Katie Lepri

Engagement Producer

Katie Lepri is WLRN's engagement producer. 

A couple of weeks ago, WLRN launched a project called Palm Readers asking you to submit questions about South Florida that you'd like our newsroom to dig into.

We asked you for questions and you answered our call. Dozens of questions about South Florida's people, culture and landmarks were sent in and a handful of them are now under consideration. 

RELATED: Have a burning question to ask? Here's how to submit

WLRN News is launching a new project. It’s called Palm Readers. No, we're not becoming psychics, but our newsroom does want to help answer some questions you might have about life here in South Florida.

Luis Hernandez sat down with Engagement producer Katie Lepri recently to discuss  how the project works and how you can get involved. 

H: What is Palm Readers

L: It's a community-driven journalism project. Basically, we want to know what you want to know. Really.

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Harvey Mattel says there are two kinds of radio collectors: Those who collect for what's on the inside and those who collect for what's on the outside.

He's the latter. 

But you would never know this unless you stepped inside his house or caught a glimpse of the inside of his office. By day, this 67 year old man is a lawyer in Fort Lauderdale. During his off hours, thought, he's a full-fledged radio collector and enthusiast.

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Americans gathered at a number of U.S. airports over the weekend – including Miami International Airport, Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Palm Beach International Airport – to protest President Donald J. Trump’s order to keep many foreigners out of the country.

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Authorities are still assessing damage in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties after two tornadoes touched ground early Monday morning. 

Two crews from the National Weather Service in Miami inspected damage in South Florida -- one in Miami-Dade County in Hialeah and Miami Springs, the second in Palm Beach County near Palm Beach and Juno Springs. 

Watches and warnings were issued Sunday, but some civilians were caught by surprise as the storm crept up on them early Monday morning. 

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The crowd filled two city blocks near a memorial dedicated to soldiers who died in the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961.

They danced to a Celia Cruz cover of “I will survive” and chanted "libertad, libertad, libertad." 

For many in Miami's Cuban-American exile community, the pain of Fidel Castro's rule, and the joy of his death, are deeply personal. Less than a week after the reviled and revered Cuban revolutionary passed, Little Havana continued to celebrate life after Fidel with a rally on Calle Ocho. 

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The sheet music for Symphony No. I-95 includes musical notations like ‘wipers on’ and ‘sustained honk.’

It’s a live performance that remakes traffic noises — beeps, honks, engines revving — into an organized orchestral production with cars.   

This is what artist and musician Steve Parker calls an "automobile choir."

Kate Stein / WLRN

Thousands of people took to the streets of Miami late Friday with Cuban flags, pots and pans, cafecitos and cigars in reaction to the announcement of the death of Fidel Castro by the Cuban government


South Florida Stories, In 6 Words

Nov 16, 2016
Katie Lepri / WLRN

Would you be able to encapsulate all the wonders/horrors/comedy/tragedy of living in South Florida in just six words? 

Well, that's precisely what we asked our audience to do in the #6WordsMiami project, our latest collaboration with the Miami Book Fair.

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Florida helped propel Donald Trump to his historic presidential win. 

Record voter turnout in South Florida -- and the Democratic votes that came -- were not enough to hold off a surge of voters for Trump almost everywhere else. 

Hispanics did not support Hillary Clinton in large enough numbers and some were not put off by Trump’s rhetoric about immigration. Instead, the economics and strong on crime and trade messages resonated with Florida voters.

Decision Florida talks with the head of Hispanic outreach for the Republicans and state party officials.  

Associated Press

With less than one week to go before the November 8  presidential election and polls showing her rival Donald Trump closing in, the democratic candidate Hillary Clinton hit the gas pedal looking for a win in South Florida that will help carry the state. 

"You know what happened in 2000. Every vote counts, especially here in Broward County," said Clinton Tueday evening during her second visit to Fort Lauderdale in two days, this time for a rally at the Reverend Samuel Delve Memorial Park in Fort Lauderdale. 

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy were quick to dig into each other’s resumes on stage at the second U.S. Senate debate on Wednesday night. 

A recent poll from Real Clear Politics says the race is close. Rubio has a 3.6 percentage point lead over Murphy, 47 to 43.4.

But the focus at the debate at Broward County’s main campus two weeks before the Nov. 8 election was personal attacks, not numbers. 

Katie Lepri / WLRN

Little blue and white circular H stickers peppered people's shirts as they stood in front of fields of black muck waiting for  President Bill Clinton's voter registration rally to start in Belle Glade Tuesday afternoon. 

The former president celebrated his 41st wedding anniversary making a case for his wife's education and infrastructure plans in western Palm Beach County. 

"The federal court in Tallahassee gave us an extra day of registration," he said. "Take advantage of it."

Katherine Lepri / WLRN

If you tried calling the main public library in Downtown Miami Saturday night, instead of a regular greeting you heard: “Hogwarts Library, Dumbledore speaking”.

 

Facebook recently announced it will be making  new changes to its mythical algorithm,  the formula that decides what postings you see in your timeline. According to the company, it will give emphasis to content published by "friends and family" over content published by news organizations and pages that you like. 

In practice, this means that the average user will miss valuable news updates and other content produced by news organizations and other pages.

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