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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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.
Credit Pool photo

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.
Credit stab at sleep / Creative Commons/Flickr

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.
Credit Broward County

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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Film
7:11 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Don't Miss The Stanley Kubrick Retrospective In Wynwood This Week

This haunting scene is from The Shining, a classic film by Stanley Kubrick.
Credit Warner Brothers

The work of the iconclastic filmmaker Stanley Kubrick is part of a retrospective this week at O Cinema in Wynwood.

South Florida native Rodney Ascher directed Room 237, a new documentary exploring the many interpretations of Kubrick's The Shining. Both films will be shown at O Cinema this week. 

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Needle Exchange
4:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

University of Miami Medical Students Push For Needle-Exchange Program

These needles were found under an I-95 overpass in Overtown.
Hansel Tookes

A group of students at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is behind an effort to get Florida to implement a syringe-exchange program in the state. A bill under consideration in the Florida Legislature would establish a pilot program in Miami-Dade  allowing intravenous drug users to turn in dirty needles and syringes in exchange for clean ones.

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Life in Cuba
7:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Yoani Sanchez on Cuba-US Relations, Her Future And Life After The Castro Brothers

Sanchez says she would want exiled Cubans living in Miami to participate in the formation of the new government in Cuba after the Castro regime ends.
Credit Terence Shepherd

Famed Cuban blogger and dissident Yoani Sanchez visited The Miami Herald editorial board Monday morning. We spoke to her in our studios with translation by WLRN's Patricia Sagastume.

Sanchez discussed the way people in Cuba perceive Miami, how she hopes to change things in Cuba through her blogging and the future for Cuba after the Castro regime ends.

You can read full coverage of her visit at miamiherald.com.

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Baby Boomer Drug Addiction
6:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Have You Talked To Your Parents About Drugs? The Startling Rise Of Baby Boomer Drug Abuse

More baby boomers are seeking treatment for addiction to prescription drugs.
Key Foster Flickr/Creative Commons

Baby boomers have become addicted to drugs at an alarming rate. 

The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health,  released in 2012, found illicit drug use among people between the ages of 55 and 59 had increased more than any other group.

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Religion
3:00 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Miami Archdiocese Uses TV Ad To Draw Catholics To Confession

Archdiocese of Miami coat of arms
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Archdiocese of Miami is using a TV ad to encourage the Catholic faithful to come to confession this weekend as part of the Lenten season.

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Radio
6:01 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Hit Us With Your Best Block

Miami Art Deco District
Laurent Bolli

WLRN’s search for South Florida’s best block continues.

WLRN, the Miami Herald, the Townhouse Center and the Knight Foundation have joined forces to identify and celebrate the most vibrant city streets in South Florida.

So what does it take to be a best block?

“We’re trying to focus on areas where there’s mixed-use type buildings, where you might have a restaurant at the bottom floor, maybe some living spaces above it,” said Debra Acosta, a multimedia producer for the Miami Herald.

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