Wilson Sayre

Reporter

Wilson Sayre was born and bred in Raleigh, N.C., home of the only real barbecue in the country (we're talking East here). She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she studied Philosophy.

Sayre took a year off school to live in a Zen monastery in Japan and quickly realized that a life of public radio would be a bit more forgiving. Upon returning to the States, she helped launch a news program at UNC’s college-radio station, WXYC. Through error and error, she taught herself how to make radio stories.

She worked with NPR member station WUNC in Chapel Hill, interning for The Story with Dick Gordon. Then she went on to help to run WUNC's Youth Radio Institute, teaching at-risk teenagers how to make radio.

Sayre likes to keep chickens, pickle okra and make sound collages.

Sayre initially came down to WLRN in 2013 for a reporting fellowship. After that, she decided she couldn't leave. She's continues her a mission to get more Miamians to wear overalls and say y'all.

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News
1:14 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Cracks Down On How Groups Can Give Food To The Homeless

Fort Lauderdale is considering cracking down on how the organizations feed the homeless out on the sidewalks.
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UPDATE Oct. 22, 12 p.m.: The regulations passed by a four-one commission vote around 3:30 Wednesday morning. 

Adding to crackdowns on where homeless people in Fort Lauderdale can sleep, go to the bathroom, and store their belongings, the city is now attempting to regulate how outside organizations provide food to them.

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Arts
4:55 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

In Miami, Panhandling Ban Extends To Street Performers

Patrick Rogers Sr. plays trumpet on the sidewalks of downtown Miami, but sometimes he's told he can't play because of the area's anti panhandling zone.
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A few days a week, Patrick Rogers, Sr., goes to downtown Miami to play trumpet on the sidewalk. But often enough, police stop him because they see street performance as a violation of Miami’s panhandling ban.

A couple musicians and lawyers are trying to figure out how to change that. Attorney Justin Wales and a few friends are drafting an ordinance whereby the city would allow street performers like Rogers to play unfettered.

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Business
4:48 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Too Many Contracts For White Men In Palm Beach County?

Palm Beach County wants to see if it awards a disproportionate amount of contracts to white, male-owned businesses.
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Palm Beach County commissioners decided Tuesday to spend $750,000 on a new disparity study to see if a disproportionate amount of contracts have been awarded to white, male-owned businesses, as opposed to women- and minority-owned businesses.

Because of a 1989 Supreme Court ruling, cities can’t set up special programs to favor minorities until there’s evidence of discrimination.

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Homelessness
12:11 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Executive Director Of Homeless Trust Talks About New Role

Around 800 people are homeless living on the streets in Miami-Dade County. The Homeless Trust was established to help those individuals.
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Vicki Mallette is wrapping up her first 90 days as the new executive director of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. She left her post as acting director of development, advocacy and communications for Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces to assume the  new position.

The Homeless Trust was founded in 1993, when there was a public call to deal with the thousands of men, women and children living on the streets, in shelters and in transitional housing across the county.

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Transportation
7:29 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Bus Fares Will Go Up In Broward

The new fee schedule hopes to affect minorities and the poor less.
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Broward County will increase its bus with about half of those hikes starting in November and the rest kicking off in October 2015.

The challenge in changing public transportation fares is that increases tend to disproportionately affect minorities and the poor.

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News
5:38 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Oranges Prevail In Florida Despite Greening

This year's orange crop production is projected to increase a bit this year over last year's.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its latest citrus projections for the season, with orange production up for the first time in the past three years. The state will produce an estimated 108 million boxes of oranges, which is a three percent increase from last year’s 104.6 million boxes.

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Book Fair
11:43 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Write Us A Six-Word Story About South Florida

WLRN-Miami Herald News has partnered with Miami Book Fair International for a project called #6wordsmiami. We're asking you to submit your stories about Miami and South Florida in six words.

To provide some inspiration, we wanted to share with you a few of the stories we've seen so far and the stories behind them.

We recorded stories from attendees at a #6wordsmiami event at Book and Books in Coral Gables. Hear them below.

