Luis Hernandez

Host, Sundial/ Afternoon Anchor

Luis Hernandez is an award-winning journalist and host whose career spans three decades in cities across the U.S. He’s the host of WLRN’s newest daily talk show, Sundial (Mon-Thu), and the news anchor every afternoon during All Things Considered.

Luis joined the WLRN newsroom in 2014, and he’s no stranger to life in South Florida. He is a true Florida kid. He grew up in Palm Beach County, spent Hurricane Andrew in a closet in Doral, and has spent almost 40 years as a resident of the Sunshine State.

Before arriving at WLRN, Luis spent four years at KNPR in Las Vegas, as the host of the daily talk program, State of Nevada. While there, he worked to increase the station’s reach within the Hispanic community. He covered the 2012 presidential election from “Sin City,” as well as environmental issues, immigration policy, and the recovery from the 2008 housing disaster.

While working at WUFT, he mentored students from the University of Florida’s celebrated journalism program. He has spent roughly 14 years now in public broadcasting.

Before entering the realm of public radio, Luis worked in news and sports for Clear Channel Communications in Miami, West Palm Beach, and Jacksonville. He also spent two years in television at LeSea Broadcasting in Denver, Colorado.  

When he’s not behind the mic or on the phone with sources, he spends his free time trying to finish his “great American novel.”

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Sundial's guests for Thursday April 19, 2018: 

Dozens of students, parents and school staff in Broward County gathered for a discussion about campus safety with  Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie and his top administrators. WLRN's Jessica Bakeman was in attendance.

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Sundial's guests for Wednesday, April 18:

Cuba's Raul Castro stepped down and the new leader of the communist island is Miguel Diaz-Canel. WLRN's Tim Padgett discusses what the new president means for U.S.-Cuba relations.

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State Rep. Shevrin Jones, a South Broward Democrat,  is running for reelection. He joins us to discuss his stance on gun legislation and how his platform has changed.

Tim Padgett

The Human Rights Watch recently released a dispatch on a growing problem in Venezuela. Tamara Taraciuk Broner published her findings called Kids Behind Bars in Venezuela. She said on Sundial that government officials had arrested more than 400 minors.

The Miami Dade College Museum of Art and Design has a new director in Rina Carvajal and a new mission. We discussed a few of their latest exhibits still to come.

Miami Herald

The Ellies, a program launched today by ArtCenter South Florida, will award grants to local visual artists in Miami-Dade ranging from $2,500 to $25,000. The Ellies, which will give up to $500,000 total, is the brainchild of ArtCenter's new President and CEO Dennis Scholl.

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Guests for Sundial, Monday, February 5, 2018

Brendan Byrne, space reporter at WMFE in Orlando. The host of the podcast "Are We There Yet?"

Tim Cerio is a current commissioner on the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. The commission is in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday for a public hearing.

Fort Lauderdale City Government

Guests for Sundial Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018:

Fort Lauderdale's two mayoral candidates — Vice Mayor Bruce Roberts and District 2 Commissioner Dean Trantalis — joined host Luis Hernandez to discuss their campaign and priorities for the city. Voters will go to the polls to to elect a new mayor on March 13.

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Felecia Hatcher knows there are a lot of challenges in the black tech community.

Miami Herald

Sundial guests for Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Jessica Bakeman/WLRN Education Reporter gives us an update on the legislative session.

Author/Journalist Laura Wides-Munoz discusses her book "The Making of a Dream."

Felicia Hatcher/ Co-founder of Black Tech Week joins us to talk tech in South Florida.

Miami Herald

Sundial guests for Monday, January 29, 2018: 

Alice Bravo, Director of the Department of Transportation and Public Works in Miami-Dade.

Thomas Kennedy, Director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

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Sundial guests on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018: 

Tim Padgett, WLRN's Americas Editor discusses a controversial call for elections in Venezuela.

Miami Herald Editor Amy Driscoll talks about covering the Gianni Versace murder more than 20 years ago.

Miami New Times Managing Editor Tim Elfrin talks about the announcement of a new Major League Soccer team in Miami.

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Today on Sundial: Salvadorans were the most recent refugee group to lose Temporary Protected Status (TPS). It's now likely that Hondurans will also lose theirs. What's the latest update on groups like these and Nicaraguans and Haitians? What are people doing to stay in the U.S. or find another country that may take them in? We talk with Ana Quiros of Catholic Legal Services about TPS and about the recent raids by immigration services.

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Author Ta Nehisi Coates didn't hold back on his stinging criticisms of President Donald Trump during a recent visit to Miami. Coates, a writer for the Atlantic, has written extensively on race in America. The event was put on by Miami's Book Fair and Books & Books. It was held at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus on Thursday, Jan. 11. 

We'll go back to that event and listen to a large portion of the conversation between Coates and WLRN's Nadege Green, who was the moderator of the event.

Felipe Rivas

Hollywood has created its share of movies about teachers. And in most of those films, the teaching profession is seen as a noble, almost heroic, position in society. Teachers can be heroic, but it's never the same as in the movies.  

Miami Herald

Democratic state Sen. Annette Taddeo was one of the first to call for the resignation of Sen. Jack Latvala. We spoke to her about the upcoming legislative session and the air of discomfort around the capital over numerous claims of sexual harassment. She also told us she was once the victim of sexual harassment when she was younger. 

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