Marva Hinton

Marva Hinton is originally from North Carolina. She works as a reporter and fill-in anchor for WLRN. 

Before coming to WLRN, she spent several years working as a radio news reporter and anchor in Orlando. During her stint there she covered everything from shuttle launches to the foreclosure crisis and the Casey Anthony trial.

Prior to that, Marva worked in radio news in Raleigh, North Carolina and Radford, Virginia. She began her career as a radio news producer in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Marva has an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She also holds a BA in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she completed a double major in political science. 

In her spare time, she enjoys playing the pan flute and teaching her cats to do tricks.

Marva is married and lives in Miami.

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Remembering
8:05 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Trayvon Martin Foundation Plans Events To Honor Teenager

Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012. Zimmerman was found not guilty of his murder.

It’s been nearly two years since Trayvon Martin of Miami Gardens was fatally shot while walking home in Sanford, Fla.

This weekend a peace walk and a remembrance dinner are planned to celebrate the life of the teenager who would have turned 19 this month.

The shooting that claimed his life, along with the subsequent trial and acquittal of the man who pulled the trigger, led to a nationwide discussion about Florida’s self-defense Stand Your Ground law, and racial profiling.

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Culture
3:05 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

GardenMusic Festival Kicks Off At Fairchild

The Sixth Floor Trio performs at Fairchild. Pictured from left to right are Harrison Hollingsworth, Johnny Teyssier and Teddy Abrams.
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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables kicks off its second GardenMusic Festival Thursday, Jan. 9. The event features everything from chamber music, to jazz, folk and even Broadway standards.

Members of Sixth Floor Trio, the group that developed the musical program for the festival, say that’s by design.

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Politics
1:58 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

NEW TIMES: Should Miami Beach Institute Informal Ethnic Quotas?

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After last month's election, Miami Beach was left without having a Latino on the city commission. This got the city, which is 53 percent Hispanic, talking. In an editorial, the Miami Herald called on newly elected mayor Phillip Levine to institute what sounds like an ethnic quota when it comes to making appointments. Then Miami Today came out strongly against that proposal.  The Miami New Times explores an interesting issue: Do our commissions look like our communities?

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Volunteerism
11:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

How Broward Teens Make Hospital Stays Less Confusing For Seniors

Volunteer Madison Herin hopes to become a doctor one day.
Marva Hinton

This summer Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale expanded a volunteer program that brings teenagers and older patients together.

It’s designed to help the patients avoid delirium,  a common condition that can make hospital stays unpleasant and even frightening.

During a typical day for  volunteers in the Tender Loving Care-Advanced program, they fan out into patient rooms bringing cards, magazines, dice, books and newspapers.

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Urban Culture
8:11 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Lots Of Wine, Graffiti And Opera At Miami's Art Days

Nina Hlava is a mime artist from Vienna who is participating in DWNTWN Art Days.
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DWNTWN Art Days kicks off Friday in Miami. The second annual celebration of arts and culture features more than 130 events with something for everyone, from wine lovers to graffiti art enthusiasts and fans of the opera. 

Art Days is sponsored by the Miami Downtown Development Authority

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Redevelopment
7:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Opa-locka Plans A Major Arts District But Don't Call It Another Wynwood

Germane Barnes is overseeing the development of an arts district in Opa-locka's Magnolia North neighborhood.
Marva Hinton

Magnolia North is the new name for an area in Opa-locka, which was formerly dubbed The Triangle and known for drugs and crime. Now city leaders hope Magnolia North will be known for galleries and studios and become the next vibrant arts district in South Florida.

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Zimmerman Trial
11:02 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Broward Sheriff Has Message For Young People Watching The Zimmerman Trial

George Zimmerman says he acted in self defense when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin.
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As the George Zimmerman murder trial continues in Sanford, local law enforcement is planning for possible riots once a verdict is reached.

Zimmerman is facing second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin.

