native of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
Angel’s interest in social justice led to a journalistic career covering issues like immigration and hate crimes. He saw the need to become a storyteller after serving in active duty for the US Navy on board the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. During his time in the Navy, he felt he needed an outlet to talk about the life-changing experience, which was at times lighthearted and at times traumatic.
In 2009, Angel co-produced a documentary about the hate crime killing of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero, who was attacked by a group of teens who targeted Latinos in Patchogue. The documentary, Running Wild: Hate and Immigration on Long Island, looks at the aftermath of the attack and its effects on those living in the Patchogue-Medford area.
Prior to this film, he worked at WNBC-TV for “Positively Black,” a weekly four-minute segment covering issues and stories of interest to African-Americans and one of WNBC’s longest running segments. He also assisted in the production of news by writing and formatting scripts for “Weekend Today in New York.” Additionally, he worked at Telemundo, contributing to “Al Rojo Vivo” and “Noticiero Telemundo” news shows.
Angel graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a bachelor’s degree in writing and politics. He also holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He is fluent in Spanish and Italian. Angel is member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists. He resides in Washington Heights, NY.