Kelley Mitchell

Kelley Mitchell is an Oklahoma City, OK native and a McMahon Journalism Scholar at the University of Oklahoma.

 She has previously worked at The Edmond Evening Sun in Edmond, OK. 

Kelley has spent most of her career in radio and television, previously at WKY radio, KOCO-TV (ABC) in Oklahoma City, OK, WJBK-TV (CBS) in Detroit, MI and WPXI-TV (NBC) in Pittsburgh, PA.

 Kelley moved to South Florida in 1991 and has been an anchor and reporter for WSVN-TV (FOX) and WPLG-TV (ABC.) She joined WLRN-Miami Herald News in June 2011.

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Development
5:46 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Remember That Proposed City Center For Pembroke Pines?

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City Center was supposed to be the start of a new way of life for residents of Pembroke Pines.

A downtown of sorts with shopping, restaurants and even a new civic center. A way to reign in the urban sprawl that defines so much of West Broward and make it feel more like a cohesive community.

Also, maybe a bit of a money-maker for the city.

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Development
4:40 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

How Miami Wants To Revitalize Downtown

Biscayne Boulevard Can Be A Pedestrian Obstacle Course
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Imagine sipping an iced cappuccino on Flagler Street beneath a lush shade tree, next to the very road that really kicked off Miami. Or meandering through a long, lazy park inserted in the middle of Biscayne Boulevard, just north of the InterContinental Miami Hotel and Resort.

Not possible, you say?

Quite possible, says Javier Betancourt, the Deputy Directory of the Miami Downtown Development Authority.

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She Tells You More
6:59 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Miami Honors NPR Host Michel Martin

NPR's "Tell Me More" host Michel Martin.
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Don't be surprised if you see Michel Martin tearing up a bit on Thursday, May 8, when she visits Miami to receive this year's Hank Meyer Headliner Award -- even she's worried about crying a little.

It's her very pathos and determination to pull people from all aspects of life into roundtable discussions and in-depth interviews that have earned the host of NPR's "Tell Me More" the award, from the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews.

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Legalizing
9:21 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Why Rep. Katie Edwards Supports Medical Marjiuana

Rep. Katie Edwards supports the research of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
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Before there was a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Florida on this coming November ballot, there was West Broward Representative Katie Edwards.

She represents parts of Davie, Plantation and Sunrise.

A democrat from District 98 with a background in agriculture and applied economics -- along with a law degree -- Edwards first made a legislative effort to address the possibility of medical marijuana in 2013.

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LGBT Rights
5:58 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Meet The New Leader Of Gay Advocacy Group SAVE

SAVE's TOGETHER Campaign Kickoff. March 29, 2014.
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It's the largest advocacy group for gay rights in South Florida and it's once again known as SAVE -- Safeguarding American Values for Everyone.

Twenty-one years ago, SAVE was originally known as SAVE  -- and then it morphed into SAVE Dade.

It was started in 1993 by a small group of people who decided to fight against Anita Bryant’s anti-gay "Save our Children" campaign.

The Bryant campaign helped repeal Miami-Dade’s Human Rights Ordinance, the nation’s first county-wide ordinance that included banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

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MDPLS Contest
6:21 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Teens Can Find Time To Rhyme During National Poetry Month

Brian Colleary of the Miami-Dade Public Library System and 2013 poetry contest winner James Lachterman at the WLRN Studios.
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It was the Everglades that brought out the poet in Coral Gables High School student James Lachterman.

And in under 20 lines of rhyme, the then 15-year-old was able to capture a prize in the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s contest for teen poets.

And now, with April and National Poetry Month upon us again, the search is on for the next winners. Young adults from the ages of 12-19 are eligible, with a valid library card, of course.

This year’s theme is technology.

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'United For Care'
3:32 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Why An Orlando Attorney Supports Medical Marijuana

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On Nov. 4, state voters will decide whether to make medical marijuana legal.

The proposed constitutional amendment got enough petition signatures to make it onto the ballot and it also survived a Florida Supreme Court challenge by state Attorney General Pam Bondi.

John Morgan is an Orlando-based personal injury attorney who spearheaded the drive under the "United For Care" campaign.

Here he talks about what led him to the decision to start the effort to legalize medical marijuana.

