Julia Duba

Reporter/producer

Julia Duba is a reporter and producer for WLRN-Miami Herald News.

She co-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, where she was a staff writer and editor for the FIU Student Media newspaper The Beacon. She then interned with WLRN in the summer of 2013 and began working with WLRN as the morning producer.

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Miami History
3:42 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Local Bar Tobacco Road Finds A New Home

The iconic neon sign above the entrance reads, "Tobacco Road Liquor Bar 'til 5 AM"
Credit Michael Scott Sheerin

Tobacco Road, known as the oldest bar in Miami, has secured a new home.

The iconic bar had its last call in October, and since then patrons have been waiting to hear where Tobacco Road would take up residence. 

The bar is expected to reopen in January 2016 at 69 Southwest Seventh Street.

A lot of the old pieces of Tobacco Road will become decorative memorabilia along the walls of the new location, like handbills, fliers from past events and photos. The bartop and the neon sign also made it out of the old place.

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News
3:04 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Miami Beach Looking At Late-Night Outdoor Liquor Ban

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Miami Beach commissioners are considering a proposal by Mayor Philip Levine to ban outdoor liquor sales after 2 a.m.

The proposal is meant to curb intoxication on Ocean Drive where last call at its sidewalk bars and restaurants can be as late as 5 a.m.

Levine says he’s spoken with law enforcement about how to bring back a more family-friendly environment to the strip.

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Transportation
4:55 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Tri-Rail's New Miami Station Off To Rocky Start

Credit Hector Gabino / Miami Herald

The launch to Tri-Rail's new stop at the Miami International Airport was off to a rocky launch last week.

The new station eliminates the need to travel by shuttle from the Hialeah station to get to the airport, saving passengers about 20 minutes. But some passengers who expected a short trip to the airport, experienced delays of up to an hour.

South Florida Regional Transportation Authority spokesperson Bonnie Arnold says the issue came from Tri-Rail running its own dispatch and maintenance of the track. It was formerly run by CSX Transportation in Jacksonville.

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#MB100
4:10 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

10 Movies, TV Shows That Were Shot In Miami Beach

Ocean Drive Art Deco District on Miami Beach.
Credit Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

Miami Beach turns 100 this month.

The city has a short history compared to others around the country, but Miami Beach has become a world-class destination. And that's thanks in part to some of the movies and TV shows that were shot on the island.

From the hilarious "Jackie Gleason Show" in the 1960s to the gritty 1980s "Scarface," here are 10 movies and TV shows that portrayed the unique Miami Beach on big and small screens.

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Law Enforcement
12:20 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Timeline: Incidents That Have Hurt Police-Community Relations In South Florida

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On Friday, March 21, Fort Lauderdale police fired three of its officers for "racist text messages exchanged among themselves and 'former police officers.'"

That was only the latest in a string of incidents involving race, police and the communities they serve.

Scroll below to see a timeline of these events.

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Florida Roundup
11:31 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Florida Roundup: The DEP Ban On 'Climate Change'

Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to reporters outside Hialeah’s Casa Maiz restaurant Monday.
Credit Patti Mazzei / Miami Herald

Gov. Rick Scott's office is continuing to deny that the administration unofficially banned the use of the terms "climate change" and "global warming" after former state employees said they were told not to use those words. 

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Politics
12:05 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Florida Roundup: Technical Problems Delay Testing In South Florida School Districts

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Technical problems this week delayed testing in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Testing didn't resume until three days later on Thursday.

The Florida Senate moved forward with a bill to limit testing.

Gov. Rick Scott gave an upbeat State of the State address in the midst of a challenging start to his administration's second term.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties' legislative delegations take their priority measures to Tallahassee.

The Miami International Film Festival kicks off today.

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Politics
11:34 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Florida Roundup: Police Relations With South Florida's Minority Communities

Fort Lauderdale Police Chief addresses the press on Tuesday regarding a police officer who was caught on camera slapping and pushing a homeless man.
Credit Miami Herald

The U.S. Justice Department this week announced it will not charge George Zimmerman with civil rights violations in the case of the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Martin's death preceded several recent killings of young, unarmed black men that have sent protesters to the streets, renewing the conversation about police relations with minority communities.

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Film Industry
3:56 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Omni CRA Hosts Job Fair To Build Miami Film Studio

Applicants stand in line at the Omni CRA job fair on Thursday.
Credit Julia Duba / WLRN

About 250 people lined up for a job fair hosted by The Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) on Thursday near downtown Miami to hire workers for the construction of the Florida Film and Television Center.

North Carolina film company EUE/Screen Gems Studios has partnered with the Omni CRA to build the 82,000-square-foot studio at Northwest Miami Court and 14th Street.

Pieter Bockweg is the executive director of the Omni CRA. He says not only will the studio create jobs in the community but it will revitalize the area.

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Highway Graffiti
2:34 am
Mon February 16, 2015

South Florida's Graffiti Problem In The '90s Had An Emblem: "Crook Crome"

Crook and Crome's mural in 1999 done about two weeks before Crook's arrest.
CW Griffin Miami Herald

South Florida’s graffiti problem in the 1990’s had a poster child: Crook and Crome.

They had tags in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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The Florida Roundup
10:53 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Florida Roundup: Could 2015 Be Florida's Year For Medicaid Expansion?

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In gearing up for a potential presidential bid, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush talked education at a summit in Tallahassee.

With the intention of releasing his emails from his time as Florida's governor, Bush also released some Floridians' personal information like Social Security numbers. 

Miami-Dade legislators say Florida may finally be expanding Medicaid this year.

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Newscast
6:49 am
Mon February 2, 2015

February 2, 2015: Rick Scott's Proposed Budget, Florida's Large Obamacare Enrollment

  Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Politics
11:01 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Florida Roundup: Fidel Castro On U.S.-Cuba Relations

Fidel Castro in 2014.
Credit ALEX CASTRO / AP FILE

Six weeks after President Barack Obama announced efforts to normalize relations with Cuba, former Cuba leader Fidel Castro writes a letter of reserved-approval for the plan.

Cuba President Raul Castro said this week that relations with the United States can only be rehabilitated if  the U.S. returns Guantanamo Bay to the island and the embargo is lifted.

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New Year's Resolutions
12:30 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Miami Beach Man Celebrates 40 Years Of Daily Run On The Sand

Robert "Raven" Kraft is celebrating the 40-year anniversary of his daily eight-mile run on the sands of South Beach. The 64-year-old hasn't missed a single day since starting his run on Jan. 1, 1975. Kraft ran with a group of regulars and some newcomers Tuesday on the eve of his 40th year.
Credit Carl Juste / Miami Herald

On New Year's Day, a South Florida man will celebrate 40 years of running each day on the Miami Beach sand.

Robert "Raven" Kraft, 64, began his daily routine on New Year’s Day in 1975. He hasn’t missed his 8-mile run since, despite battling chronic back pain, hurricanes, and the flu.

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Marriage Equality
1:05 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Publix Will Extend Coverage To Employees' Same-Sex Spouses

Publix at 1181 S. University Dr. in Plantation.
Credit Candace West / Miami Herald File

Publix will extend insurance plans to same-sex spouses of employees who are legally married.

The company announced that it will open enrollment on Jan. 1 for any employee who can who show proof of lawful marriage in a state where same-sex unions are allowed.

The couples will get the same health care coverage as any heterosexual couple.

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