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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Jobs
6:21 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Fast-Food Workers Gather To Protest Minimum Wage In South Florida

Fast-food workers hold up signs emblazoned with messages like "Better Pay for a Stronger Miami" to raise awareness for minimum wage increase.
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Late in the morning on Thursday, about 50 people gathered at Jackson Memorial Hospital to protest South Florida’s minimum wage of $7.93. The group marched through a steady drizzle of rain to a nearby Wendy's.

“We can’t support our families with what we’re making,” said Rebecca Ray, who works at the Wendy’s. “So we’re doing something about it.”

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Department Of Children And Families
7:02 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

What Does A Guardian Ad Litem Do For Children In The Court System?

Guardian Ad Litems are volunteers who act as the voice of abused and neglected children. Here, hopeful volunteers work in groups as part of their training.
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A Guardian ad Litem is the court-appointed voice of a child when government agencies suspect abuse or neglect. But the GAL program is, on the surface, unusual.

It’s built on a network of solely volunteers who take one case at a time, acting as eyes and ears for kids who are often too young to discerningly use their own. The future of those children is in large part determined by the Guardian ad Litem’s recommendation to the court.

Although the GAL program is held up as an example of what works in child advocacy, it is in a time of transition.

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Crime
2:54 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Broward County Wants To Clear Some Juvenile Criminal Records

Some kids with misdemeanors may be able to say good-bye to their records
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Five hundred young adults in Broward County may soon wake up to clean criminal records if the County Commission gives the go-ahead at its meeting Tuesday afternoon.

These kids are first-time, non-violent offenders who were eligible for the Civil Citation Program for Juveniles but were instead arrested and slapped with a misdemeanor.

The program is an opportunity to look at the source of the trouble-making and engage with other kids in similar situations. At the completion of the program, no mention is ever made on the kid’s record.

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Housing
6:26 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Not All Miami Neighborhoods Bounced Back With The Condo Boom

While parts of South Florida are undergoing a building frenzy, other parts are slowly falling apart.
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Since the local housing market picked up after the recession, Miami’s skyline includes a growing number of cranes pulling condos out of the ground. But the success story is not the only story of housing here in South Florida.

Martha Brannigan covers real estate for the Miami Herald and she has been working on a series called "Boom, Bust and Back."

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Living
4:51 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Delray Joins Other South Florida Cities Cracking Down On Panhandling

Delray Beach may join other South Florida cities in cutting down on panhandling.
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Life for panhandlers in South Florida is getting harder. Delray Beach may join several other South Florida cities in cracking down on the practice.

The city is not trying to outright ban panhandling, like it has been in some areas in Miami, but it is trying to legislate panhandling politeness.

The city is looking to add language to the municipal code defining what panhandling is and where it should be avoided. For example, it shouldn't happen within 15 feet of a sidewalk cafe or at bus stops.

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Government
4:00 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

The Police's Police Might Need Their Own Policing

Miami's Civilian Investigative Panel is facing scrutiny of its own.
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Miami’s Civilian Investigative Panel is in charge of policing the police, but the 12-year-old agency is having internal problems. The panel is in charge of reviewing the Miami Police Department's use of force, especially in cases of high-profile police shootings.

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News
11:52 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

House That Hosted Beatles May Not Have 'Any Time At All'

The Beatles waded in the pool of this bayside home near the La Gorce Golf Course in Miami Beach.
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  A home that provided the backdrop for a 1964 photo shoot with the Beatles is up for demolition, according to a notice placed in the Miami Herald this month. That possibility has some people reminiscing about old times and others whispering "historic preservation."

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Housing
4:39 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

New West Grove Development Offers Affordable Housing To Elderly

Gibson Plaza broke ground Monday with a big celebration.
Credit Wilson Sayre

Surrounded by a backhoe and excavators, more than 250 people celebrated the groundbreaking of a new housing development project in Miami’s West Grove neighborhood Monday morning.

Gibson Plaza is designed to be a mixed-use, mixed-income housing development offering affordable housing to the elderly. This development is the first project of its kind in over 50 years.

The project is a product of a public-private partnership between Miami-Dade County, two development groups, a private foundation, and Miami-Dade College.

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Sea-Level Rise
4:57 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Rhode Island Senator Cruises South Florida's Rising Seas

Rising seas is the issue driving Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to tour southern coastal states.
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Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will finish his tour of four southern coastal states with a final stop in South Florida Friday.

He has been talking with scientists, residents and business owners during his week-long trip to discuss rising seas. It’s part of an effort to get congress more engaged with the issue by relaying stories from the people and towns dealing with the issue.

The senator will be in South Florida Friday and will moderate the South Florida Climate Action rally in Pinecrest.

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Closing
4:39 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

David's Cafe Serves Its Last Colada

After 37 years, David's Cafe closed its doors for good this weekend.
Credit Wilson Sayre

David’s Café, an iconic South Beach haunt for locals and tourists alike, closed its doors for good this weekend.

Located the corner of 11th Street and Collins Avenue, David’s was flanked road construction that has dragged on for almost a year. The project has blocked sidewalks and increased gridlock. Adrian Gonzalez, owner, blamed the construction and the recession for sealing the café’s fate.

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FOUND Magazine
11:21 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

This Guy Will Publish The Love Letters You Lose

Davy Rothbart collects lost notes, letters and lists. He then publishes them in his magazine FOUND.
Credit Davy Rothbart

Davy Rothbart is a writer, contributor to This American Life and filmmaker. But he is probably best known as founder and collector of lost things for FOUND Magazine, a publication made of "anything that people have found."

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Fish
4:19 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Florida's Lionfish May Need To Rehearse Their Final Words

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is trying to get rid of the lionfish.
Credit Creative Commons / Flickr user Brian Popik

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is trying to eradicate an invasive species: the lionfish, which swims the South Florida seas.

It's is a funky-looking, red-and-white striped fish. Its fins fan out like a mane, hence the name. But the real image its name should conjure up is of a big bully.

The lionfish population has exploded over the past couple of decades. Its presence has increasingly hurt local native fish and other sea critters.

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Living
10:57 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Fort Lauderdale May Limit Homeless' Ability To Urinate In Public

Fort Lauderdale may crack down on homeless individuals urinating outside.
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Update: The Fort Lauderdale City Commission unanimously passed both ordinances on first reading. The second reading will most likely be scheduled for the next commission meeting on May, 6.

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How does a city strike a balance between the needs of the homeless and the needs of those around them? Those questions will be put to the Fort Lauderdale City Commission as they consider two provisions on the agenda at Tuesday’s commission meeting.

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Housing And Urban Development
8:22 am
Tue April 15, 2014

$30 Million To Miami-Dade Homeless Programs

HUD's Continuum of Care Program funds housing and other services for the homeless.
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released its list of organizations that will receive funding through the Continuum of Care Program this year. But this year programs are getting 5 percent less money than usual.

The Continuum of Care Program gives money to homeless assistance programs like housing and counseling services. It also funds emergency services to keep people off the street in the first place.

The budget squeezing that happened last year is now coming down the pipe into communities this year.

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Giving
8:20 am
Tue April 15, 2014

PhilanthroFest Held Again For Miami's Non-Profits

Estrellita Sibila started PhilanthroFest 3 years ago, it continues to connect non-profits in the community with people who want to get involved.
Credit Wilson Sayre

What do the Parks foundation of Miami Dade, The Awesome Foundation and the Wounded Worriers of South Florida all have in common? They were participants in the third annual PhilanthroFest held this weekend on Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus in Downtown Miami.

People slathered on sunscreen, milled around the dozens of Little white tents and talked community engagement. 

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