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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Artists Collaborate
6:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Check It Out: What Happens When An Inaugural Poet And A South Florida Painter Make Art Together

Two maps of the world - one of how Europeans thought of the world before Columbus, the other after.
John Bailly

A painter who lives in Miami and teaches at Florida International University has collaborated with inaugural poet Richard Blanco to create paintings based on his poetry.

Their project, Place of Mind, will be exhibited in February in a New York gallery. The pieces were originally exhibited in 2007 at the main branch of the Miami-Dade Public Library.

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Key West Literary Seminar
7:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Key West Writers Weigh In On Key West Chickens

Filmmakers Carey and Jane Winfrey asked dozens of writers their opinions on the area's feral chickens.
Carey Winfrey

Listen to Marva Hinton's interview with Carey and Jane Winfrey.

A short film being screened during this year’s Key West Literary Seminar is a spinoff on the event’s theme - “Writers on Writers.”


“Writers on Chickens” explores the chicken population in Key West through the eyes of writers who live in the city at least part of the year.  

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South Florida History
6:25 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Virginia Key Beach Park Works To Restore Swimming

A restoration project is underway for Virginia Key Beach Park.
Credit Guy Forchion

Just a few miles away from downtown Miami lies a natural beach in the city’s largest park.

The 82-acre Virginia Key Beach Park remains a bit of a hidden gem. The historic beach still attracts those looking for a quiet place to relax despite one drawback.

In season, about 2,000 people visit Virginia Key Beach Park every weekend even though swimming isn’t permitted.

“It’s a disadvantage - one we’re overcoming," said Guy Forchion, head of the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:19 am
Thu December 20, 2012

NEWSCAST: Holiday Travel Rush Is On

More than a million passengers are expected at the Fort Lauderdale Airport during the holidays.
Credit Matt Hurst/flickr

Ready. Set. Travel.

South Florida airports get ready to welcome millions of people coming in and out for the holidays.

Find out what you can expect travel wise this week in WLRN-MIami Herald News:

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Installation Art
9:20 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Theaster Gates' Design District Project Explores The Meaning Of The Hand-Made

The artist's view: making things like these clay bowls is a 'very human, very spiritual act.'
Elaine Chen WLRN

The Locust Projects exhibition space in Miami's Design District is a showcase for experimental, contemporary art, and this week, it's featuring an installation by Theaster Gates called Soul Manufacturing Corporation.  The piece asks us to consider the value of things made by hand.  

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Birds At Risk
7:11 am
Thu November 29, 2012

As Birds Head South, They Often Run Into Trouble And Find Help In South Florida

This red shoulder hawk is being treated for a leg injury at the South Florida Wildlife Center. Nick Songonzi is an animal care technician at the center.
Credit Marva Hinton

This time of year, many birds from the north began migrating south for the winter. Some will stay here in South Florida while others will pass through the region on their way to the Caribbean. Increasingly, these birds are running into man-made obstacles that leave them with injured eyes, wings and beaks.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
7:20 am
Wed November 21, 2012

NEWSCAST: State to Investigate Citizens Property Insurance

Governor Rick Scott is calling for an investigation into ethical lapses at state-run Citizens Property Insurance.
Credit JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGES NEWS

There's more trouble for state-run Citizens Property Insurance.

Investigators look into lavish spending, misuse of resources and other ethical lapses.

Gov. Rick Scott has asked his Chief Inspector General to investigate Citizens after all four people in the company's ethics office were fired.

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Haitian Writers Tell The Country's Stories
6:30 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Introducing Book Fair Readers To Haiti

M.J. Fievre is the lead editor of the anthology as well as a contributor.
Credit Miami Book Fair International Website

All week, we're talking with Florida authors appearing at the Miami Book Fair. So Spoke the Earth is an anthology of stories, poems and essays about Haiti.

The book is divided into three sections: death and tragedy; the nation’s rich storytelling tradition; and Haiti’s economic struggles.

Although the book was published in the United States (by Women Writers of Haitian Descent), all of the pieces in the second section are in French or Haitian Creole. 

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Junot Díaz At The Book Fair
6:47 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Junot Díaz: Giant Monsters, Linguistics, And Five Years Of Freedom

Junot Díaz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.
Credit Nina Subin

The latest book by  Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her, is a collection of stories linked by recurring characters. Last month, it was nominated for a National Book Award. Less than two weeks later, Diaz won a coveted MacArthur "genius" grant (half-a-million dollars over five years). He also teaches writing at MIT.

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Listen To WLRN Miami Herald News
9:04 am
Thu November 8, 2012

NEWSCAST: Count Contines In South Florida

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez says the governor needs to do something to make voting easier.
Credit Miami-Dade County Website

The presidential race has been decided, but we still don't know where Florida fits in to the electoral puzzle.     

The vote counting continues in Miami Dade and either other counties including Broward and Palm Beach.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez says early voting should be extended to avoid problems like this in the future.

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Books & Books To Hold A Party Saturday
9:42 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Books & Books Celebrates 30 Years

Mitchell Kaplan says he set out to create a literary culture in South Florida when he opened Books & Books.
Credit Books & Books


It's been 30 years since the independent bookstore, Books & Books, first opened its doors in Coral Gables, and this week, they're celebrating.
 

Today there are stores throughout the region and beyond. There are three South Florida stores, as well as outposts at the Miami International Airport and the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale,  and stores in Grand Cayman and Westhampton Beach, New York, too.

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35,000 Have Cast Ballots in Miami Dade
9:48 am
Thu October 18, 2012

500,000 Floridians Have Already Voted

Absentee ballots are pouring in across Florida.
Vaguely Artistic Flickr/Creative Commons

Election Day is less than three weeks away, but half a million votes are already in in Florida.

The Miami Herald reports the heaviest voting is taking place in Miami Dade, Tampa Bay and along the I-4 corridor.

About 500,000 Floridians have already cast absentee ballots, and 1.8 million more have requested these ballots be mailed to them.

Heavy interest in the presidential race is believed to be behind the rush to vote so soon.

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News
8:55 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Churches Hope To Unite Flocks After Election

St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Palmetto Bay is one of hundreds around the country planning to take part in this event.
Laura Coburn

After the final vote is cast next month, the country may be in need of some healing and reconciliation.

That's the idea behind Election Day Communion.

Hundreds of churches across the country will be holding services election night and serving communion including one in South Florida.

Reverend Spencer Potter is the rector of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Palmetto Bay.

He says the service will be a time for the whole congregation to unite.

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Broward Ranks First Among Florida Counties
5:02 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Florida Leads The U.S. In Foreclosures

Florida is number one when it comes to foreclosures. This is the first time since 2005 that Florida has held the top spot.

The rankings for September are based on figures released Thursday by RealtyTrac.

Within the state, Broward County has the highest percentage of homes going through the foreclosure process.

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Final Voter Registration Numbers Out Next Week
6:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Absentee Ballots In High Demand In Palm Beach County

The general election is November 6.
Rusty Brick Flickr/Creative Commons

Voter registration ended on Tuesday, and elections supervisors are busy preparing for next month’s vote.

They say thousands of registrations have come in just this month, and the final numbers will come in next week once the state is done certifying all of the voter registration forms that came in at the deadline.

Monroe County Supervisor of Elections Harry Sawyer says he’s expecting a big increase.

“Even before we get the final numbers in, we’re still ahead of 2008," said Sawyer.

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