Luis Hernandez

Morning anchor

I was introduced to radio my sophomore year of college, after a classmate invited me to audition for a DJ job at the campus' new radio station, WFCF. I showed up, read a couple of cue cards, and got the job. The following semester I changed his major and radio has been a part of my life ever since.

I moved back home to South Florida after graduation and worked as the sports director at WJNO in West Palm Beach living the tough life. You know, spending hours and hours going to sporting events and talking with some of the biggest names in sports in Miami.

I got the chance to head west for a few years, trading in the sunny beaches for life in the Mile-High City. There, I continued my radio career and dipped my toes into television life as a sports host for a local high school football show. But South Florida pulled me back and to the news desk at WIOD. It was an exhilarating and difficult experience during the 2004 hurricane season.

It was on my next adventure, a job at a newsroom in Gainesville, where I found public radio. (I like to brag about the fact that my time at the University of Florida came during the years the basketball team won back-to-back titles and Tim Tebow arrived.) From Gainesville I went to Fort Myers, then once again out west to public radio in Las Vegas.

While in Sin City (which by the way, people in Las Vegas hate when you call it that) I covered hard news, politics, environmental issues and had the chance to interview an interesting assortment of characters including Boyz II Men, Andre Agassi, and MikeTyson.

But Florida brought me back. And I'm grateful to be back in South Florida​​, for the third and final time.

Kate Stein / WLRN News

"Where are the cots? Where are the blankets? Where's the back-up?" These were some of the questions evacuees at the Miami Edison Senior High School shelter were asking after waiting more than 36 hours for the arrival of Hurricane Irma. Food was running out. One person attempted suicide. And quite a few people left before the storm was over.

Miami Herald

Florida ranks No. 2  in the list of U.S. states with the most active hate groups. The most recent Hate Map, put out regularly by the Southern Poverty Law Center, shows 63 hate groups operating from Pensacola to Miami. 

C.M. GUERRERO / Miami Herald

Three South Florida high school students have come up with an invention that could protect people from becoming rape victims. What's that invention? They call it the Smart Straw.

CHARLES TRAINOR JR / Miami Herald

The Miami Dolphins are still waiting for Ryan Tannehill's MRI tests to come back. Things don't look good. According to Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, the Dolphin's quarterback has hyperextended his left knee, the same he injured last year.  

Salguero also says that there's the possibility that Tannehill may have suffered poster cruciate ligament damage. 

Ariana Cubillos / AP

A weekend vote in Venezuela to choose a "constituent assembly" that will rewrite the country's constitution - but which critics say will create a Cuba-style dictatorship - led to widespread violence and international rejection of the outcome.

On Monday, President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions on Venezuela's socialist president, Nicolás Maduro, branding him a "dictator." Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, called the so-called constituyente election "a sham."

Miami Herald

Earlier this month a swimmer was attacked by a shark at Haulover Beach in Miami-Dade County. That person suffered no life-threatening injuries, but the attack was shocking because it was so rare. In the last 135 years, there have only been 15 total attacks in Miami-Dade.

If you live in Miami and feel stressed because of the traffic and the high cost of living and your declining health, well take heart, this is a stressful place to live.

That's according to the personal finance website WalletHub.com. It just came out with its list of the 150 most and least stressful cities in the U.S. And the Magic City ain't so magic, at least when it comes to stress.

Miami Herald

This week the Miami Heat waived Chris Bosh due to medical reasons. It's likely that his playing days are over.

Luis Hernandez

Bad news for South Florida gamers: we are NOT No. 1.

The financial website  WalletHub has come out with its list of best cities in the U.S. for gamers and we barely made it to the middle of the pack. They look at a few factors, including access to WiFi, nearby arcades, video games stores and the number of eSports tournaments

Julio Cortez AP / Miami Herald

Not many of us can say we have a dream job waiting for us out of high school. And even fewer of us can say we're going to be paid millions for that job, again, straight out of high school.

I'm talking about this year's Major League Baseball draft picks. The top two picks are right out of high school and they're looking at potential bonus checks greater than $7 million each.

Claus Andersen / Miami Herald

Meet Bob Boughner, the new coach ofthe Florida Panthers. Boughner was officially named the team's 15th head coach on Monday. But, who is he?

He is a former defenseman who spent  10 seasons with numerous National Hockey League teams. He played for three years in Buffalo, a couple years in Nashville, a year in Pittsburgh, a couple more in Calgary and did a short stint in Carolina before finishing his career in Colorado. 

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Peter Andrew Bosch / Miami Herald

If you were living in South Florida back in August  1992 then you'll remember that fateful night when Hurricane Andrew arrived. You’ll also remember the voice of meteorologist Bryan Norcross, the voice that got so many South Floridians through that horrible storm.

Univision

It was eight months ago that Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident on the jetty of Government Cut near South Beach. 

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Pablo Cartaya, author of The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

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