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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12:42 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Which One Is Better: Miami Or Miami Beach?

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Miami Beach is celebrating its centennial on Thursday with a giant concert with performances by Gloria Estefan, Andrea Bocelli and Flo Rida.

And while non-South Floridians and some sports anchors might not realize there's a difference between Miami and Miami Beach, people who live in each city hold a lot of pride for their hometowns. And sometimes, it leads to rivalry.

So my colleague John O'Connor and I each took up the cause for our side of the causeway. Take a listen for what lovers of each city had to say:

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Food
1:24 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Miami May Make It Easier For Farmers Markets To Get Permits

Miami is considering a measure that would create a path for farmers markets to get permits for cheaper than currently available options.
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The Miami City Commission will vote Thursday on a measure that would pave the way for farmers markets to get operating permits in the city.

Several years ago Miami approved a pilot program to make it easier for some small new farmers markets. On Jan. 1, 2014, that program lapsed and no one really took notice. Until an organization in Wynwood tried to get permission for a new farmers market and was told the special permit no longer existed.

Since then, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff has introduced an ordinance that would permanently reinstate the program.

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Criminal Law
8:50 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

State Supreme Court Extends Federal Ruling About Juvenile Sentencing

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The Florida Supreme Court has reached a groundbreaking decision about inmates who were sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole for crimes they committed while they were still kids.

The decision makes 2012's Miller v. Alabama apply retroactively. It was a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled mandatory life sentences without the opportunity for release were cruel and unusual.

For the past three years, 201 Florida inmates have been in a kind of limbo. They're inmates who were sentenced to life in prison without parole as juveniles before the Miller ruling.

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Elections
5:00 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Click Here To See Ongoing Tally Of Broward Municipal Election Results

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Eight municipalities in Broward County are holding elections Tuesday, March 10, that will affect about 230,000 registered voters.

Residents in Miramar and Plantation will cast their ballots for mayor, as well as for open commission seats. Voters in Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Coconut Creek, Lighthouse Point and Hillsboro Beach, will select all commissioners or council members today.

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Philanthropy
11:13 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Teaching Students How To Give Away Thousands Of Dollars

Chloe Castro talks to her team about installing solar panels on a Camillus House residence.
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The names of prominent South Florida philanthropists are hung on buildings, printed in program notes and regularly thanked at cultural gatherings -- names you probably recognize: Arsht, Knight, Frost.

Unfortunately, many South Floridians are not in a position to give away thousands of dollars to a cause they believe in. But a new course at Florida International University is giving a few students a taste of what it’s like – the accolades and the work that comes from charitable giving.

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Economics
10:42 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Income Is Only One Of The Ways South Florida Is Segregated

South Florida is of the most economically segregated metro-areas in the US. Housing developments like Liberty Square, contribute to some of the separation of the rich and the poor, but it's isolated rich enclaves that make that segregation the most pronounced.
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A new study from the University of Toronto's Martin Prosperity Institute ranks South Florida in the top 10 percent most segregated metro areas in the United States.

“Segregated Cities” ranks the degree to which 359 metro areas nationwide are segregated by income, education achievement, type of occupation and overall segregation. South Florida is 39th in the study's overall evaluation.

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Wastewater Treatment
3:35 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Swimmers, Watch Out For That Effluent

A swimming advisory is in effect at Oleta State Parks and other popular swimming destinations due to the release of untreated water.
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Swimmers beware: Miami-Dade County is having trouble holding its water.

The deluge over the weekend bathed the region in as much as eight inches of rain in some areas. But near Oleta River State Park, the flooding brought some badwater.

The North District Wastewater Treatment Plant overflowed, releasing about five million gallons of partially treated wastewater into the waters around the park.

Maul Lake, Sand Spur Island, and Biscayne Bay waters inside Haulover Inlet were also potentially affected.

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Michel Martin
7:17 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Giving Personality To The Immigration Debate

Panelists Diane Guerrero, Etana, Edwidge Danticat, and Richard Blanco share stories of finding their home.
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Joy, surprise, disappointment, hope, and the many shades of emotion in between were expressed center stage during a night of conversation and storytelling about immigration on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Michel Martin, former host of NPR’s “Tell Me More,” hosted the show "Long Way Home: Immigrant Stories of Old Roots and New Routes" in collaboration with WLRN. The production is part of a series of live events Martin has been hosting across the country.

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Science
6:20 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Big Money For Unique Ideas At New Frost Museum Building

Two Innovation Fellows will be selected in time for the opening of the museum's new building.
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Science innovators got a challenge today as the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science announced a new innovation fellowship it will offer starting in 2016. Two will be offered the first year: one for an invention to restore coral reefs and the other to help reduce people’s exposure to carcinogens.

The winner will get $100,000 to support the 12- to 18-month fellowship.

The money is part of a $1 million gift from Ted Caplow, CEO of Caplow Applied Science or CappSci, who has served various roles at the science museum in the past three years.

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Hospitals
3:00 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Despite Training Hospitals, South Florida Will Still Face Doctor Shortage

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Getting an appointment with a doctor may get a lot harder over the next ten years, according to a study out this week.

The report, commissioned by the Teaching Hospital Council of Florida and the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, says Florida is facing a troubling shortage of specialist doctors - to the tune of almost 7,000. Even though South Florida has a number of teaching hospitals, the survey finds the region will still feel the crunch, especially in Palm Beach County.

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The End of the Road
2:22 am
Mon February 16, 2015

How A Tourist Murder Shaped Juvenile Sentencing In Florida

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Early in the morning on September 8, 1993, Uwe Rakebrand and his wife, Kathrin, are driving from the Miami airport to a hotel on Miami Beach in their rented red Toyota Corolla. They have just arrived from Germany on a belated honeymoon.

As they approach I-95, the couple's car is bumped from behind. Kathrin had just read a crime brochure explaining what to do in this very type of situation, and Uwe follows its advice: Don’t pull over, it might be a robber.

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City Government
4:31 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Fort Lauderdale Mayor's Re-Election Sign Of A Storm Passed?

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler was re-elected to his post for a third term.
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Fort Lauderdale will not be getting a new mayor this year. Two-term incumbent Jack Seiler has won his third, and final, three-year term in office.

His landslide victory, with 71 percent of the vote, may mean a media storm has passed for Seiler.

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News
11:20 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Miami-Dade, Monroe Homeless Numbers Are Surprising

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Some surprising results have come out of the most recent homeless counts in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, results of which were released Thursday.

Across the two southernmost counties, a significant number of homeless have moved from shelters to living on the street.

In Dade, the total number of homeless people remained about the same as 2014– 4,152, down from 4,156 in 2014 — but the number of people living on the street as opposed to in shelters has increased by about 200 people.

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News
6:42 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

HUD Awards Florida $84 Million To End Homelessness

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Florida $84.3 million to support homeless services and housing facilities across the state.

Nationwide, HUD gave $1.8 billion, making Florida the sixth-largest recipient, trailing New York and California.

The funds will go to support what’s called the continuum of care -- a group of coordinated services that a homeless person moves through as he or she goes from the streets or shelters into some sort of permanent housing and ultimately, self-sufficiency.

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News
5:44 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Miami-Dade County Trying To Count Homeless Children

Miami-Dade County's iCount hopes to identify the number of homeless kids living within it's boarders.

By the end of January, all four South Florida counties will have conducted their yearly homeless counts as required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The numbers help local homeless initiatives figure out where to put their resources and if there have been any major shifts in the demographics of its homeless population.

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