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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Health Care
3:22 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Florida First In Medicaid Coverage For Mentally Ill

Florida is rolling out new Medicaid plans specifically for people with severe mental health diagnoses.
Credit Creative Commons of Charles Bell's Anatomy of the Brain, c. 1802 / Flickr user Shaheen Lakhan

  This month, Florida became the first state to offer a Medicaid plan dedicated to people who are diagnosed with severe mental health disorders.

It’s part of a larger move by the state’s Medicaid officials to move coverage towards a managed care system. It means one organization takes care of and coordinates all of a person’s health care needs: no more separate dental, vision, and internal medicine plans.

Mental health issues are almost twice as prevalent among Medicaid recipients than in the general population.

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Housing
7:19 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Little Havana Development Gives Homes To Nearly 200 People

Amistad is the newest affordable housing development from Carrfour Supportive Housing and Pinnacle Housing Group
Credit Wilson Sayre

 

Almost 200 people now have a place to call home in an affordable housing development just opened in Little Havana.

In addition to a roof, kitchens and beds for low-income and formerly homeless people, Amistad’s 89 apartments offer supportive housing services:

“We do case management, we do employment and training services, we do life-skills training, we do parenting-skills trainings, we do activities with the kids,” says Stephanie Berman, president of Carrfour Supportive Housing.

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Architecture
5:58 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

New Buildings Put Bay Harbor MiMo Architecture At Risk

Bay Harbor's Miami Modern architecture has made the list for most endangered historic sites in the country.
Credit Miami-Dade County Office of Historic Preservation

  Bay Harbor’s East Island has been listed as one of the most endangered historic places in the country.

The island, which is home to one of the largest concentrations of Miami Modern architecture in the nation, joined 10 other endangered sites on a list compiled by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Money
3:16 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

How Will Libraries Fare In Gimenez's Budget?

Credit Creative Commons / Flickr user Phillip Pessar

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is slated to reveal his proposal for next year’s budget tomorrow and lots of eyes are on how much he will allocate for county libraries.

John Quick, president of Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Libraries, has fought cuts in library hours and personnel as the county is forced to dip into reserves to keep them afloat.

 

For Quick, $64 million is the magic number.

 

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Beach
11:59 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Five Misconceptions About South Florida Lifeguards

Anthony Mariano and Erick Guzman have been Ocean Rescue lifeguards for Hallandale Beach for the past several years.
Credit Wilson Sayre

For many beach-goers, lifeguards only exist inside the tiny towers that dot the beach and in their memories of Baywatch episodes.

So what lifeguards (or ocean rescuers) actually do isn't widely understood.

Here are five misconceptions about lifeguards for you below:

1. This is a summer job for college kids.

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Veterans Affairs
4:19 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Nurses Training At FIU To Team Up With VA

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Florida International University will now partner with Veterans Affairs medical centers in Miami to provide training to budding nurses.

The Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership provided the university with an $8 million grant to bring in more students and faculty over the next five years. Twenty additional students will start this fall, totaling 160 students over the next five years.

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Airports
5:34 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Tip Your Wheelchair Pusher At Fort Lauderdale Airport

Many wheelchair attendants at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport make less than minimum wage.
Credit Wilson Sayre

Take our quiz to see how good you are at identifying who you should tip.  

If you eat at a restaurant, it's obvious you won't just pay the price of your meal. Tipping is not just customary, it is understood to be part of a server's take-home pay.

It is not so obvious, however, that wheelchair attendants at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are paid the very same way.

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Food Banks
12:18 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Local Food Distrubutor Gets Funding Increase

Homestead-based Farm Share received an extra $500,000 this year to go towards food transportation.
Credit Creative Commons

A Homestead-based food-assistance program called Farm Share received a $1.5 million check last week. State Rep. Kionne McGhee delivered the money, which was allocated in this year’s state budget. This is a $500,000 increase from last year’s state contribution.

Farm Share uses inmate and volunteer labor to sort, package and deliver food to churches, soup kitchens or other organizations across the state that use and distribute food to those in need. It provides the food for free, unlike many other food distribution organizations.

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Remembering
11:49 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Trayvon Martin Foundation Finds Home At Florida Memorial University

The Trayvon Martin Foundation has found a home at Florida Memorial University.
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The Trayvon Martin Foundation now has a home at Florida Memorial University.

The foundation was started by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of the Miami Gardens teen who was shot and killed in 2012. Fulton is an alumna of the university. Her foundation works to raise awareness about the impact of violent crimes on families and communities. It’s a support system for people who have experienced tragedies.

Roslyn Artis, president of the Miami Gardens university, sees this as an opportunity to turn tragedy into education.

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Living
11:41 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Florida Gets Big Food Stamp Bonus

Florida will get a big bonus for accurately administering it's food assistance program.
Credit Creative Commons / Flickr user Clementine Gallot

Florida is getting a big bonus this year. The Federal Department of Agriculture is rewarding the state $7 million for being efficient and accurate when it comes to giving out food stamps to families.

At 0.81 percent error rate, the state ranks the second most accurate in the country. That means families don’t get more, or less, help than they qualify for.

The bonus won’t mean more money in the pockets of families, but it will help streamline the process for future need.

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Newscast
7:28 am
Tue June 24, 2014

June 24, 2014: Daily Newscasts

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News you heard:

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Newscast
9:05 am
Mon June 23, 2014

June 23, 2014: Daily Newscasts

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News you heard:

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Transportation
6:32 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

We Asked Miami-Dade Transit Why Not Every Bus Stop Has A Shelter

Not all bus stops have shelters like this one in unincorporated Miami-Dade County.
Credit Miami-Dade Transit

There are about 8,000 bus stops throughout Miami-Dade County. But Miami-Dade Transit is only responsible for 3,300 -- municipalities are responsible for the approximately 5,000 that fall within city limits. Of the bus stops in unincorporated Miami-Dade, only about a third have a shelter.

Albert Hernandez is assistant director for the Division of Engineering, Planning and Development at Miami-Dade Transit.

He says the lack of shelters is apparently not due to money.

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Swimming
12:28 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Research Shows Some Black Kids At A Higher Risk Of Drowning

Drowning is the number one killer of children under the age of four.
Credit Wilson Sayre

Florida has the highest rate of drowning in the country and for those younger than 4, water is the No. 1 killer aside from birth defects. But the danger is not spread equally among all children.

Overall, black kids drown at a much higher rate than other children. But among the youngest group of kids — younger than school age — whites and Hispanics fare worse. It’s around the 4 or 5 years old when those tides turn and black kids drown at about three times the rate of other children.

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Execution
8:54 am
Wed June 18, 2014

John Henry To Be One Of First Executed Since Botched Oklahoma Procedure

John Henry is set to be executed at 6:00pm Wednesday night.
Credit Florida Department of Corrections

UPDATE 6/19/2014 -- John Henry's execution was temporarily delayed waiting for a last-minute appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court which was denied. Henry was pronounced dead at 7:43pm.

Eddie Davis is the next person scheduled to be executed in the state. That will take place on July 10th.

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Florida is on track to execute its first inmate since the flawed and controversial execution in Oklahoma that led to an inmate’s heart attack.

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