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Latin America Report
3:15 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Crist And Cuba: Is Florida Ready For An Embargo Reversal?

Charlie Crist (left) announces his anti-embargo stance to Bill Maher.
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What does Charlie know that we don’t know?

Charlie Crist, Florida’s ex-Republican governor and now its leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate, assumed a real political risk this month: He called on Washington to lift the 52-year-old U.S. trade embargo against communist Cuba.

In an interview with WLRN, Crist insisted his changed stance is a matter of common sense.

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They Loved Us, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
8:11 am
Fri February 14, 2014

How The Beatles Stole Miami's Heart (And Vice Versa)

The Beatles came to Florida in 1964.
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Suffice it to say, almost everyone tries to score a trip to South Florida in February.

And, in February of 1964, that was true of the band almost everyone wanted to see: The Beatles.

Trade Liverpool for the swimming pool -- that's what John, Paul, George and Ringo did.

Fresh off their record-setting performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles made one more stop in Washington, D.C. for their first public U.S. concert.

But Sullivan the showman knew what he had. And he wasn't letting it go so quick.

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Maybe Not The Final Act
7:53 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Can The Curtain Rise Again At Coconut Grove Playhouse?

The Coconut Grove Playhouse: Will The Famous Facade Get To Stay?
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You didn’t even have to live in South Florida to know about the Coconut Grove Playhouse.

It began life as a movie theater – the Player’s State Theater.

And when it opened its doors on Jan. 3, 1927, it was part of the Paramount chain.

Designed by architect Richard Kiehnel of Kiehnel and Elliott, it came back in a time when theaters were meant to be as grand as the productions they would show.

Local realtors Irving J. Thomas and Fin L. Pierce were the builders. And another well known Grove name was the contractor – Albert Peacock.

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Tattoos Are Clues
7:26 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

How MIA Spots Human Traffickers And Their Victims

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The Code Kristi program at Miami International Airport to spot human traffickers and their victims has been in place since 2012. It all came about when Ken Pyatt, the Deputy Director of Miami-Dade County's Aviation Department, and in charge of security, attended a fundraiser for Kristi House. Kristi House is the county's child-advocacy arm that focuses on getting help for sexually abused children. At the fundraiser was a young girl who once had been trafficked and exploited for sex. She described how she was be forced in and out of a

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A Look At The Strategy
7:48 am
Mon January 27, 2014

How The Fight For Gay Marriage In Florida Began

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This week’s (Jan. 21)announcement that six Florida gay and lesbian couples were going to court to try to reverse the state ban on same-sex marriage has its roots in the 2008 election.

  That was when Amendment Two passed, defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

That’s when Equality Florida began looking at the court system as a strategy.

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Memories Of An Inaugural Poet
8:50 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Richard Blanco: The Poem Not Taken

2013 Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco
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Miami-raised poet Richard Blanco had planned to take his partner to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration to sit on the platform as he read the poem he composed for the event.

He could only have one guest. But his partner had another idea, Blanco says.

“He says, ‘It should really be your mom to go with with you. This is so much more about the American Dream story.'”

So Blanco picked up the phone to call his mother to ask her if she even wanted to go.

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Budgets
10:46 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Mayor Gimenez's Veto Prevails In County-Worker Pay Dispute

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The healthcare deduction for Miami-Dade County employees stays put. Commissioners failed by one vote to overturn Mayor Carlos Gimenez's veto on union workers' pay.

That means most county employees will continue to contribute 5 percent of their base pay toward group healthcare instead of getting that money restored as of Jan. 1, as commissioners had supported two weeks ago.

Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa switched her vote, saying she could not endorse eliminating the healthcare contribution if it could lead to employee layoffs.

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A Life Remembered
8:05 am
Mon November 25, 2013

My Little-Girl Memory Of JFK

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Allow me to be a little different when it comes to President Kennedy.

I'd like to remember when he was alive.

I was 6 years old in January of 1963. I got all dressed up in a light-brown, double-breasted wool coat with a darker brown, velveteen collar and a matching dark-brown, velveteen hat.

My parents and grandparents and I were going to the Oklahoma state capitol, where President Kennedy would deliver an outdoor address following the funeral of U.S. Sen. Robert S. Kerr.

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