Julia Duba

Associate Producer of News and Public Affairs

Julia Duba is Associate Producer of News and Public Affairs.

She produces WLRN's The Florida Roundup and loves to tell stories about South Florida's history, like the two notorious Miami taggers who marked the rise and fall of graffiti on I-95, the haunted tales of the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables and how South Florida helped train D-Day soldiers for World War II.

Duba is a Miami native and graduated from Florida International University and interned with WLRN in the summer of 2013 and began working with WLRN as morning producer and reporter.

April is poetry month and O, Miami and WLRN are celebrating by bringing back #ZipOdes!

The rules are simple: enter your 5-digit zip code into our ZipOde Generator. Every ZipOde is five lines long. Each digit determines how many words per line. Enter your email address and then submit.

Arnulfo Franco / File, Associated Press

The Pamana Papers have been making headlines around the world in just over a week.

And while it may be surprising news for most people, industry insiders say offshore corporations have been guilty of wrongdoing for a long time.

The leaked documents have raised the question of whether this scandal will finally change the way offshore companies operate and if regulators will push for more transparency.

Read the Miami Herald's full coverage of the Panama Papers

Desmond Boylan / AP

President Obama's visit to Cuba this week drew criticism from Miami and praise from Cubans.

Cubans in Havana watched President Obama speak directly to them on live television, knowing that Cuban president Raul Castro was in the same room listening on. 

"I want the Cuban people, especially the young people, to understand why I believe that you should look to the future with hope, not the false promise which insists that things are better than they really are, or the blind optimism that says all your problems can go away tomorrow," said President Obama in a speech in Havana.

Tom Hudson / WLRN

President Obama is going to Cuba this weekend.

WLRN's Tom Hudson and Tim Padgett are there awaiting Obama's visit. What is the mood in Havana ahead of the historic trip? And they're looking at the changes that have occurred since the two nations started talking again.

Donald Trump looks like the Republican nominee in this presidential election, while Florida's Senator Marco Rubio is back in the halls of the senate, now that’s he no longer running for president. But, what do we make of his claim that he won’t return to politics after January?

Courtesy of Portman Holdings

Voters in Miami Beach are deciding more who may run for the White House.

They also will decide if a new hotel should be built next to a renovated convention center.

The hotel would serve as headquarters for conventions. Supporters say it would bring more dollars to the city but opponents believe it would further overcrowd the city.

Plans for the hotel boast a modern 288-foot tall, 800-room building.

If voters approve the plan on March 15, the land would be leased to Portman Holdings. The developer says it will privately finance the $400 million project.

Marsha Halper / Miami Herald

As shootings of children dominate the headlines in Miami-Dade County, communities and police are searching for answers on how to solve and prevent these crimes.

Last weekend, 6-year-old King Carter was killed when he was caught in crossfire in the Blue Lake Village.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

South Florida leaders attended the annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit in Key West this week to come up with real solutions for combatting the effects of climate change, like sea-level rise.

“For the short-term there is a dramatic need to come to agreement with regards to some of the infrastructure standards,” said Jennifer Jurado, the director of Broward County Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division.

Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald

Soccer star David Beckham's group announced new plans on Friday for a soccer stadium near downtown Miami.

Miami Beckham United confirmed that the group secured a contract to buy a site in Overtown near downtown Miami and the Miami River. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez also issued a statement saying he signed a letter of intent to negotiate the sale.

The land is owned by the county's water and sewer department as well as private companies, which Beckham’s group has also approached about selling.

Jim Wyss / Miami Herald

In response to the Paris attacks one week ago, Florida Gov. Rick Scott joined more than half of the nations governors who called for "extensive" screening of Syrian migrants entering the United States.

One of the attackers who carried out the terrorist attacks in Paris that left more than 120 people dead appeared to be using a fake Syrian passport.

Courtesy All Aboard Florida

All Aboard Florida officially revealed models of its trains, with a new name: Brightline.

Those models are expected to become life-size and run from Miami to West Palm Beach in mid-2017 and farther north to Orlando later that year.

Brightline's yellow-streaked cars will offer food and drinks, facilities to transport pets, free wi-fi and power outlets at every seat.

But not everyone is on board with the rail link.

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