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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Hundreds Of Flights Are Canceled
4:38 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Is Parking Planes Across South Florida

Hundreds of flights are canceled as Hurricane Sandy slams the Northeast.
Credit Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport

Even though Hurricane Sandy has moved past South Florida, the region's airports continue to feel the storm's effects.

Director of Operations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Mike Monnemacher, said 152 flights have been canceled at his airport.

"One of our larger markets for this airport is to the Northeast," Monnemacher said. " So, when we're not having any operations into the Washington all the up through Boston area, that's a significant number of aircraft. So, right now we have 35 aircraft that really don't have any place to go."

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A Local Film Maker Highlights Urban Challenges
3:05 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Film: Why You Can't Just Live In Cities Anymore, Now You Have To Think About Them

University of Miami professor Sanjeev Chatterjee is profiling some of the world's major cities as they rapidly change to keep up with an evolving world.
By Georgia Popplewell (caribbeanfreephoto)/flickr

According to the World Health Organization, as of 2010, over half the world’s population lived in cities.

By 2050, that percentage is expected to increase to 70 percent.

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Arts
8:40 am
Fri October 19, 2012

For The First Time In 27 Years, Miami City Ballet Performs With New Artistic Director

Lourdes Lopez looks out over the stage at the Arsht Center during a rehearsal.
Arianna Prothero

It’s opening night for the Miami City Ballet.

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Transportation
3:30 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

How Miami Is Climbing The List Of Top Bike-Friendly Cities

Cyclists ride through the streets of Miami as part of a monthly bike ride called Critical Mass.
Tropical Pedicabs/flickr.com

Miami recently jumped ten spots on Bicycling magazine’s list of the country’s top, bike-friendly cities. It’s the fastest rising city on the list.

But just four years ago, Miami was put on a list of the worst cities to bike in according to Bicycling magazine senior editor Emily Furia.

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Under the Sun
5:45 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

What South Florida Cyclists and Drivers Have to Say to Each Other

Bikes in Monroe County.
Diego Quiros

This is a place that’s sunny, warm, and flat. It seems like it should be a pretty perfect place to ride a bike. It’s not.

Last month, the 36-year-old father, husband and amateur triathelte Aaron Cohen was hit and killed by a car while riding on the Rickenbacker Causeway. The tragedy revived a debate about how drivers and cyclists share—or don’t share—our roads.

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Linda Villella Leaves The School She Founded
9:05 am
Fri August 31, 2012

What Edward Villella's Wife Will Always Carry With Her

These days, Miami City Ballet and its school have slick, professional brochures and world-renowned performers. Linda Villella started the Miami City Ballet School because she wanted a convenient place for her daughter to dance.
Miami City Ballet

An era is ending at Miami City Ballet. In addition to the resignation of its founding director Edward Villella, his wife Linda is stepping down from her post at the helm of Miami City Ballet School on August 31st. 

A former professional ice skater, she never intended to immerse herself in the ballet world and follow her husband’s artistic pursuits. The idea sprung from her desire to create a ballet school for her daughter, Crista. She wanted a ballet school closer to her husband's Miami Beach company. 

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Transportation
8:39 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

A New Yorker's Commute on South Florida Public Transit

Bob B. Brown (Flickr)

South Florida is clearly a car-centered part of the country, but there are a lot of people here who rely on public transportation. This summer, WLRN intern Luc Cohen was one of them.  

Cohen, who is majoring in public and international affairs at Princeton University, was born and raised in New York City. So for him, public transportation is practically second nature.

Before coming to Miami for his internship, Cohen had driven a total of six blocks by himself in his life.

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Remembering Andrew
12:08 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

The Flamingo Photo

The iconic image of flamingos in the Miami Metrozoo bathroom before Hurricane Andrew.
Ron Magill

One of the most iconic images of Hurricane Andrew is a photograph of flamingos, huddling on their toothpick legs in a tiled bathroom.  Ron Magill, now communications director for Zoo Miami, snapped that picture after he and other staff (of then Miami Metrozoo) rounded up the flamingos and put them in the bathroom for safety.

I remember thinking, gosh, you know, this hurricane better come after all this work because I’m working my butt off and it better not be for nothing.

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