Julia Duba

Morning producer

As the morning producer for WLRN, Julia can make the perfect espresso while half asleep.

She was born and raised in Miami and graduated from Florida International University, where she was a multimedia reporter for the South Florida News Service.

Julia fell in love with public radio, interned with WLRN and then fell in love with Miami. She learns something new about Miami every day -- like who designed South Beach's pastel palette.

Julia now keeps FIU and WLRN connected as co-director of alumni relations for the university's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

According to Julia, the only thing better than chocolate is great audio.

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News
6:03 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Slideshow: How South Florida Helped Train D-Day Troops

Servicemen march along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Circa 1944.
HistoryMiami

 

Before American soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, troops were preparing for D-Day on the beaches of South Florida.

They were doing jumping jacks on the sand in Miami Beach.

In the sky were big, green military planes.

That’s because before Florida was prime real estate for waterfront mansions and tourism, it was the perfect place to train soldiers.

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Newscast
9:17 am
Thu June 5, 2014

June 5, 2014: Palm Beach County Prepares For Mosquito-Borne Illness

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Newscast
10:35 am
Tue June 3, 2014

June 3, 2014: The Federal Government Unveils New Proposals Targeting Greenhouse Gases

  Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

 

   

    

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News
3:20 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Politifact Rates Beckham Stadium Opposition Group's Claim False

An artistic rendering of David Beckham's proposed soccer stadium. Politifact Florida rated the claim that building a soccer stadium at PortMiami would threaten jobs at the port as false.
Credit Miami Beckham United

PolitiFact Florida has rated false an ad put out by a group opposing David Beckham's proposed soccer stadium in downtown Miami. The Miami Seaport Alliance claims the stadium would threaten PortMiami jobs.

The group, led by Royal Caribbean Cruises, put out television and radio ads claiming that building a soccer stadium near PortMiami would threaten 207,000 port jobs.

That number comes from a 2012 report, before the stadium was proposed.

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All Aboard Florida
4:11 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Panel For Miami-Orlando Railroad Project Talks Sustainable Transportation

All Aboard Florida held a panel discussion at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Credit Julia Duba

You might call it an understatement to say that traffic is an issue in South Florida. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez put it this way:

"There are two man-made things you can see from space. One is the Great Wall of China. The other one is the Dade-Broward line."

On Tuesday, a panel of county and state transportation officials came together at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to discuss the plans for All Aboard Florida's passenger rail service.

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All Aboard Florida
3:34 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Railroad Project Connecting Miami To Orlando Sparks Debate

All Aboard Florida's plans for a Miami-Orlando train is spurring debate.
Credit All Aboard Florida

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade and Florida transportation officials will gather at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to discuss a huge railroad project.

All Aboard Florida's $1.5 billion project that would connect Miami to the Orlando is spurring debate.

All Aboard Florida, a subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, would be a privately run commuter railroad along Henry Flagler’s tracks in South Florida.

The services would include stops in downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and the Orlando Airport.

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Transportation
8:57 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Downtown Fort Lauderdale To Invest In Trolley Improvements

Fort Lauderdale's new trolley will be more handicap accessible and fuel-efficient.
Credit Suntrolley.com

Downtown Fort Lauderdale has a new fuel-efficient and cheaper bus. It's got bigger windows and is boxier -- and it's painted like a trolley.

The older trolley buses in Fort Lauderdale weren't up to date on things like handicap access regulations and fuel-efficiency costs. Fort Lauderdale commissioners should be accepting a federal grant today to pay for the trolley-style buses. 

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News
6:58 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Mayor Gimenez proposes new location for Beckham's stadium

A rendering of Beckham's proposed stadium.
Credit Miami Beckham United

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is proposing a new location for David Beckham’s soccer stadium, and it was on the radar six months ago.

It’s a boat slip in downtown Miami on Biscayne Bay, between Museum Park and the AmericanAirlines Arena. Gimenez says the boat slip location would fill in the land and create a pedestrian walkway on Biscayne Bay.

