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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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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Newscast
8:05 am
Mon December 29, 2014

December 29, 2014: Fort Lauderdale Plans To Host Mass Gay Weddings

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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News
8:14 am
Fri December 26, 2014

December 26, 2014: Cleveland Cavs Lose To Miami Heat on Christmas Day

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Crime
11:49 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Park Shooting Adds To List Of 2014 Miami-Dade Mass Shootings

Police are investigating a basketball court shooting in West Little River which left nine injured on Monday.
Credit CBS4 News

Nine people were shot and wounded at West Little River Park while playing basketball Monday afternoon.

The shooter allegedly opened fire from the passenger seat of a Nissan Maxima, Miami-Dade County police said.

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the head and is in critical but stable condition. Police say the other eight victims were shot in their extremities and are expected to fully recover.

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College Sports
6:48 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

FAU Will Get A New Athletics Building Before Class Of '18 Graduates

Artist renderings of The Complex's main entrance.
Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University just got the biggest grant in the school's history to build a new athletics facility to help its football team grow.

The new building, which will be called The Complex, will have a sports medicine center, a history and tradition hall, an academic center nearby and an indoor practice field.

The Schmidt Family Foundation is giving an initial $16 million to build The Complex.

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Newscast
7:43 am
Mon December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014: Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends Over The Weekend

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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News
3:01 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Attorney General Pam Bondi Releases Holiday Shopping Guide

Credit Rick Scott/flickr

Although Black Friday is nearing its final hours, Cyber Monday is around the corner. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is giving consumers her own version of a holiday shopping guide.

The online guide is 114 pages long and includes tips on making online purchases and how to avoid charity scams.  

Bondi says she wants help consumers have a "safe and enjoyable shopping experience." 

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News
3:57 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

New Bill Proposes Regulations To Florida's "Sober Homes"

Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, offers debate during consideration of a measure on the House floor, March 6, 2012.
Credit myfloridahouse.gov

Sober homes are transitional housing for people who have gone through rehab. State Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, is reintroducing a bill to regulate them.

Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein says the homes are intruding on quiet neighborhoods by attracting drug dealers who typically target people recently released from rehab.

Hager tried to pass a bill regulating sober homes during the 2014 legislative session, but it failed after disputes between leaders in the House and Senate. The leadership has since changed.

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Halloween
6:11 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

A History Of The Biltmore, Miami's Best Known Creepy Hotel

Looking east over the golf course at the Miami Biltmore Hotel.
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/24482

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables wasn't always a hotel. 

It was built in 1926 by a young developer named George Merrick, who's known as the founder of Coral Gables. 

The hotel became a place to host glamorous fashion shows, galas, golf tournaments and water shows in what was then the largest pool in the world.

At a loud party on the 13th floor of the hotel, a gangster named Thomas "Fatty" Walsh was shot and killed by another gangster. That murder yielded a lot of ghost rumors over the years.

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Arts
6:32 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

A Miami Theater Group Hosts A Play ... On Bikes

Actors potraying Julia Tuttle and Nikola Tesla in a scene outside HistoryMiami.
Julia Duba

Over the last few years, bicycle culture has been picking up speed around South Florida.

The Front Yard Theater Collective has combined bicycles and culture.

In its latest play, the troupe performed its scenes at different locations in downtown Miami, and the audience rode on bicycles from one spot to another. It was called “History On Wheels.”

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The Florida Roundup
3:43 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Florida Roundup: Poll Shows Gubernatorial Race Is A Close Call

Credit FlickR/Gage Skidmore

On the Florida Roundup: the close race between Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, and what the price tag is for each candidate's campaign.

Also, about three dozen guards were fired by the Florida Department of Corrections, accused of misconduct in the deaths of inmates.

Miami Vice, the popular '80s cop show, turns 30 this year. Host Tom Hudson is joined by journalists Gary Fineout, Jim Turner, Julie Brown, Tim Padgett and Howard Cohen. 

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Transportation
4:35 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Beefed Up Patrol On A1A To Quell Tensions Between Pedestrians, Drivers, Cyclists

Credit freedigitalphotos.net

Drivers complain about cyclists taking over the road. Cyclists complain about drivers not sharing the road. Pedestrians are afraid of getting hit while crossing the road.

Palm Beach County's police department and the Florida Highway Patrol will be on the lookout this week to make sure everyone's following the rules.

It's the second time police take over to make sure everyone's behaving on the road. The first time around, police issued 148 warnings and 175 citations between Palm Beach and Hillsboro Beach.

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Development
4:33 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Miramar Prepares To Build 5,000-Seat Amphitheater

Artist rendering of the Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater.
Credit Courtesy of the City of Miramar

The new theater at Miramar Regional Park is being built on the hopes that it will bring national events and major concerts to the venue. Filling 5,000 seats is a big undertaking.

Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton is smaller -- 3,400 seats. When it opened in 2002, it had trouble booking events. The non-profit that ran the theater then moved its operations to the City of Boca Raton.

The City of Miramar is running the new theater and trying to fill seats by working with the ticket vendor Live Nation.

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