Peter Haden

Broward/Palm Beach Reporter

Peter Haden covers Palm Beach and Broward Counties for WLRN. He is an award-winning investigative reporter, radio producer and photographer. Haden’s stories have been featured in media outlets around the world including Reveal, NPR, CNN en Español, USA Today, ECTV Ukraine, Qatar Gulf Times, and the Malaysia Star.

Haden grew up on a sheep farm. Now in South Florida, he wants to learn to surf and spearfish.

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The man had just risen from the dead.

He’s in his mid-20’s. Sitting on a couch in a house in Delray Beach. Pale as a ghost, sweaty, wide-eyed, disoriented.  Like he just woke up from a nightmare.

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Palm Beach County officials are growing increasingly anxious over the rising cost of providing security for President Donald Trump’s frequent visits.

The county has incurred more than $1.5 million in overtime costs so far, but has not been reimbursed by the federal government.

County Mayor Paulette Burdick says the response has been…crickets.

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Hundreds of people packed a town hall meeting in Pahokee Friday with Florida Senate President Joe Negron. They say his proposal to build a 60,000-acre reservoir on prime farmland would be a plague to their region.

“The devastation from the loss of jobs is unimaginable at this point,” said lifelong Pahokee resident Lynda Moss. Her family owns a trucking business in the region.

[Read More about the Everglades and the efforts to restore it: River of Grass, Dying of Thirst]

A South Florida high school student is one of 40 finalists competing in a talent search to find the most promising young scientists in the United States.

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U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz scheduled a press conference at her office in Sunrise Monday morning to address a wave of anti-Semitic acts in South Florida and across the country.

But shortly before it began, the David Posnack Jewish Community Center, 10 miles away in Davie, was evacuated following a bomb threat.

“I’m incredibly angry,” Wasserman Schultz said. “But I’m here today to channel my anger, so we can make sure…we find these bastards.”

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Blacksmithing as an art is alive and well in South Florida. And those who practice it see it as more than a hobby.

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Around 3,000 protesters took to the streets of West Palm Beach Saturday, hoping to be seen by President Donald Trump.

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China is the source of deadly fentanyl that’s fueling an opioid overdose epidemic in South Florida and elsewhere in the United States.

That’s the finding of the new report released Wednesday by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission entitled Fentanyl: China’s Deadly Export to the United States.

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Between 500–700 guests are expected to attend the American Red Cross Ball at Mar-a-Lago Saturday.

The annual fundraising gala has been held at Trump’s Palm Beach estate for almost 60 years without controversy. 

Not so this year.

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President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees and migrants from seven mostly-Muslim countries caused confusion in South Florida Sunday. From the Palm Beach International Airport, to a civil rights gathering in Lake Worth, to a musical performance in Fort Lauderdale – residents and visitors process and protest the president's action.

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A new exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art wants us to rethink the way we look at something all around us: glass.

“These are not decorations,” said Kathleen Goncherov, curator of contemporary art. “A lot of this work is very political. These pieces tell stories.”

She points to an elaborate, floor-ceiling chandelier by Chinese artist Song Dong.

“This is a take on a traditional Venetian chandelier, except it has surveillance cameras on it,” said Goncherov. “It’s called “Glass Big Brother.”

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Around half a million people come to the South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach every year -- some with cows, goats and chickens in tow. Young people from 18 counties bring their best livestock to be judged...and then sold – at the Youth Livestock Auction.

That’s where WLRN’s Peter Haden caught up with one of them:  Okeechobee High School’s Patrick Lehman and his 12-hundred pound prizewinning steer, Melvin.

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A Broward County businessman is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty Wednesday in Houston for bribing officials at Venezuela’s state oil company.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston says Weston resident Juan José Hernández Comerma conspired with his business partner, Abraham José Shiera Bastidas, to bribe executives at the Venezuelan oil giant Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. – or PDVSA.

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As the nation is preparing to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, local law enforcement has a message for anyone planning to participate in any illegal MLK Day ATV rides. 

“If you’re planning on disrupting traffic, or endangering the lives of yourselves or anyone else, you will be dealt with from a zero-tolerance standpoint,” said Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.

Israel joined state and local law enforcement agencies at a press conference Thursday to warn against any illegal riding of off-road vehicles Monday.

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