Peter Haden

Palm Beach Reporter

Peter Haden is WLRN’s Palm Beach Reporter. His stories cover the diverse issues and voices of a region that includes both the richest and poorest cities in Florida, the president’s “Winter White House,” the state’s leading agricultural territory, a bustling cruise and container port, vibrant immigrant communities, world-famous beaches and the Everglades.

Before joining WLRN, Haden reported for the investigative reporting showcase Reveal, WJCT in Jacksonville, Cronkite News in Phoenix and as a worldwide freelancer. He’s crouched at the intersection of desert Figure 8 races, skimmed alligator-infested waters with Florida bangstick hunters, ridden atop freight trains with migrants crossing Mexico and atop horses with Chilean cowboys crossing the Andes — to bring his audience into the story.

Haden’s radio and multimedia work has won awards from Edward R. Murrow, PRNDI, IRE and the Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists. His stories have been featured on programs including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Reveal and The Takeaway.

Haden holds degrees in geography, international studies and multimedia journalism. He grew up in the Midwest shearing sheep.

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A sober home operator is under arrest in Palm Beach County following a corruption investigation.

Ehab Iskander, 33, of West Palm Beach, faces six counts of patient brokering. He runs Integrity House, a sober home in Lake Worth. Sober homes — also known as halfway houses — are group living facilities for recovering addicts.

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Lawyers representing 142 retired NFL players filed a federal lawsuit against the NFL Monday in Fort Lauderdale.

They want the league to recognize CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, as an occupational hazard that should be covered by workers compensation.

Tony Gaiter, 42, is the lead plaintiff in the suit.

He played for the University of Miami, before going on to play for the New England patriots and the San Diego Chargers.

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President-elect Donald Trump will be sticking to his Thanksgiving tradition of visiting his estate in Palm Beach.

Republican National Committee spokesperson Sean Spicer told reporters about Trump’s holiday plans Monday morning.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced major flight restrictions will be in place around Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate from Tuesday afternoon through Friday.

The restrictions cover a circle about seven miles wide, but flights in and out of Palm Beach International Airport will not be affected.

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The nation’s top doctor is calling for a change in the way America addresses substance abuse.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy aims to remove the public stigma of addiction by defining it as a neurological brain disorder that needs to be addressed like any other chronic illness.

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Over the past week, a swarm of local and international artists have been working in parks and vacant lots in West Palm Beach, transforming the spaces into a giant outdoor museum. 

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The federal government is giving cities some new guidance on how far they can go in regulating sober homes.

The Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development issued the joint statement Thursday.

It gives local governments some legal wiggle room to oversee group housing for recovering addicts on a case-by-case basis.

For example, many cities bar more than three unrelated people from living in a single-family home. But sober homes are often given an exemption to that rule because the occupants are considered to be disabled and are protected by federal law.

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According to the Pew Research Center, just half of one percent of American adults have served on active duty in the military. The rate during World War II? About 9 percent. Some veterans of that generation feel that more people need to serve. 

Dr. Howard Greene served 30 years in the Army Medical Corps and retired a colonel.

“Participation is extremely important,” said Greene, 88, of Boynton Beach. “I don’t think there should be an alternative to military service.”

Ronald Leves served in the Army from 1958-1960.

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Cannibalism.

 

It’s happening at Palm Beach County schools. Not in the classroom - in the bus barn. 

  

“The doors are removed. The steps are gone. The cluster. Maybe also the transmission,” said Carl Boucard, Palm Beach County School District’s transportation manager, as he climbed through what's left of a 15-year old Bluebird model. A tree branch grows through the front where the windshield should be. 

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A penny sales tax hike was green-lighted Tuesday by voters in Palm Beach County.

Around 57 percent of voters approved raising the county’s rate from 6 to 7 percent. It’s expected to generate $2.7 billion  over the next decade. That money will go to fix schools, roads and bridges and to pay for new technology and construction projects.

“I think the community wants to see their penny at work very quickly,” said Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa.

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Marco Rubio decisively defeated Patrick Murphy on Tuesday night, earning a second term in the U.S. Senate by a margin of about 51 percent to 45 percent.

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Gordon Oliver “Ollie” Wareham says all of his songs tell a story.

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A group concerned about the Florida’s water is taking its message on the road.

The Now-or-Neverglades bus tour rolled through the Town of Palm Beach on Monday. The Everglades Foundation kicked off the 12-day road trip last week to drum up support for building a water storage reservoir in the Everglades Agriculture Area - southwest of Belle Glade.

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A Broward county judge heard testimony from six witnesses today (Thursday) in a case involving ballots missing Amendment 2, the “medical marijuana” question. Among the witnesses was Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes. County election officials confirmed four ballots went out without the Amendment 2 question. Those voters were issues new ballots to correct the problem.

As Hillary Clinton gave her speech at a rally in Lake Worth Wednesday, someone else was there giving the exact same speech:  The sign language interpreter.

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Hillary Clinton drove home a message to her supporters at a Palm Beach County rally Wednesday:  vote early.

“Go to any early voting site in your county,” Clinton said. “You can go between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to cast your ballot. In fact, you can go right after this rally to the Lantana Road Branch library — just three miles away.”

Clinton stopped at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth.

More than 10 million people nationwide have cast early ballots.  Two million of those were Florida.

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