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.”

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.

Miami Herald

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.

WLRN

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.

WLRN

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. 

Miami Herald

Florida lawmakers are making final preparations for the 2018 legislative session, which is set to begin Tuesday,  Jan. 9. There will be a lot on the docket for both chambers, but there's no question that this session will take place under the dark cloud of sexual harassment controversies. A couple seats are empty from lawmakers who resigned after being embroiled in such cases. 

New York Times press release

The Miami Herald’s top political reporter will soon have a bigger platform.

Patricia Mazzei — who has worked at the Herald for a decade, most recently as its lead political writer — starts early next month as the Miami bureau chief for the New York Times. She’ll be based here in South Florida, after first working for a few months in New York City.

“We’re going to tell the story of Florida for people not just elsewhere in the country but elsewhere in the world,” she told Luis Hernandez, host of Sundial, WLRN’s new daily news show.

Courtesy of Sweat Records

Miami Sound Machine and Miami bass dominated Miami music in the 80's and 90's.

Back then, bands like 2LiveCrew were at the top of the hip-hop scene in Miami. Ten years before that, KC and the Sunshine Band's "Shake Shake Shake" blasted over the airwaves. 

Now, Pitbull and DJ Khaled top the charts on mainstream radio. But there’s more to Miami's music scene than just these famous artists. A lot more. And Lauren Reskin is standing at the gate of the industry in the Magic City. 

WLRN

Temporary Protected Status for tens of thousands of Haitians living in the U.S. will end in 2019. The announcement came Monday, leaving thousands of people scattering to figure out the next step. We spoke with Patricia Mazzei of the Miami Herald about the latest news on TPS recipients.

WLRN

There is assistance available to homeowners and business owners who are still recovering from Hurricane Irma damage. We spoke with John Mills of FEMA and Richard Daigle of the SBA on Sundial to answer listener questions about how to get that assistance.

Courtesy Sara Kaufman

Today on Sundial: There's a new report from independent research firm Climate Central that looks at the 15 most at-risk cities in the US to sea-level rise. Of those 15 cities, 12 are in South Florida. We talk to WLRN's Kate Stein about that report, as well as how people in the region view the issue of flooding. Plus, we'll cover the upcoming ballot issue about the Miami Forever Fund.

PBS

Today in Sundial: The Palm Beach Post recently published a story about how Riviera Beach city leaders are spending taxpayer dollars. It showed city commissioners and the mayor had taken numerous trips, stayed at expensive hotels and even on pet projects. We'll hear from the Post reporter Tony Doris and Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters.

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Today in Sundial: Congresswoman Frederica Wilson is returning to Washington D.C. after receiving death threats for her recent kerfuffle with the White House. It was about two weeks ago when White House Chief of Staff John Kelly claimed that the congresswoman had bragged about getting money for a new FBI building in Miami-Dade. But, it turns out that was untrue.

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