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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News
6:13 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

NEWSCAST: Hurricane Sandy Speeds up; South Florida Winds Should Pick Up

Hurricane Sandy Gets Closer.
Credit Hungry

  Messy weather should be becoming increasingly windy weather beginning Thursday night and through tomorrow, say forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. As of 5:00 PM, Sandy remains a Category Two hurricane with 105 mile an hour winds. The storm is moving faster - 20 miles an hour to the north. Forecaster Todd Kimberlaine says the turn will keep South Florida out of the brunt of the storm. But the storm will morph some and the windfield should become even larger, so windy conditions are expected. 

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News
6:29 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

NEWSCAST: Lynn University Debate Through Voters' Eyes

What's Red and White and Blue All Over? Lynn University.
Lynn University

And now, on the other side of a pretty prestigious political night for South Florida - one last look at the Presidential debate at Lynn University.  Kenny Malone was onsite at Lynn University and wanted to watch the debate through the eyes of the Florida voter. 

Politics
7:15 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

NEWSCAST: The Show Is About To Go On

A Memorable Night For Lynn University.
Lynn University

Lynn University is getting ready for her close up. The third and final debate between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney is just a couple of hours away. The Boca Raton school that very few had even heard of is also on the national stage. 

News
6:28 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

NEWSCAST: How New Unemployment Numbers Add Up

The Job Hunt Goes On For Many.
Rachel Larue

 This is actually the last statewide and local jobs report we'll receive before Election Day on November 6th.The unemployment rate is down in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach Counties and statewide, but not for the same reasons. 

News
6:20 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

160 Florida Men Named In Boy Scouts' Documents Stemming From Sex Abuse Case

Boy Scouts' 'Pervision Files' Released.
stevejb68

At least 160 Florida men are on the list of  1,247 former Boy Scout leaders and volunteers accused of sexually abusing young scouts from the years between 19-65 and 19-85.

The information comes out of a lawsuit filed in Oregon by a firm that won an $18 million dollar judgment against the Boy Scouts two years ago.

Oregon Public Radio also pressed for the release of the documents.

Lawyers in that case say the Boy Scouts of America kept careful records of the suspects and allegations by flagging them as "ineligible to volunteer."

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News
6:20 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

NEWSCAST: Obama Campaign Memo Claims Victory In Voter Numbers

Obama Campaign Says New Voter Numbers Have Grown
Luke Sharrett

Debate performances aside, President Barack Obama is already claiming a "ground game" victory in Florida.

His campaign has sent out a memo touting gains made in voter registration and absentee voting numbers compared to four years ago

It also points out that the campaign never left Florida after the 2008 win over John McCain, and has trained 20-thousand people to register voters.

The campaign also says voter registration among black and Hispanic voters has increased substantially since the last election.

News
2:16 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

USAID Head Talks About Haiti

Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID
USAID

The head of the United States Agency for International Development was in South Florida to speak to Florida International University students about possible volunteer service with the government organization.

Rajiv Shah  stopped by the WLRN-Miami Herald studios and spoke at length about his agency’s work in earthquake-devastated Haiti.

“I’m very confident that Haiti will emerge a stronger and more resilient country."

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News
6:24 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

NEWSCAST: Eyeball Appears To Be 'Fishy' In Nature

Big Blue May Belong To Swordfish.
Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission

The mystery of the giant eyeball is closer to being solved. The softball-sized blue eyeball was found in the sand in Pompano Beach and most likely came from a swordfish. That's the conclusion by the state wildlife research laboratory.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the size and color do match up to that of a swordfish. They will continue genetic testing to see if they can determine what type of swordfish. 

Arts
6:14 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Vizcaya Museum And Gardens $2 Million Skylight Complete

Tuesday (October 16th, 2012) is the unveiling of a two million dollar upgrade to the skylight at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.  Museum officials says it's the largest construction project since 1914  at the home once owned by industrialist James Deering.  Vizcaya had the same problems as any run-of-the-mill home that's almost 100 years old It's skylight had gotten a little shabby. It was leaking, in disrepair and not even up to hurricane code. The new glass and steel courtyard cover no longer blocks the view of Biscayne Bay, and can now capture rainwater t

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News
6:20 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

NEWSCAST: Construction Firm Owner Says Crane Hit Garage

Miami Dade College Doral parking garage
Gregory A. Castillo

There is at least the first possibility of an explanation into why that five-story section of parking garage collapsed at the Miami-Dade College West Campus in Doral. It was hit with a crane two days before. That's coming directly from the owner of the construction company building the garage complex. Bill Byrne is the President and CEO of Ajax Building Corporation and says the crane struck a garage column in the outer portion of the building, but did not say if the impact happened in the quadrant that collapsed.  He also says inspectors checked the building and crane after it happened and

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News
6:38 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

NEWSCAST: New Florida Poll Gives Romney 7 Point Lead

Mitt Romney on the campaign trail.
Photo: Roger Barone/TRNS

A new Mason-Dixon poll now shows G.O.P.

Education
2:39 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Miami-Dade School System Inducts 14 Into Hall Of Fame

Former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham is a student for the night.

Fourteen of Miami-Dade Public School System's better-known and accomplished graduates were inducted into the first official Hall of Fame, Monday night at the New World Center in Miami Beach.

Arts
10:20 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Coconut Grove Playhouse Set For State Takeover

The Coconut Grove Playhouse has been closed since 2006.
ImageMD flickriver.com

The nonprofit board of the Coconut Grove Playhouse has decided not to try to block the state from coming in and taking back the historic 1926 theater. 

That means the state could be in charge of the facility by next week. 

The theater has been closed for six years because of financial problems and there are still unresolved claims against it.

However, Miami-Dade County has set aside $20 million designated for the theater and there is a strong possibility the Playhouse could be deeded to the county by the state.

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Arts
7:40 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Bacardi Buildings To Become New Arts Headquarters

Bacardi Tower.

The iconic Bacardi Tower and Museum located north of downtown Miami has been sold.

And in keeping with its artistic exterior, its interior will serve as a new home to the arts.

National YoungArts, Foundation,  created by Ted and Lin Arison in 1981, will set up shop in the blue-and-white-tiled building, which was designated historic in 2009.

The tower and the nearby smaller stained-glass building complex will be revamped in part by Frank Gehry, who designed the New World Symphony's home on Miami Beach.

The purchase price is $10 million.

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Remembering Andrew
11:25 am
Thu August 9, 2012

The Old Cul-de-Sac Where Hurricane Survivors Became Family

The cul-de-sac barbecue on the fifith anniversary of Hurricane Andrew.
Lisa Mongelia

We’ve been listening to your stories and memories of Hurricane Andrew and life afterward. Many people have told us that one of their strongest memories from after the storm is how neighbors–who might have usually just walked from their car to their door without saying hello–banded together.

In one Cutler Bay neighborhood, people were already friendly and helpful. As the storm was coming, they helped each other put up shutters. But after the storm, the neighbors became a kind of surrogate family.

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