Maria Murriel

Digital editor

Maria edits WLRN.org and oversees all its digital implications, including social-media activity and radio-to-web conceptualization.

She likes hyphenating adjectives and working on weekends.

Maria has worked across the South Florida media bubble, starting with hyperlocal start-up and community-news blog Open Media Miami, a former partner of the Miami Herald covering the Biscayne Corridor. Her work in features multimedia journalism has also appeared in Beached Miami, the Miami New Times' Cultist blog, Tasting Table Miami and the nationwide music blog Consequence of Sound.

Before finding her place in public radio, Maria helped launch the Sun Sentinel's start-up entertainment site, SouthFlorida.com. With her blog, the Lush Life, she became South Florida's first dedicated craft-beer reporter, and the only local woman on the beat.

Aside from the burgeoning local-beer and cocktail industry, Maria's interests are in multiculturalism, community news and inner-city issues. She's a proud FIU grad with a bachelor's in religious studies, and she is co-director of alumni relations for the FIU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Follow Maria on Twitter at @mariamurriel, and on other networks at about.me/mariamurriel.

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News
9:26 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Everything You Need To Know About Alan Gross And U.S.-Cuba Relations Now

Alan Gross was released from a five-year imprisonment in Cuba on Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Credit Jeff Flake

U.S. government contract worker Alan Gross was released Wednesday morning after a five-year imprisonment in Cuba.

The 65-year-old, now in poor health, was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Cuban court in 2011 for bringing telecommunications devices onto the island.

WLRN has reported on Gross' trajectory with the Cuban government and you can read those stories here.

At noon Wednesday, President Barack Obama also announced his new approach in U.S.-Cuba relations.

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Film
5:40 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

A Guide To The Most Miami Film Festival: Borscht's Ninth Edition

This is a screen grab from Scarface Redux, a crowd sourced remake of the iconic Brian dePalma classic. The film is being shown as part of the festival.
Credit Filmmakers Bleeding Palm and Borscht Corp.

Organizers of the Borscht Film Festival say it's about telling the stories of the region by people who are from the area.

"We tell unique Florida stories, unique Miami stories," says Borscht veteran Jillian Mayer. "Miami and Florida is often portrayed a certain way in the media, and that's most likely a result of previous cinematic work that's come out of here."

Mayer says it's those Miami stereotypes that they want to avoid.

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News
10:55 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

#ShutItDown Protest Of Police Killings Blocks Art Basel Traffic

At the closing of the protest, a line of people stood holding a sign saying "black lives matter."
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

Protests in Miami and Fort Lauderdale shared the spotlight with Art Basel this weekend.

During Friday rush hour, around 400 people gathered in Midtown Miami, eventually moving to completely block Interstate-195.

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Art Basel
1:40 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Let Them Taste Cake: Rubells Celebrate 50 Years Of Marriage

Don Rubell feeds a strawberry cake to a visitor of the Rubell Family Collection during Jennifer Rubell's annual performance-art Art Basel breakfast.
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

Don and Mera Rubell, founding couple of the Rubell Family Collection, spoon-fed people little bites of cake Thursday in Wynwood, assisted by 48 servers dressed all in black.

Yes. Like Marie Antoinette.

It was a celebration of the couple's 50th wedding anniversary and also a performance-art piece by daughter Jennifer at her annual Art Basel breakfast. Every year Rubell puts on a food-related installation. Her breakfast itself is the piece of art.

    

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Latin America Report
10:30 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Free From A Dark Past, Peruvian Entrepreneurs Embrace Their Roots

Chef Gaston Acurio, second from left, and his Leche de Tigre Gang prepare seafood dishes at La Mar at the Mandarin Oriental.
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

Superstar chef Gastón Acurio is a trend-setter.

For the past four years, Astrid y Gastón, his flagship restaurant in Lima, Peru, has made the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

His fusion of traditional Peruvian foods and French cooking techniques has earned him fame on gastronomy’s global stage. And it’s helped put Peruvian cuisine on the map, especially in South Florida.

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Basel Bot
6:44 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

WLRN Twitter Robot Explores: What Is Art?

An art installation in Opa-locka. Art can be found through South Florida during Art Basel.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Every December, Miami welcomes artists and becomes a canvas for Art Basel. And with so much art surrounding us this week, we want to know how you distinguish masterpieces from mounds of junk.

