Katie Lepri

Engagement Producer

Katie Lepri is WLRN's engagement producer. 

What are you reading? WLRN wants to know — and we'll share what we, and other people in the South Florida community, are reading every week in this space.

Tell us what you're reading by replying in the comments, or tweet us @WLRN with the hashtag #FridayReads

Jeff Huffman, meteorologist at the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

EL NEUVO HERALD

We have a winner! (Did you know we held a voting round?)

It was a chance for you to help decide what Palm Readers question we'll dig into next.

WLRN's engagement producer worked with reporters and editors to narrow down a long list of questions to three that we were most interested in answering. Then we invited you, our listeners, to help us decide on a favorite.

The voting round lasted two weeks. And while it was neck-and-neck between two of the questions, one did emerge victorious. 

The question that received the most votes is (drum roll, please!): 

HistoryMiami

It's been almost 25 years since Hurricane Andrew roared through South Florida and we're collecting your stories and memories about the storm. 

The Category 5 hurricane flattened South Dade, with the worst of the damage stretching south of Kendall to Florida City. It destroyed more than 28,000 homes, left more than 180,000 people homeless and caused more than $25 billion in damage.

What are you reading? WLRN wants to know — and we'll share what we, and other people in the South Florida community, are reading every week in this space.

Tell us what you're reading by replying in the comments, or tweet us @WLRN with the hashtag #FridayReads

Cesar Becerra, Miami historian and lead tour guide for Educational Field Trips

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.

Carron Case / WLRN

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.

Amanda Rabines / WLRN News

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.

Teresa Frontado / WLRN

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. 

Katie Lepri / WLRN

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. 

Katie Lepri / WLRN

 

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.

CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES

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. 

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