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Water
2:49 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Tap Water May Be Smelly For Dania Beach And Hollywood Residents

A few Broward County municipalities will start their regular pipe cleaning process on Oct. 13th.
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Residents of Dania Beach and Hollywood may soon notice their tap water tasting a bit odd. It’s part of an effort to clean the system of the slime bacteria, molds and algae that can build up in any water system over time.

Instead of getting out the scrum brushes, municipalities simply increase the amount of chlorine in the water that runs through their pipes.

The increase in chlorine in the water is not a safety issue says Philip Skidmore, chief operator of the Dania Beach Water Plant.

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Crime
4:35 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Nightlife Shootings Are Not Uncommon In Miami-Dade

Fifteen people were injured in a shooting at The Spot Sunday, Sept. 28.
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  This past Sunday morning, 15 people were shot at a Miami night club.

The city and its surroundings have lived through numerous nightlife shootings. Bullets at bars and clubs have left at least 13 dead and 28 injured in Miami-Dade County since 2012.

Scroll below and click to the right and left of the slides to see some of the shootings that have occurred at nightlife spots since 2012.

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Homelessness
12:16 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Florida Sees Record Number Of Homeless Kids

Florida saw record numbers of homeless children in the latest numbers out from the U.S. Department of Education, but most of them will not get any housing assistance.
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A record number of homeless students are attending Florida Schools according to new numbers out from the U.S. Department of Education. Almost 70,000 kids in the state were homeless during the 2012-2013 school year, a 10-percent increase compared to the national average of 8-percent.

However, most of those kids are not recognized as homeless by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which acts as a clearinghouse for many social services available to the homeless.

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Jobs
11:29 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Construction Is The Story In This Month's Unemployment Numbers

Construction is responsible for the largest portion of new jobs in Florida.
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South Florida saw no major changes in the latest unemployment numbers. But the best news this month goes to the construction industry, which had the largest increase in job numbers. Over 43,000 construction jobs were added over the past year -- more than any other state in the country.

Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, says some of the increase has to do with a backlog of construction jobs that were stalled during the 2008 recession.

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Investigation
9:58 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Why More Than 300 People Have Been Arrested At This One Miami Intersection

A WLRN-Miami Herald investigation examined more than 500 court records from Miami-Dade County from the last 5 years.

More than 300 people have been arrested for trespassing around an intersection at Northwest 17th Street and the tracks.

The Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) police exist, in part, to handle crimes like train robbery and terrorism, but our investigation shows that 93 percent of their arrests are for trespassing.

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Florida East Coast Railroad
11:33 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Overtown Rail Crossing Is Hotspot For Arrests, But Most Are Dismissed

Florida East Coast Railway cops have notched hundreds of trespassing arrests at one section of track in Overtown alone — with few convictions and much criticism.
Credit Carl Juste / Miami Herald

On any given day in Overtown, dozens of people walk down Northwest 17th Street headed toward a homeless shelter, bus stops or a supermarket on the edge of downtown.

But first, pedestrians in this poor Miami neighborhood cross a little-used railroad track just east of Northwest First Avenue. And every time they do, they run the risk of getting arrested. 

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Environment
11:33 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Scientists Worry Warmer Keys Waters Might Harm Corals

The water off the Florida Keys is two degrees hotter than 100 years ago according to a new USGS study.
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  Late-summer waters off the Florida Keys are two degrees hotter than a century ago, according to a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey.

The report compares two periods of summer-month water temperature: historic data from lighthouse keeper records from the late 1800s and three decades of recent temperature data.

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Environment
7:26 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Could Your Sunscreen Be Harming Ocean Life?

A new study out suggests some chemicals in sunscreen may harm marine organisms.
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  While sunscreen is essential in protecting South Florida beach goers' skin, a new study from the Spanish National Research Council shows the skin protectant might also be killing off life in the ocean.

The study focuses on an aspect of sunscreens rarely looked at for its environmental impact: the nano-particles that block ultraviolet rays from baking our skin, including titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Those chemicals can be found in sunscreens available at any corner drugstore.

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