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Kenny Malone hails from Meadville, PA where the zipper was invented, where Clark Gable’s mother is buried and where, in 2007, a wrecking ball broke free from a construction site, rolled down North Main Street and somehow wound up inside the trunk of a Ford Taurus sitting at a red light.
Malone graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH as a mathematics major and economics minor. He took an un-ironic oath to use mathematics for good not evil. Per that oath, Malone has taken on a wide array of non-evil numbers-based reporting endeavors -- everything from proving the existence of a home-field heat advantage for the Miami Dolphins to explaining South Florida’s economy in terms of automobiles on I-95 to exposing the extraordinary toll the densest cluster of assisted living facilities in the state had on both local authorities and the residents of those facilities in Lauderhill, FL.
Malone’s work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition as well as APM’s Marketplace and The Story. Malone was given the Florida AP Broadcasters Award for Individual Achievement in 2012. His work has won national and regional awards for religion, financial, crime and investigative reporting as well as two Best in Show Green Eyeshade Awards, several Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Scripps Howard Award for In-Depth Radio Reporting.
Malone lives in Miami Beach with his scruffy dog, Sir Xavier Charpentier III.
Jeremy Glazer is a former high school teacher, and that rare breed–a Miami native. He has identified himself as a “future hall-of-famer” on his phone message, but he says he hasn’t decided yet which hall of fame, or what his achievement will be. Glazer’s story “Home” was one of the winners of our unpublished writers contest. Since then, he has been a regular fiction contributor to Under the Sun. The short story, “Dolphins, Oysters, and Crabs” is Glazer’s most recent contribution. His work has also appeared in 34th Parallel and The Avatar Review.
Ashley Lopez is a reporter for WLRN-Miami Herald News. She also splits her time as a reporter/blogger for the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and as a local print reporter for The Miami Herald. Previously, Lopez was a reporter/blogger for The Florida Independent — a nonprofit news blog that covered Florida politics and public policy. A native Miamian, Lopez graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree. She also interned for Talking Points Memo and an NPR affiliate in Durham, North Carolina.
Trina has received several awards as part of the radio and web team for the "Under the Sun" series, which she helped create. She was web and radio producer of the "Remembering Andrew" documentary, for which she won a 2013 "Best in Show" Green Eyeshade Award along with Alicia Zuckerman, Kenny Malone, Sammy Mack and the WLRN-Miami Herald News team.
She's a Miami native who has learned to love her city just like you learn to love that pesky brother or weird relative. Trina's passions are good food and good stories.