The case sparked protests last year when Zimmerman wasn't immediately arrested, and Broward Sheriff Scott Israel wants to avoid any trouble when the trial ends. 

His office has produced a PSA with the theme raise your voice, not your hands.

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Architecture
7:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Exhibition Hopes To Unveil Opa-locka's Hidden Architectural Gems

This 3D model replicates Opa-locka's Bathing Pavillion which was built in 1926.
Marva Hinton

When you think of architecture in South Florida, the first styles which come to mind might be Spanish Revival or Art Deco. Moorish Revival probably doesn't top that list -- unless you're familiar with Opa-locka.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

The Florida Roundup: Should The Miami Heat Get More Public Money?

The Miami Heat say they need more public money to help maintain the arena.
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Our panel of journalists will tackle two four-letter words: Heat and jobs.

The Miami Heat won back-to-back NBA Championships after defeating the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night, 95-88.

Meanwhile, team owner Micky Arison wants to extend the team's lease on American Airlines Arena with the help of public money.

Florida's job market has been improving with unemployment falling to levels not seen in nearly five years.

But joblessness in Miami-Dade County remains well above the rest of the state. 

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The Florida Roundup
11:59 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Today's Florida Roundup: Immigration Policy, Absentee Ballot Scandal And The Heat In The Finals

WLRN's weekly public affairs show
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On today's edition of The Florida Roundup... 

Immigration: 

Immigration reform is stalled in Congress.

Is Marco Rubio backing away from own bill?

When will there be resolution?

Has the issue been a net loser for the freshman senator, and when will there will a resolution in Washington?

Governor Scott vetoes a law that would have allowed illegal immigrants drivers licenses.

Which way is he heading this time as we approach his re-reelection campaign?

Is he heading back to his tea party roots?

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

This Week's Florida Roundup: Hurricanes, Texting And Driving, And Education Policy

Texting while driving is soon to be illegal in Florida. But does the new law actually have enough teeth to make a difference? What about those red light cameras? An update on the way we drive.

Key decisions are made in next month’s trial of George Zimmerman, who stands accused of murdering Trayvon Martin. What will jurors know about the Miami Gardens teenager’s background? What won’t they hear in the trial everyone will be watching in Sanford starting next month.

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Youth Culture
12:36 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

How Social Media Changed High School's Biggest Night

Miami-Dade high school seniors Adam Tzur and Natalie Hoberman.
Credit Alexis Winer

Earlier this spring, a typical school day turned into something a lot more memorable for one student at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School near Aventura.

It’s April. Natalie Hoberman was sitting in her advanced placement government class.

“It was one of my hardest classes," she said.

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Performance Art
4:37 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Miami Artist Turns Body Fat Into Soap After Liposuction

Orestes De La Paz stands by his exhibit, Making Soap, at the Frost Art Museum.
Credit Marva Hinton

Miami artist Orestes De La Paz has an unusual piece of performance art on display at the Frost Art Museum on the campus of Florida International University.

Last December, FIU grad De La Paz had liposuction surgery. His plastic surgeon removed about three liters of fat from his body.

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Environment
8:06 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Are Florida Politicians Responding To Rising Sea Levels?

Broward Co. Mayor Kristin Jacobs says the area isn't getting enough funds to cover beach restoration.
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Throughout the legislative session, we've been bringing questions you asked during the WLRN-Miami Herald Town Hall to legislators in Tallahassee.

Today's question concerns an environmental issue that's threatening coastal communities.

Barry Waterman of Pompano Beach asked about sea level rise:

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Documentary
4:48 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

How Wynwood Went From Abandoned Warehouses To Hipster Hangout

An unidentified woman views a painting at Jude Papaloko's new studio in Wynwood.
Natalie Edgar

The Wynwood neighborhood in Miami has changed so much over the last 10 years, and it's not by accident. A group of investors set out to re-invent the area and make it into an arts district.

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