Maria Murriel

Digital editor

I manage WLRN's multimedia and engagement projects, including work on, all our social media platforms, and community events.

I help reporters produce videos, build infographics, reformat stories for maximum web-friendliness and bug them about tweeting more pretty much every day. I also coordinate our internship program. (Apply!)

The best part of my job is working with the public. I love reaching out to and hearing from people for projects like our Aftermath series, about shootings in Liberty City, and our literary contests like this year's #PostLits in partnership with the Miami Book Fair International.

I'm a cat lover with an eye for Instagoodness. I like stories about ethnicity, migration issues and the arts.

And my quest in journalism is to #engagesuburbia, because I grew up in Kendall and know there is good across 836.

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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.

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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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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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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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.

WLRN Twitter Robot Explores: What Is Art?

Dec 2, 2014
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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.

The WLRN Guide To Miami Art Week 2014

Dec 1, 2014
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:



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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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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."

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.