Elaine Chen

Elaine is senior producer of news and public affairs at WLRN-Miami Herald News. She produces The Florida Roundup, a Friday news show, and works on building audience engagement around the issues we cover. Elaine moved from New York City, where she was a lawyer for the city government.  She put aside the legal briefs and discovery requests to be back in public radio.  Before WLRN, Elaine worked as a producer for public affairs shows at WNYC and WYPR.

Pages

The Florida Roundup
11:29 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Education Bills Highlight Differences Among Republican Leadership

House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel), left, shakes hands with Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville).
Credit Florida House of Representatives

State Senate President Don Gaetz likes to introduce House Speaker Will Weatherford as the “taller, smarter, better-looking version of the Weatherford-Gaetz” duo. Their alliance has led to the quick passage of legislation like last year's ethics reform package and this year's sex offender bills. But on several education bills, the two diverge.

Read more
Desalination
8:17 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?

Florida desalinates the most water in the United States. Above is the water treatment plant in North Miami Beach, the first city in Miami-Dade to process salty water from the Floridan Aquifer.
Credit Elaine Chen

This story originally ran on March 13, 2014.

 

If you mention “desalination,” most people probably think you mean taking salt out of seawater, and they probably think you’re talking about what happens in desert nations in the Middle East.

Read more
Politics
6:10 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

What We Learned From Our Innocents Lost Town Hall On The Child Welfare System

Democratic Sen. Eleanor Sobel and Republican Rep. Erik Fresen spoke at the WLRN and Miami Herald town hall on the child welfare system.
Credit HECTOR GABINO / EL NUEVO HERALD

For more than a year, the Miami Herald dug through Department of Children & Families records and police reports to find out how and why nearly 500 children died over the past six years after falling through the Florida Department of Children & Families’ protective net.  

The investigative series, Innocents Lost, uncovered the disturbing stories and found that the agency had embraced a family preservation philosophy without ensuring all the necessary social services were in place to keep children safe in troubled homes.  

Read more
What's The Story?
12:18 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Join Us Tuesday For A Night Of South Florida Trivia!

Come hang out with us!

To launch our news project What's the Story - where we let your curiosity about South Florida guide our reporting - we're hosting a night of trivia inspired by some of your questions!  

The subjects will be about South Florida history and pop culture. Here are some examples (for the answers, please scroll to the bottom):

1.  On Miami Vice, Don Johnson’s character, Sonny Crockett, had a pet named Elvis who was also a retired college mascot.  What kind of animal was Elvis? 

Read more
The Florida Roundup
11:09 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Winners And Losers Halfway Through Session

Credit StevenM_61 / Flickr

Florida lawmakers are more than half finished with the legislative session. Will they deliver on Governor Scott’s goal of $500 million in tax cuts?  

Support has been building for allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state college tuition. And how are lawmakers responding to the deaths of hundreds of kids involved in the state child welfare system?

No one will mistake law writing for poetry, but April is National Poetry Month.  WLRN listeners celebrate our slice of the Sunshine State in verse for our This Is Where poetry contest.

 

Read more
The Florida Roundup
11:53 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Deadline To Sign Up For Obamacare Passes: Now What?

Marie Rachelle Dominique, 47, asks counselor Bernard Guiteau at the Borinquen Medical Center in Miami about signing up for health insurance.
Credit WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

 

 

The sign-up is over: now the coverage.

The deadline to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act passes with hundreds of thousands of Floridians signing up. Who’s covered? Who isn’t? And at what price?

Those are some of the questions we're asking this week on The Florida Roundup. Also on our radar: 

Read more
Sunshine Economy
6:00 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Charter Schools CEO Started As A Janitor

Credit Courtesy of Jon Hage

Jon Hage heads the for-profit charter school management company, Charter Schools USA (CSUSA), based in Fort Lauderdale. The company operates 58 schools in seven states across the country, including Florida.

