Ruth Morris

Ruth came to South Florida seven years ago to cover immigration for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Before that, she worked as a freelance journalist based in Bogota, covering Colombia's civil conflict, drug violence and political trends. She has also reported from Venezuela, Israel, Cuba and Haiti, for radio and print media, including the BBC, the Los Angeles Times and the Financial Times. Ruth currently lives in Shanghai, China.

Under the Sun
5:55 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Five Questions: Peter Zalewski

Peter Zalewski, principal of Condo Vultures

Five years ago, Peter Zalewski was working as a business journalist, but he jumped into real estate before the condo crisis hit and founded Condo Vultures. His provacatively named real estate firm has grown by leaps and bounds, helping buyers to sift through the foreclosure stats and find steals in South Florida’s real estate collapse. Last year, he also appeared in Michael Moore’s

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Under the Sun
5:53 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Free Divers Add Depth To Their Lives

Niki Roderick and Martin Stepanek

South Florida is becoming a freediving hub, thanks in part to renowned Czech diver Martin Stepanek, who founded Freediving Instructors International in Fort Lauderdale. His partner Niki Roderick– also an accomplished free diver– teaches courses too.

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Under the Sun
3:18 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

A Penny Per Pound

Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Scott Robertson

Norberto Jimenez is a low-wage migrant worker who joined the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in their battle against Burger King and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange.  We sent Ruth Morris into the tomato fields of South Florida to find out more.

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Education
2:20 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

From Alien to Citizen

Courtesy of Chuck Felix / Freedigitalphotos.net
  • Ruth Morris's experiences as an immigration beat reporter have colored her vision of what it means to transition from immigrant to American. She tells WLRN that an unlikely event renewed her faith in what it means to be an American and the opportunity it provides.

Immigration officials say there is an often an increase in the number of people applying for U.S. citizenship before a presidential election.

Former Under the Sun producer Ruth Morris is one of those immigrants who wants to become a citizen. For three years, Morris covered South Florida immigration, a beat that can earn you a slew of angry emails.  It can also make you cynical, according to Morris. Some of her readers got angry when she used the term “undocumented workers.” They preferred “illegal aliens.”

 

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Under the Sun
5:45 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

What South Florida Cyclists and Drivers Have to Say to Each Other

Bikes in Monroe County.
Diego Quiros

This is a place that’s sunny, warm, and flat. It seems like it should be a pretty perfect place to ride a bike. It’s not.

Last month, the 36-year-old father, husband and amateur triathelte Aaron Cohen was hit and killed by a car while riding on the Rickenbacker Causeway. The tragedy revived a debate about how drivers and cyclists share—or don’t share—our roads.

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Haiti Earthquake
1:07 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Faith In The Aftermath

A man stands and prays outside the collapsed National Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, on Sunday Jan. 16, 2010.
Patrick Farrell/The Miami Herald

When Rev. Jean-Mary Reginald learned about the massive earthquake in Haiti, he reflexively walked to his church– Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church in Little Haiti– and opened the doors.  People began to arrive immediately.  The church, he says, “is the living room” of the Haitian-American community in South Florida.

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Under the Sun
12:52 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

A Garage That’s All Glam

It’s not often you come across a parking garage that throws glamorous parties and books fashion shoots. But the building at 1111 Lincoln Road is not your run-of-the-mill parking garage…

“Eleven-Eleven” was designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the architectural firm that produced the “Birds Nest” stadium in Beijing, and is also behind the new Miami Art Museum.

Developer Robert Wennett wanted to build a garage that would challenge assumptions about what a garage can be, and he wanted to make money off restaurant and retail leases. But he also wanted to create a public space.

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Haiti Earthquake
11:07 am
Fri July 16, 2010

Patrick Farrell: An Audio Slide Show From The Quake

Patrick Farrell/The Miami Herald

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE AUDIO SLIDE SHOW.

Miami Herald photographer Patrick Farrell has been traveling to Haiti for years.  In fact, it was has evocative work about the victims of Haiti’s disastrous 2008 storms that won him the Pulitzer Prize.

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Haiti Earthquake
11:03 am
Thu July 15, 2010

Songs From A Tent Camp

A young woman prays at the site of the collapsed National Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, just days after the earthquake.
Patrick Farrell/The Miami Herald

While I was reporting on the earthquake in Haiti, I was often taken aback by people singing. Walking down the street, a nun stretched her palms to the sky and seemed to be singing a question to the heavens.  And on my last night in Port-au-Prince, I recorded quake survivors singing at 3 a.m., as they danced around a tent camp– no toilets, no air conditioning, little food– singing.

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Haiti Earthquake
11:47 am
Thu January 21, 2010

Calling Home To Haiti

Pictures of missing loved ones on a board at the Haitian Relief Information Center.
Ruth Morris

Gracia Desille is 57, a grandmother and a dry cleaner.  After Haiti’s earthquake,  she became one of thousands of Haitian-Americans in South Florida desperately searching for news about their families back home.

“I try try… call. I buy (phone) cards. I buy cards. So many cards…” she told me. “Nobody answers.”

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Haiti Earthquake
12:02 pm
Sat January 16, 2010

Marleine Bastien: Helping And Hurting

A woman prays for earthquake victims at Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church.
Ruth Morris

The day after Haiti’s devastating quake I walked into Notre Dame D’Haiti church in Miami to find people singing hymns, their palms turned to the sky, their rosary beads swinging gently.  Some knelt, slouching over the pews in front of them, heads buried– a posture that suggested grief as much as prayer.

Little Haiti seemed to be moving in slow motion as people first grappled with the magnitude of the destruction in their homeland.

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Haiti Earthquake
1:12 pm
Mon October 19, 2009

Hip Hop For Haiti

Mecca aka Grimo

We caught up with hip-hop artist Mecca aka Grimo at a recent TPS rally. TPS (Temporary Protected Status) is short-hand for a legal shield that allows immigrants to remain in the United States temporarily, while their home country recovers from natural disaster, or unrest. Haiti has seen plenty of both, but Haitians have never received the protection.

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Under the Sun
2:47 pm
Sat June 27, 2009

Cities Of Refuge

Miami skyline
Carlos Barria

Perhaps more than anyone else, writers understand the need for a safe place to pursue their craft. Unfortunately, in some countries a poem or an essay can lead to persecution, arrest, or worse.  Find out how writers like Russell Banks, Salman Rushdie and

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