The location had previously raised environmental issues between officials. But Gimenez said that because the boat slip is manmade, he had gotten the okay from environmental groups.

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Regional Awards
4:07 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Young South Florida Theater Companies Take Home Carbonells

Island City Stage’s ‘The Timekeepers’ won a half-dozen Carbonell Awards, including best production of a play and best actor for Michael McKeever (standing behind table).
Credit Robert Figueroa

Broward Center for the Performing Arts hosted the 38th annual Carbonell Awards ceremony Monday, March 31. The awards go to regional theater groups. And this year, young groups took home plenty of awards.

Island City Stage is less than two years old, and it took home half a dozen awards. Michael McKeever won best actor for a play called "The Timekeepers" -- an Island City Stage production. Slow Burn Theater is a 4-year-old company and it was nominated for 10 awards.

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News
2:16 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

GRAPHIC: I-595's Reversible Lanes Open Today

An overview of the I-595 Reversible Express Lanes, which opens in late March.
Credit Florida Department of Transportation

Broward County drivers now have three extra lanes on I-595. 

And they’re reversible. The three lanes start at 136th Avenue and run through Florida’s Turnpike.

It’s the first congestion-busting scheme of its kind in South Florida and officials have been prepping commuters to use the changeable lanes.

The reversible lanes are sandwiched like a median between the general-purpose lanes. Gates will open and close to guide drivers in and out of them – and keep people from going the wrong way. 

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News
6:38 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Why Florida's Immigrant Children Must Wait Five Years For Health Care

Severiana Novas-Francois and two of her daughters. Under Florida law, Novas-Francois has to wait until her children have lived here for five years to qualify for the subsidized health insurance known as Florida Kidcare.
Credit Courtesy of Severiana Novas-Francois

In Florida, children who were born outside the United States -- and live here lawfully -- have to wait five years to qualify for the subsidized health care program known as Florida KidCare.

Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, are sponsoring legislation to drop the five-year waiting period.

The law made its third trip to the legislature this year, and will get its first hearing in the Senate committee Tuesday.

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News
1:25 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Bill Would Eliminate Health-Care Enrollment Waiting Period For Immigrant Children

The proposed bill would open Florida KidCare to an estimated 26,000 children.
Credit FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Under Florida law, children who are born outside the United States and live here legally must wait five years to qualify for the subsidized health insurance known as Florida Kidcare.

Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, are proposing a bill to change that during this year's Legislative session.

Before 2009, the waiting period was a federal requirement.

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Stamps And Romance
3:25 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

For $50,000, You Can Buy Your Valentine This Victorian Love Letter

Clara Dwight Marsh received a love letter from Samuel Eager in 1857.
Credit American Stamp Dealers Association

There are many ways to send a Valentine's Day greeting in 2014 -- text, email, social media.

But in 1857, there weren't so many.

A passionate love letter from Samuel Eager to Clara Dwight Marsh is being displayed at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Convention Center.

The Sun Sentinel reports that the tiny letter along with a rare stamp is on display at the American Stamp Dealers Association convention.

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Earthquake
8:49 am
Mon January 20, 2014

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Haiti

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that a 3.3 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti about 6 miles southwest of Carrefour at 1:56 a.m. this morning.

A USGS map shows that there have been tremors near the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in the last few days. 

About two weeks ago, there was a 5.1 magnitude earthquake between Key West and Cuba.

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News
11:21 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Miami Closes Two More Parks Over Potential Soil Contamination

Credit Christine DiMattei

  Two more public parks in Miami are closing after potential contamination was found in the parks' soil.

The city announced Monday that it will close Billy Rolle Domino Park at 3400 Grand Ave. in Coconut Grove, and Southside Park at 100 SW 11th St. near Brickell.

The Department of Environmental Resource Management will collect more samples to determine what's next for the parks.

For the past few months, several Miami-Dade parks have closed because of soil contamination.

In September, Miami-Dade County ordered that all 112 of its parks be inspected.

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