We made a Twitter robot @WhatIsArtWLRN that shares photos of art taken during Miami Art Week and asks you: What is art? Does this count as art to you? Join the game by sharing interesting pieces you see on Instagram or Twitter. Tell us what you think of these works and we'll share your impressions.

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Art Basel
12:52 am
Mon December 1, 2014

The WLRN Guide To Miami Art Week 2014

Art Basel in Miami Beach
Credit Art Basel

If you're in Miami for the first week of December, you're about to be inundated with a tsunami of art as thousands flock to the sights and fairs of Miami Art Week. To help you parse out a schedule of must-sees from the myriad of events to choose from, we've compiled the (nearly) all-inclusive WLRN Guide to Miami Art Week 2014.

Take a gander:

BEST ART FAIRS

BEST MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

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South Florida BrewFest
1:16 am
Fri November 21, 2014

How FIU Is An Incubator For Brewers, Even Without A Beer Program

Matthew Weintraub teaches classes at FIU's beer academy.
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

The Chaplin School of Hospitality at Florida International University doesn't offer a degree in beer brewing. There isn't even a degree in beverage management (although there's a minor).

But earlier this year, FIU became the only school in South Florida with a brewing lab.

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Useful Facts
1:56 am
Thu November 20, 2014

How Much Do You Know About Florida Beer History?

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Mark DeNote doesn't teach his middle school history students about beer. But he did write Florida's history of "the drink of the working class" in his book, "The Great Florida Craft Beer Guide."

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Internships
2:13 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A WLRN Intern?

Your local public radio station is on the hunt for spring interns. Interested? Here's the deal:

WLRN-Miami Herald News offers interns significant professional experience in a supportive environment. These are not coffee-making internships. Here are only some of the stories our interns have produced recently.

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Election 2014
12:40 am
Wed November 5, 2014

After Brief Suspense, Rick Scott Wins Florida Governor's Race

Gov. Rick Scott is re-elected in Florida's 2014 midterm elections.
Credit Wilfredo Lee / AP/Miami Herald

Pattrik Simmons contributed to this report.

Gov. Rick Scott won Tuesday's elections with a slim margin over former Gov. Charlie Crist, who was briefly rumored to call for a recount.

Considering Florida's elections history, the governor's race was over relatively early, results well settled by midnight. But not before some initial suspense.

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Election 2014
1:16 am
Tue November 4, 2014

A Miami Story: What Voting For The First Time Taught Me About My Parents

Credit Miami Herald / Courtesy

When I crouched over my ballot at the Lemon City public library last Friday, I had to keep telling myself "OK, you can do this." I don't know why I was so nervous. I guess I realized I had been waiting for that moment for seven years.

I'm 25-years-old, and this midterm election was the first one I've ever voted in.

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The Governor's Race
4:57 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

LIVE: Election Night Across The State

Credit Gregory Castillo / WLRN

Scroll through our live feed of tweets from Election Day across the state. We're keeping you updated all day and through the night on air and online.

We want to hear from you, too. Are you seeing long lines at your polling place? What issues are getting you out this Tuesday?

Tweet your local public radio station with the hashtag #ElectionDay -- your comments might get online or on air.

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Latin America
5:22 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Newsflash: Honduras Is Not A Completely Terrible Place

Valle de Angeles, a town outside Hondura's capital, is a quaint tourist haven nestled in green mountains.
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

I admit I was scared the first time I went to Honduras, which was just last month. All I really knew of the place, aside from a little about the food, were this year's painful stories of Honduran children escaping to the United States because crippling poverty and gang violence have made their country the world's deadliest.

But my good friend was getting married, and I'd found a cheap plane ticket.

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Politics
10:08 am
Fri October 31, 2014

The Florida Roundup: Crunch Time For Scott And Crist, Plus Pam Bondi's Lobbyists

Credit Peter Andrew Bosch (Crist), Emily Michot (Scott)/ Miami Herald Staff

It’s down to the final days of the 2014 campaign.

Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist make last minute pitches as more than one million Floridians already have voted.

But this is Florida. And this is an extremely tight race for governor. What will happen if there’s a recount?

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