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
7:47 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

A List Of South Florida's Regulations On Homelessness

Click the link to the left to explore an interactive explaining some of the most recent homeless regulations
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Fort Lauderdale has come under fire for arresting a 90-year-old man who was feeding the homeless after the city passed tougher regulations on how outdoor “feedings” can be held.

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Veterans Day
4:36 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

France's Government Recognizes US Vets' Role On French Soil

The Legion of Honor Medal was awarded to three veterans living in South Florida.
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The Star-Spangled Banner was not the only national anthem sung at Tuesday’s Veterans' Day service at the University of Miami.

Philippe Létrilliart, the French Consul General, was a guest of honor at the proceedings, where he awarded three Legion of Honor medals to current South Floridians who fought in France.

The Legion of Honor is the highest decoration in France. It was created by Napoleon Bonaparte to recognize people with exceptional merit. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Douglas MacArthur were both recipients.

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History
1:11 am
Fri November 7, 2014

The Story Behind Miami's Projector, The 'Death Star Dumbbell'

The Spitz Model B Space Transit Projector is the last of its kind still in use in the world.
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At the center of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science’s Planetarium stands a masterpiece of its time: the Spitz Model B Space Transit Projector, a 1960s state-of-the-art machine that's the last of its kind still in use.

Forty-eight years ago, this heap of black aluminum began dazzling Miamians with the brilliance of an unadulterated night sky. In light of the museum's planned move to a new downtown building, the projector will probably not see another year of use.

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Marijuana
6:43 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Would Amendment Two Put Halloween Candy At Risk?

Critics of Amendment Two say weed-laced candy could be an issue if voters approve the initiative.
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Anti-Amendment Two groups in Florida are using Halloween to highlight what, in their opinion, is another strike against the legalization of medical marijuana: marijuana-infused treats called “edibles.”

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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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