Maria Murriel

Digital editor

Maria edits WLRN.org and oversees all of WLRN's digital implications -- including interactivity-project management and radio-to-web conceptualization.

She likes hyphenating adjectives and working on weekends.

Maria started her South Florida media career at 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 DRAFT MagazineBeached 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 industry, Maria's interested in telling stories of ethnic identity and how immigration shapes people's lives. She's a proud FIU grad with a bachelor's in religious studies, and she is 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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The End Of The Road
1:30 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Devilish Commute: How South Florida Lives With I-95

Nearly 2,000 miles of human accomplishment end unceremoniously near Coconut Grove.
Credit Gregory Castillo / Miami Herald

The U.S. Census 2006-2010 American Communities Survey says the most popular commute is, by far, from Broward to Miami-Dade County. It estimates 125,000 make that drive to work every day.

For nearly an hour and a half, Broward-to-Dade commuters sit on Interstate 95's crowded lanes, some investing in express-lane tolls while others face the red-eyed inertia of cars ahead.

One commuter says of her peers' brake lights: “Look at them. Red little demon eyes stopping you in your tracks. Interfering with your making a living."

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Odd News
5:37 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Earthquake Off Cuba's Coast Felt In Key West, Residents Not Rattled

Credit Google Maps

There was a magnitude 5.1 earthquake between Key West and Cuba Thursday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service in Miami, the epicenter was about 110 miles southeast of Key West, and there was no tsunami warning. Here's the news you heard on air:

Key West residents Pam Hobbs, Cori Convertito and author Janet Hartwell talked with WLRN's Sammy Mack about feeling tremors. See some of their quotes in the Storify below, and hear their voices here:

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Links
8:51 am
Fri December 27, 2013

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Dec. 23-27

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I'm digital editor here, and this week I was particularly proud of the WLRN news team for a policy-changing story that made it to our top five. You may have heard us talk about it on the Florida Roundup last week: A majority African-American school in Jacksonville will change its name, currently that of an early Ku Klux Klan leader. Find the details below, but not before the top story of the week:

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Miami Accents
8:01 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Do You Sound Like You're From South Florida? Take The NYT Quiz

Our Miami talk is markedly different from the Southern drawls heard farther north in the state, but even within the four South Florida counties, twangs and tones are varied.

The New York Times this week released a dialect map to show its readers how their speech lines up with their hometowns. A quiz asks readers how they pronounce words like "caramel" and "aunt," and the answers generate a color coded map, which also highlights three of the cities whose residents speak most like the quiz taker.

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Holidays
8:01 am
Thu December 26, 2013

This Is The Christmas Treat That Really Says "Miami" To Me

Maria Murriel WLRN

Despite Miami's widespread Nochebuena culture, I always felt like my Peruvian-immigrant family's Christmas celebrations were different from other "Americans'."

During our early years here in the early 2000s, my mom was the caretaker for an elderly, wealthy couple. Señora Lilian was from Cuba, and her husband, Mr. Hollenbeck, was from the U.S. They were sweet.

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Music
5:04 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

SUN SENTINEL: FAU's Vinyl Giveaway Starts Jan. 6

Credit Matthias Rhomberg / Flickr CC

Florida Atlantic University's Recorded Sound Archives at the Wimberly Library will be purged this January. Well, sort of.

The library's sound archive is digitized, and duplicate records or those that don't fit with the school's collection will be given away Jan. 6-10, the Sun Sentinel reports. Possible finds include Glenn Miller, Barbra Streisand, Broadway, Christmas and Jewish albums.

The Nielsen Soundscan reported vinyl to be 2 percent of all albums sold. FAU archivist Ben Roth says the medium has a "warmer sound" than digitally reproduced music.

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DARPA
3:43 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Simple Tasks, Heavy Burdens: Robot Engineers Compete To 'Save Humanity'

THOR OP competes in the terrain task.
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

The Pentagon hosted a robotics competition at the Homestead Miami Speedway over the weekend. It’s being called the "Robot Olympics."

Teams from all over the world came to prove their robots’ agility at the Robotics Challenge trials. The teams whose robots earn the top scores would get a shot at winning $2 million in the finals next year.

But the games are about much more than the cash:

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Weird News
12:30 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Florida Capitol's Holiday Display Now Includes A Spaghetti Monster

A Flying Spaghetti Monster sits in front of the Florida Capitol's Festivus pole.
Credit Karl Etters / Tallahassee Democrat

After making headlines with the Festivus pole brought in by Deerfield Beach's Chaz Stevens, Florida's Capitol building continues to welcome holiday cheer from every denomination.

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Mid-Day Links
5:09 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Dec. 9-13

The people of Basel: Are they art?
Credit Mark Hedden / WLRN

The Art Basel afterglow is still upon us in South Florida, and that's evident in what you've been reading this past week.

But amid stories of Basel and it implications for Miami and its surroundings, the Keys' efforts to save a landmark bridge were popular on our site, as was one of our many stories on Nelson Mandela's passing.

Scroll on to see and hear this week's most popular stories.

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Links
8:46 am
Tue December 10, 2013

WLRN's Most Popular Stories For Dec. 2-6

Credit cubahora.cu

When one of the world's best known, most beloved champions of human rights died last week, we had to run a story about his impact on South Florida.

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#WhatIsArt?
12:51 am
Mon December 9, 2013

PHOTOS: The People Of Basel As Art

Here are some of the people of Art Basel. This security guard at the Wynwood Walls is not very enthusiastic, but he's agreeable. Click through these photos to see more of the qualities of the folks who keep Miami lively.
Mark Hedden WLRN

Art Basel long ago grew beyond the Miami Beach Convention Center fair, and it has long been about more than just the art. Enough so that purists have complained about Miami's arts culture becoming an excuse for the kind of hyped-up parties that gave the area its shallow reputation.

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Viviendo En El Sur De La Florida
11:21 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Díganos: ¿Cuánto Dinero Necesita Para Mantener Su Estilo De Vida?

¿Cuántos de estos necesita?
Credit Credit Creative Commons via Flickr user Low Jianwei

Siguiendo la discusión nacional de salarios mínimos y la ayuda que el gobierno provee al respecto, el equipo de WLRN-Miami Herald News quiere saber cuánto le cuesta vivir en el sur de la Florida.

Nadie está libre de pagar por gastos básicos como la comida, ropa, renta y costos de utilidades. Algunos no tienen problema cubriendo esos gastos, mientras que otros luchan para llegar al fin de mes.

Queremos saber qué piensan al respecto para nuestro proyecto llamado "¿Cuánto Dinero Necesita?".

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Nelson Mandela
4:57 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

REPORT: Nelson Mandela Dead At 95

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died. Click here to read this story as updates become available.

For further coverage of Mandela's death, read NPR's Mandela series.

Art Basel
11:13 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

How To Basel Like WLRN Staff

Maybe you even want to take some ambient sound for your memories?
Credit Julia Duba / WLRN

We won't claim to be experts at this, but most of us at WLRN-Miami Herald News have been in the thick of an Art Basel fair or two. Through years of reporting on Miami's biggest annual art event, we've gathered a few favorite Basel traditions.

If you want to know how we survive Miami Art Week, and do it like us, read on.

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