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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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The Everglades
5:46 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Everglades Water Circulation Program Will Move Forward

Water may soon be flowing a bit easier in the Everglades.
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The South Florida Water Management District decided Thursday morning to OK an Everglades restoration project it designed.

Since 2011, the District has been working to develop a $1.9 billion plan to put some circulation back into the heart of the Everglades.

"It is going to require removing lot of things that have been put in," says Randy Smith, a representative for the Water District. "[It will require] creating new water-flow projects and water storage projects. The landscape is going to more closely resemble what it was originally."

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Hard To Hire
3:46 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Felons, Drop-Outs And The Poor: Broward Wants To Hire You

The Broward County Commission is trying to help out hard-to-hire people.
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Felons, high-school dropouts and the poor might get a helping hand when looking for a job in Broward County.

The County Commission is considering an ordinance that would require contractors to try and give half of those new contract-related jobs to hard-to-hire people.

"Try" is the operative word.

The ordinance would not require contractors to actually hire these people. They just have to make a good faith effort to find someone who falls into the hard-to-hire category. 

 

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Miami Herald
3:13 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

The Miami Herald Has A New President And Publisher

Alex Villoch is the first woman to fill the position of publisher of the MIami Herald Media Company in its 110-year history.
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The Miami Herald Media Company has a new president and publisher—and it didn't have to look too far. Alexandra Villoch, currently Senior Vice President for advertising, will start her new role on April 14th. The announcement was made to a receptive room mostly comprised of Herald employees.

Villoch is the first woman to fill the role in the company's 110-year history.

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Sea-Level Rise
10:40 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Why Sea-Level Rise Might Hurt Poor Neighborhoods More Than Coastal Areas

Some lower-income neighborhoods may be more vulnerable to the impacts of rising seas than coastal areas.
Credit Keren Bolter

Keren Bolter is a doctoral student of geosciences at Florida Atlantic University researching what areas in South Florida are particularly threatened by rising seas. She says all methods of analysis for the risks of sea-level rise only focus on financial vulnerability -- ranking Fort Lauderdale Beach and Miami Beach as high-risk -- but to her, that's not the whole story.

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Government
3:47 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Your Garage Sale Might Be Illegal

Yard sales in Miami must be permitted, but the city commission hopes making the permits free will encourage code compliance.
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Weekends, of course, are prime time for garage sales. But it may surprise you that the sale must have a permit, otherwise it’s illegal.

The Miami City Commission voted Thursday to remove the $28.50 fee the permits used to cost, in the hopes that more people will toe the line.

Permitting for garage sales is nothing new; Coral Gables, North Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Hollywood also require permitting.

In Miami you’re allowed up to 2 garage sales per year. But if you owe any fines because of code violations, you’ll have to settle up before a permit can be issued.

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