Arianna Prothero

Reporter/Anchor/Producer

Arianna grew up listening to NPR. After a post high school stint in ballet, she stumbled into a public radio career through an internship at WFIU in Bloomington, IN. There, Arianna worked as a reporter, anchor and producer while earning a Bachelors degree in political science and a minor in Eastern European studies at Indiana University. 

After graduating from IU, Arianna moved to Miami and started working as a part time producer for WLRN-Miami Herald News. She immediately fell in love with South Florida and counts herself among the lucky to cover a region where the news is never dull. Arianna is now a full time producer, anchor and reporter for WLRN-Miami Herald News.

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Historic Movie Palaces
10:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

An Endangered Architectural Species: South Florida's Historic Movie Palaces

This photo is of the Miracle Theater in Coral Gables during a film premeire in 1950.
HistoryMiami

Now that the Oscars are over, let’s take a look back at how people used to watch movies in South Florida: in ornate theaters with lit marquees and plush seats.

These historic movie palaces have become an endangered species in the region.

The Miami Herald’s Howard Cohen grew up watching movies in many of these iconic theaters and writes about them in the Miami Herald.

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MCB
2:45 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

WLRN's Continuing Coverage of Big Changes At Miami City Ballet

On September 4th, the Miami City Ballet suddenly announced the company’s founder, Edward Villella, had resigned that morning from his post as artistic director 8 months earlier than planned. Not only is Villella one of America’s most famous dancers, he is one of South Florida’s biggest cultural commodities. In 25 years, he created a world-class ballet company from scratch and helped spark Miami’s arts renaissance. But, the last year at Miami City Ballet had been marked by financial troubles and power struggles. Insiders claimed that Villella had been forced out.
 

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Dance
5:34 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Continuing Coverage Of Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet's studios in Miami Beach.
Credit By wallyg

    

WLRN followed developments at the ballet throughout 2012, starting early in the year with the announcement of who would succeed Mr. Villella when he retired in 2013.

In September, Villella suddenly resigned 8 months ahead of schedule. WLRN’s Alicia Zuckerman produced a feature story that incorporated sound from an earlier Villella interview.  The following month, on the night of the ballet company’s first performance without Villella, WLRN aired an interview with his successor, Lourdes Lopez

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Miami's Tech Scene
7:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Start Up Cities: Event Looks At How Miami Can Get More Talent, Tolerance And Technology

During its inaugural program, Start-Up City: Miami will look at how tech hubs are taking root in Cities like Miami.
Credit Joe Mazzola/Flickr

A conference looking at how Miami can become a nebula for technology start-ups is taking place Wednesday at the New World Center on Miami Beach.

Called Start-Up City: Miami, the conference is in part the brain-child of urban studies expert Richard Florida who lives part-time in Miami Beach.

Florida is a senior editor at the Atlantic and runs an institute for the study of economic prosperity at the University of Toronto.

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Art That Will 'Move' You
6:55 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Why Boynton Beach Is Staking Its Claim In Kinetic Art

"I Ching" by Jeff Kahn. All sculptures in this slideshow are on display in Boynton Beach. Each is numbered so you can find them on the map below. This is #2.
Courtesy of the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium

What is made out of aluminum, weighs 400 pounds yet sways and dips gracefully in the wind? A kinetic art sculpture in Boynton Beach called "Palm Dancer."

It's one of several pieces on display as part of the city's first International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium.

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Tax Incentives
2:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

State Asks For Half A Million To Reclaim $20 Million From Bankrupt Company

Scene: Digital Domain filed for bankruptcy in 2012 after investors and state and local governments sunk a total of $135 million in cash, land and tax credits into the digital animation studio.
Credit openDemocracy /Flickr

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is asking state lawmakers for half a million dollars in order to recoup a $20-million investment in the now-defunct digital animation studio, Digital Domain.

And according to local experts, Florida has a tough fight ahead to get its money back.

The state originally gave Digital Domain $20 million in incentives in order to lure the company--and jobs--to Port St. Lucie. Four months ago, the firm filed for bankruptcy, shut down and let go 300 Florida workers.

