As a public radio reporter and producer, I get to make a lot of noise on air and online. You can find my work for WLRN News here.
Here are some highlights:
Over the past decade, more than 850 children and teenagers in Miami-Dade County were rushed to the hospital with gunshot wounds. Most of them — nearly 90 percent — survived. In the WLRN series Young Survivors: The Unspoken Trauma of Gun Violence, we ask what happens to those kids. What does it mean for their families – and for our community?
Ask what something costs in health care and you can easily come back with a half dozen different answers. That's why WLRN and Health News Florida have worked with Clear Health Costs to bring transparency to health care costs, and the forces that drive them. The project relies on audience crowdsourcing to reverse-engineer how things get purchased in health care. From the difference between a cost and a charge to the way federal rules impact colonoscopy co-pays, we're empowering our audience to have meaningful conversations about what they pay for their health.
Not long after I joined StateImpact Florida, I visited Jacksonville in North Florida on a reporting trip. During interviews about Common Core and math and science education, my sources kept bringing up concerns about racism. They pointed to Nathan B. Forrest High School, a majority African American school named for the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. So I asked the new superintendent about it. National outlets picked up the story. Here’s what happened six months later:
It’s been called the "Robot Olympics." Teams from all over the world came to the Homestead Miami Speedway to prove their robots’ agility in a Pentagon-sponsored robotics competition. Millions of dollars in prize money were on the line. But the games are about much more than the cash. This feature was produced in a day.
Rocket launches are cool. Watching a group of science teachers at a launch? Pretty inspiring.
For this story, I tagged along with science teachers on a field trip at NASA. But I didn’t have security clearance to record at the launch site. So I structured the interviews and pulled NASA Mission Control tape to recreate the scene. Be sure to check out the audio decoupage that begins around 2:50.
On August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew slammed into Miami-Dade County changing the landscape of South Florida forever.
Remembering Andrew stitches together found sound, archival news footage, and more than thirty hours of interviews into a single hour of radio. Months of reporting, combined with aggressive use of social media, allowed WLRN to uncover new stories, commemorating the disaster for those who experienced it and recounting it for those who didn't.
This documentary and its companion series won many awards including a Green Eyeshade best in show and a bronze for best documentary at the Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.