Hage grew up in middle-class Oakland Park near Fort Lauderdale. He served in the United States Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserves as a commissioned officer in the Special Forces (Green Berets). After then doing policy work in Washington D.C. and Tallahassee, he founded CSUSA in 1997.   

Read more
Technology
10:31 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Miami’s Not A Top Start-Up City, Says Silicon Valley Leader

Sam Altman will be president of Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley tech start-up incubator, which has funded over 600 companies.
Credit Diego Saldana-Rojas

Hundreds of entrepreneurs and start-up enthusiasts gathered Monday for Start-Up City: Miami. The Atlantic magazine organized the conference to promote South Florida’s potential as a great place to start a tech company.

But a Silicon Valley investor whose company funded DropBox and Reddit says Miami has a long way to go. Listen to Y Combinator's incoming president Sam Altman on his impression of Miami as a start-up city.*

Read more
The Florida Roundup
3:59 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

After 477 Children's Deaths In Florida, What Have We Learned?

Credit Emily Michot / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

 

In its Innocents Lost series, the Miami Herald painstakingly details how 477 children were killed over a period of six years--despite documented warnings to the state Department of Children and Families. Now, leaders in Tallahassee are calling for child welfare reforms.

Read more
Politics
10:46 am
Fri March 21, 2014

The End Of FCAT

This spring, students will be taking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test for the last time. We look at what's ahead.  

Leaders in Tallahassee call child welfare reforms a priority for this legislative session after a Miami Herald investigation into the Department of Children and Families.  

El Salvador has a new president, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, a former guerilla. Washington worries the new leader could move closer to Venezuela.

Read more
Sunshine Economy
2:13 am
Thu March 20, 2014

From Farm To Brewery: 5 Questions For Craft-Beer CEO Mike Halker

Credit Tom Hudson

Before making beer in Palm Beach, Mike Halker served on a bomb squad with the U.S. Army. That cool under pressure has served him well as the founder and head of Due South Brewery, a craft-beer company based in Boynton Beach. 

Read more
Power of Design
1:24 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Tell Us Your Complaints About City Life! Live Chat 10 a.m. Saturday

Traffic, trash, ugliness – some of our most common complaints have to do with city life.  

WLRN will give you exclusive access to a discussion among some of the world’s foremost experts on solving the problems of urban living.

Read more
The Florida Roundup
11:30 am
Fri March 14, 2014

SunLife Stadium Renovations: How About Now?

Credit Original photo from Miami Dolphins with added pizzazz by Kenny Malone

The Miami Dolphins renovate plans to fix-up SunLife stadium. Stadium and team owner Stephen Ross offers to pay for up to $400 million in renovations - if - he gets a break on property taxes.  Ross says it’s again about bringing the Super Bowl back to town, but that doesn’t comfort the City of Miami Gardens and the school board that are looking at losing $1 million each in lost property revenue.

Read more
Sunshine Economy
3:35 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Interviewing By Eating: 5 Questions for CEO Felecia Hatcher

Credit Tom Hudson

Felecia Hatcher is co-founder and “chief popsicle” of Feverish Pops, a gourmet popsicle company based in Miami. Hatcher says she is “obsessed with desserts” and, as proof of that passion, she points out that she was married at a donut shop in Portland, Oregon.  

Hatcher began the popsicle company after getting fired from her marketing job with Nintendo.

Read more
The Florida Roundup
11:18 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Family Of Teen Israel 'Reefa' Hernandez Will Sue Miami Beach Police

A six-month-long medical examination concluded that the “sudden cardiac death” of Israel “Reefa” Hernandez-Llach was accidental.

 

Governor Rick Scott kicks off the legislative session with a State of the State address touting tax cuts and job creation. The state legislature starts by advancing a bill legalizing a form of medical marijuana and passing tougher sex predator laws.   

A medical report on the death of Israel Hernandez, the teen who was tasered by Miami Beach police, finds that he died of a "sudden cardiac death." Shortly before the report's release, the police chief resigns.

We also hear the latest developments on the protests in Venezuela.

Read more

Pages