Cheryl Corley is an NPR correspondent who works for the National Desk and is based in Chicago. She travels throughout the Midwest covering issues and events throughout the region's 12 states.

In recent years, Corley has reported on the campaign and re-election of President Barack Obama, on the efforts by Illinois officials to rethink the state's Juvenile Justice System, on youth violence in Chicago, and on political turmoil in the Illinois state government. She's reported on the infamous Trayvon Martin shooting case in Florida and covered tornadoes that have destroyed homes and claimed lives in Harrisburg, Illinois; small towns in Oklahoma; and Joplin, Missouri.

WLRN Ready To Learn (RTL) is the premiere provider of curriculum-based children's entertainment programming serving the South Florida community.

The WLRN RTL service, a national PBS initiative to help children start school ready to learn, exposes children and their families to award winning children's programs that engage kids in math, reading and science.

WLRN RTL offers several workshops for parents and caregivers with the goal of improving literacy and encouraging children to discover, explore and investigate the world around them with wonder, laughter and fun.

PBS Kids on WLRN

PBS Teachers on WLRN

READY TO LEARN HIGHLIGHTS

PBS Kids Online Games

Visit this site for some neat interactive activities for kids from the people who created the Ready To Learn Service - PBS!

These 5 Web sites cover a variety of topics of interest to this audience, including art and design, the environment, media literacy, food, and dealing with real life issues. Kids, parents and educators can trust these sites to be safe havens where children can learn, share ideas and have fun.

It's My Life
It's My Life invites kids to share their feelings about the social, emotional, and physical issues that affect them.

Don't Buy It

Interested in educational materials and resources for children? Visit the following sites:

Teach More Love More
Alerts parents to the stark consequences of failing to prepare our children - all our children - for school and success in life, but also offers solutions for overcoming the challenges that all parents face.

PBS TeacherSource
Combines lesson plans and online activities found elsewhere on PBS Online with original activities and professional development opportunities.

Center for Florida's Children

WLRN's Instructional Television Services (ITV) provides educational media services, resources and support to the students, teachers and staff of Miami-Dade County Public Schools through the ITV Network of instructional channels and Teacher's Choice, a video-on-demand service.

Teacher’s Choice - A video-on demand service giving teachers the ability to order hundreds of educational videos for screening directly into their classrooms. Videos can be viewed instantaneously or scheduled up to 14 days in advance.  Use GUEST as login ID.

ITV Network Channels

Teacher's Choice - Channels 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35

Ch 26 - NASA Channel

Carrie Johnson is a Justice Correspondent for the Washington Desk.

She covers a wide variety of stories about justice issues, law enforcement and legal affairs for NPR's flagship programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as the Newscasts and NPR.org.

While in this role, Johnson has chronicled major challenges to the landmark voting rights law, a botched law enforcement operation targeting gun traffickers along the Southwest border, and the Obama administration's deadly drone program for suspected terrorists overseas.

Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is currently focused on the eponymous series, "Joe's Big Idea." Stories in the series explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors.

Palca began his journalism career in television in 1982, working as a health producer for the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC. In 1986, he left television for a seven-year stint as a print journalist, first as the Washington news editor for Nature, and then as a senior correspondent forScience Magazine.

Robert Lyle is a veteran international financial journalist who, until the global economic crisis, divided his time between Florida and Cornwall in Great Britain. For more than 25 years, he was the Washington-based senior economics correspondent for the RFE/RL radio networks in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He was also a regular contributor to the BBC and other international radio networks from bases in Detroit, New York, Washington, D.C., London, Aix-en-Provence, France, and Munich, Germany. As a break from financial reporting, he has written about food and beer for the Los Angeles Times and One-and-Ale, a Cornish brewing magazine.

Patricia Sagastume’s journalism career spans over two decades in broadcast television, radio and print. Whether she is producing a feature about the lobstering industry or investigating a story behind the scenes of a two-year copper mining strike, her stories unravel a drama that makes you care. Her credits range from being a producer for a PBS health series to reporting for television magazine programs across the country. Patricia's talent as a series producer was evident in the award-winning children's program she created. Later she developed a science and technology series for a PBS broadcast station in Tampa. In the Southwest she contributed border-themed stories to a syndicated PBS regional radio program.

Robert Samuels likes reporting mostly because the job scares his mother. On assignments, he has been punched in the face (twice) and mooned by a convicted sex offender. He’s been attacked by a (standard) poodle and chased by a cow. He’s brought muscular men to tears and brought elderly women to furor. Now, he writes about the curious corners of the Washington region for The Washington Post, where he’s worked since 2011. Samuels won regional and state awards covering life and politics in South Florida over his five years at The Miami Herald and had also previously worked at at foxnews.com, The Roanoke Times, the St. Petersburg Times, the Detroit Free Press.

Photo by Marsha Halper/Miami Herald Staff

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