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 – Miami Herald News here. And my stories with our StateImpact Florida education partnership are here.
Here are sounds from my documentary work, news features, two-ways and short spots:
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-Miami Herald News 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.
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.
To get into Florida colleges and universities, you have to have studied—or be able to speak—a second language. But Florida students don’t have to take foreign language classes to graduate from high school. So in a part of the state where most families already speak a second language, Immokalee Community School is leaning on parents to make sure their children stay bilingual.
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.
Every year, during the week before Thanksgiving, the Miami International Book Fair brings hundreds of authors to South Florida. At WLRN, we get excited about Book Fair the way some people get excited about Christmas, or Mardi Gras.
In 2013—the 30th anniversary of the fair—I spoke with bestselling author Sherman Alexie about why, in an age of e-readers, book fairs matter.
Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has been a big fight in Florida. State Sen. René García, a Republican from Hialeah, made news when he told me he was open to considering it. This two-way came out of a legislative forum on Medicaid expansion held in Miami.
This spot came out of a daily assignment to cover an agriculture department press conference. There was a lot more sound than just officials at podiums.
What The Supreme Court Ruling On The Affordable Care Act Means For Florida’s Biggest Public Hospital
This spot was produced the day the Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act. It’s a local impact angle on a national story.
Why South Florida Cares About World AIDS Day
Any reporter with a beat can expect certain annual story obligations. For a health reporter, World AIDS Day is one of those stories. I asked Tony Plakas, CEO of Compass (the largest LGBT community center in the Southeast United States) why it still matters. I think the result is proof that you can pack a lot of narrative into less than a minute.