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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South Florida middle schoolers are folding paper to teach their communities about Florida’s River of Grass.

Origami Everglades is an art project creating life-sized sculptures of the region’s endangered species.

Hear how the project uses a technique called “modular origami” to create the animals.

Origami Everglades is a 2016 Knight Arts Challenge winner. The Knight Foundation is accepting ideas for its 2017 grants through Friday. For details, click here.

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Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture is envisioning a green and walkable future for Fort Lauderdale’s North Beach Village.

With the help of two federal grants, FAU students and researchers have been working for more than a year on plans to make the neighborhood more livable — and resilient to climate change.

"Livability is connecting people to other people. It’s not connecting cars to other cars,” said FAU Professor Jeffrey Huber, who headed up the project.

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U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, is sponsoring a constitutional amendment to take big money out of elections.

The 28th Amendment would limit individual political contributions, require them to be disclosed and throw out the the legal notion that corporations are “people.”

“In the Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court said that corporations and wealthy people can spend an unlimited amount of money to influence our elections,” Deutch said. “The only way that we can respond to return democracy back to the people is to amend the Constitution.”

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People lined up in Lake Worth to see the president Thursday.

But not the one that you are thinking.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales cut the ribbon at Palm Beach County’s new Guatemalan consulate.

Officials estimate more than 55,000 Guatemalans live in the county. They’ll now be able to get passports, consular IDs and birth certificates without traveling to Miami.

But the consulate will do more than that, says Miami Consul General Rosa Maria Merida De Mora.

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The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is prepared for a major security operation, with not one  but two world leaders in town this weekend.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says it’s the biggest security operation he’s ever run. And he wants to be clear. Protesting? OK. Civil disobedience? No.


“We are not going to tolerate any civil disobedience, throwing of objects or any other type of disorderly conduct whatsoever,” said Bradshaw.

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive Thursday afternoon.

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A group of top economists and innovators met in Palm Beach Monday to sound an alarm: radical change is coming to the American workforce.

Peter Gallagher

Cinefiles are zooming in to South Florida for the 22nd Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival.

The five-day event features films from around the globe. But festival president Jeff Davis says there is a South Florida focus.

“We showcase and highlight local filmmakers and stories,” said Davis. 

The festival gives scholarships and technical support to local filmmakers, according to Davis.

“Whether that be financial aid, technical support, or sometimes just giving students a hug and saying, 'You guys are doing a great job!' ” he said.

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West Palm Beach is officially a “Welcoming City” for immigrants.

The city commission passed a resolution Monday that bars city employees – including police – from inquiring into a person’s immigration status, or disclosing it to others.


Delray Beach Police Department

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.

Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

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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