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.

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Zimmerman Trial
6:00 am
Tue July 16, 2013

The Role Of Florida's Stand Your Ground Law In The Zimmerman Verdict

The Tampa Bay Times reviewed over 200 incidents where Stand Your Ground was raised based on news stories, court records and interviews with prosecutors and defense attorneys.
Credit Tampa Bay Times

The Stand Your Ground law was in the instructions given to the jury (page 12), which acquitted George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin. But it was among a list of laws in the instructions.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Zimmerman Trial: Race, Self-Defense And The Law

Today on the Florida Roundup at noon on 91.3 FM:

We’re bracing for a verdict in the Zimmerman case, a trial that has the state on edge. Does Florida’s Stand Your Ground law make it an open-and-shut case for the defense? And is too much being made of the possible reaction if Trayvon Martin’s killer is set free?

The U.S. Justice Department finds - for the second time in a decade - that City of Miami police used excessive force in a spate of shootings, seven resulting in the deaths of black residents of the city.

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Diversity
11:41 am
Thu July 11, 2013

What The Lack Of Asian-Americans Says About Miami

Before Elaine Chen moved to Miami, she'd heard it was a diverse place. But when she got here, she wondered where all the other Asians were.

“Miami is the face of America's future” is a refrain I’ve heard often.  It seems a point of pride that Miami is leading the rest of the country in our racial diversity.

But this statement is only true if you disregard people like me, Asian-Americans.

The U.S. population is about six percent Asian-American. Chicago has a slightly higher share, and Boston and New York have about 10 percent and 14 percent, respectively.   

 Miami-Dade County has less than two percent. That’s lower than the percentage of Asian-Americans for the entire state of Florida. 

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Miami, Soon The American Atlantis?

A depiction of our area with a 5 ft. rise in sea level, which by some estimates could happen in 100-300 years.
Credit New York Times, http://nyti.ms/SktOCY

On The Florida Roundup, we focus on the impacts of sea-level rise on our very vulnerable region.   

Rolling Stone magazine says Miami - and much of South Florida - is doomed to drown.  You wouldn’t know it based on what you hear from state leaders.  While county and local officials say they are working on solutions, are they pursuing the right ones? 

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Session 2013
9:53 am
Mon July 1, 2013

DuPont Award Submission - WLRN State Session Coverage

The Session 2013 Town Hall project was a WLRN-Miami Herald News radio project, funded in part through a grant from Global Integrity. It included the active collaboration and participation of the Miami Herald’s political editor Sergio Bustos and Tallahassee bureau chief Mary Ellen Klas.

Before the Legislative Session
Online workshops on ethics, property insurance and education policy


Ethics game, Tallanasty

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Week Of The Supremes: Gay Marriage And Voting Rights

Despite the landmark ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, married same-sex couples here won't be able to take advantage of the full range of federal benefits.
Credit Peetje2 / Creative Commons/Flickr

On The Florida Roundup, we take a look at three big decisions out of Washington, D.C. this week: the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage and the Voting Rights Act as well as the U.S. Senate's vote on the immigration bill.

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Civil Rights
2:38 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Watch Online Chat Archive: What The Gay Marriage Rulings Mean For Florida

Florida provides no statewide alternative to same-sex marriage, and most counties (in gray above) do not formally recognize domestic partnerships.
Credit U.S. Census Bureau

What do the rulings from the highest court in the United States mean for Florida's same-sex couples?  

We'll unpack the Supreme Court decisions and explain what impact they could have in the everyday lives of lesbian and gay couples, from tax filing to naturalization and wills.

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Civil Rights
7:43 am
Wed June 26, 2013

A Timeline Of Same-Sex Marriage In Florida

Though he had been a vocal opponent of gay rights, Rubin switched course and in 2004 filed several lawsuits against the gay marriage ban.

The history of gay marriage in Florida may reveal what the future holds. As counties in South Florida gave more rights to same-sex couples, the Sunshine State reinforced its opposition.

Florida is among 30 states with the most rigid same-sex marriage ban, including it in its state constitution.

The following is a brief look back at the issue in recent decades:

1977

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

A New Era For U.S.-Latin American Relations?

In a special edition of The Florida Roundup, we focus on our broader region, Latin America and the Caribbean. 

China's President Xi Jinping recently concluded a visit to Mexico, Costa Rica and Trinidad, shortly after President Obama and Vice President Biden paid visits there.

We discuss if Obama's second term will include stronger Latin American relations and China's ambitions in the Western hemisphere. 

Plus: why Venezuelans are buying suitcases of toilet paper and other basic goods in South Florida.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

No Super Bowl For You!

  On The Florida Roundup today at noon:

Dolphins Stadium

The Florida Legislature balked on proposed renovations to Miami Dolphins stadium. A  public referendum (already in progress) on the renovations was called off. And to make matters worse, the NFL denied South Florida a Super Bowl.

Oklahoma Tragedy

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Does The Governor Deserve Credit For The Economy?

The state announced that the jobless rate dropped to 7.2 percent in April 2013. But what kind of jobs have been created?
Credit quite peculiar / Creative Commons/Flickr

On The Florida Roundup, we take a special look at the economy.  

Employment, tourism and real estate numbers suggest a recovery. We’ll examine whether Gov. Rick Scott’s “it’s working” motto is actually working -- for him.

Meanwhile, the legislative session is over but many bills are still under review by the governor. The biggest: Florida's $74.5 billion budget.

And locally, could South Florida lose both the Super Bowl and the International Swimming Hall of Fame to California?

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Session 2013
2:38 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

The 7 Things To Know About Florida's Legislative Session

So many issues made the headlines during the state's 60-day legislative session.  But if you haven't been following the ins-and-outs of Tallahassee, we have you covered.  Here are the 7 main events from Florida’s recently concluded legislative session.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Winners And Losers From Florida's Legislative Session

Join us for The Florida Roundup today at noon for a special look back at the 2013 state legislative session and a follow-up with participants from our WLRN-Miami Herald Town Hall in February.

Below you can be part of a live, online discussion curated by our social media editor, Danny Rivero.

Click here for The Seven Most Important Things You Should Know About Florida's Legislative Session

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That's So Miami
7:38 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Winners Of Our 'That's So Miami' Poetry Contest

Arlo Haskell, winner of Best Ode to Miami category
Robert Zuckerman

Love or hate Miami, the subject inspired so many beautiful, thoughtful and sometimes even funny verses for our "That's So Miami" project. It was impossible for us to pick the best.  So we asked you to do it!   

Based on your online votes, here are the five category winners and their poems: 

Best Ode to Miami Spanglish - Lauren Fernandez, Miami

Exciting and Extravagant.
Guajiros in Bentleys.
Tostones and Champagne.
That’s so Miami.

Best Ode to Miami Food - Cristina Rodriguez, Miami

Thanksgiving in Miami

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