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Performance-enhancing drugs
6:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

South Florida May Be Source Of Banned Drugs In Major League Baseball

A pipeline for banned drugs may start in South Florida.
Credit Sean Winters/Flickr

South Florida may be a source for banned performance-enhancing drugs making their way into major league baseball.

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Higher Education Costs
3:58 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Eleven More Colleges Sign On To Gov. Scott's $10K Degree Challenge

Governor Rick Scott first challenged Florida colleges to create $10K degree programs in November.
Credit 401(K) 2013/Flickr

Governor Rick Scott was at Miami-Dade College's North campus today to announce that eleven more state colleges have accepted his challenge to create bachelor’s degree programs costing $10,000 or less.

That means all 23 Florida state colleges offering four-year degrees have signed on. 

Broward College is developing a bachelor's degree program in teacher education and business. President David Armstrong told the News Service of Florida that the goal is to open doors for more students.

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Immigration Reform
11:34 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Rubio Says We 'Can't Round Up And Deport Millions'

Rubio has become a leading voice for the group’s plan.
Credit Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Florida’s Marco Rubio is among a group of eight Democratic and Republican Senators unveiling a bipartisan immigration plan today.

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Session 2013
6:30 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Fast, Slow And Distracted Motorists Are Focus Of Two Proposed Bills

District 27 Senator Jeff Clemens wants slow drivers to stay out of the left lane.
Credit J. Clark/Flickr

Safe driving is the focus of two proposed bills being filed in Tallahassee this session. One bill addresses texting while driving. The other bill deals with slow people in the fast lane.

According to the News Service of Florida, Senator Nancy Detert, a Venice Republican, believes this year will be the year her texting-while-driving ban passes.

This will be her fourth attempt.

Although the bill has passed the Senate twice before, Detert says it has never been heard in the House.

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Economic Incentives
3:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Florida Gave Tax Breaks To Industries Blamed For Mass Shootings

The National Rifle Association has blamed violent video games and films for recent mass shootings. The state of Florida gives economic incentives and tax breaks to both industries as well as gun manufacturers.
Credit Jon Worth/Flickr

Q&A with Miami Herald political reporter Toluse Olorunnipa

Florida taxpayers are helping subsidize three industries that have been blamed for recent mass shootings: violent movies, bloody video games and high-powered assault weapons.

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Martin Luther King Day
7:01 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

What Martin Luther King Day Means To Diverse South Florida

Brent McLaughlin is the executive director of Branches (formally South Florida Urban Ministries), a non profit organization that has been in Miami-Dade for about 40 years.
Credit Arianna Prothero

    

People across South Florida's diverse communities and cultures marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year is also the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

More than 100 people gathered at Lakeview Elementary in North Miami to celebrate MLK Day. Brent McLaughlin, executive director of Branches, one of the non profits that put on the event, said people who grew up in the United States sometimes take Dr. King's message for granted.

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Inaugural Poet
6:30 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Why Miami Poet Richard Blanco Embodies Obama’s Winning Coalition

Richard Blanco was selected to be the nation's fifth inaugural poet.
Credit Nico Tucci

Today, Miami poet Richard Blanco will recite the poem he has composed for President Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony.

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Sun Life Stadium
9:30 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Tax Funds For Dophin Stadium Would Be 'Welfare For Billionaires,' Braman Says

Divided opinions may make Dolphins' stadium renovations a hard sell.
Credit Nathan Rupert (flickr)

South Florida businessman Norman Braman is calling the  proposed plan to renovate Sun Life Stadium with the public dollars "plain welfare for a multi-billionaire."

He contends that Miami Dolphins owner Shephen Ross’ football team is a private asset and should not receive any public money. 

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Miami City Ballet
4:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

What Broward And Palm Beach Ballet-Goers Can Expect From Miami City Ballet's New Program

Daniel Azoulay

Miami City Ballet’s Program II: Tradition and Innovation opens in Fort Lauderdale Friday evening at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts before it heads to West Palm Beach the following weekend.

The program features a couple of ballet staples by choreographer George Balanchine as well as the famous pas de deux from the classic story ballet, Don Quixote, for the 32-fouetté-turns crowd.

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