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A Miami anti-violence activist crumpled onto the floor in a Tallahassee courtroom screaming after the man who shot and killed her son was found not guilty.

Tangela Sears’ son David Queen was killed during an argument at the Tallahassee apartment complex where he lived in 2015.

Michael Mason shot 29-year old Queen and then called 911 to report the shooting.  Queen was not armed.

A favorite with South Florida listeners since January, 1999, WLRN’s "Topical Currents" program ends on Sept. 28 with the retirement of host Joseph Cooper. But WLRN's commitment to bringing entertaining and informative discussions to our afternoon audience will continue with a new program, hosted by Luis Hernandez.

 

WLRN News has been honored with four  Salute to Excellence awards by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). 

The Salute to Excellence Awards honor work from print, television, radio, online, photojournalism, and public relations. Winners for the 2017 edition were announced Saturday, Aug. 12, during NABJ's 42nd Annual Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans, the largest annual gathering of journalists of color in the country.

WLRN was the only radio station that won more than three awards. Here are the winners: 

WLRN News won five awards at the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) conference in June, including one first place in Breaking News.

PRNDI began awarding top radio journalism in diverse categories in 1988, and today it remains the only national contest that honors local radio reporting. This year,WLRN hosted the PRNDI conference, as hundreds of news directors from around the country gathered in Sunny Isles Beach.

WLRN Receives 12 Sunshine State Awards

Jul 24, 2017

WLRN took home 12 awards at the Sunshine State Awards Ceremony on July 22, including first places in investigative reporting and news website.

The Sunshine State Awards are presented by the Florida branch of the Society of Professional Journalists. WLRN was awarded the following prizes:

WLRN Recognized With 11 Green Eyeshade Awards

Jul 24, 2017

WLRN took home 11 awards, including three first places, in the 2017 Green Eyeshade Awards.

The Green Eyeshade Awards, given by the Society of Professional Journalists, have been recognizing Southeastern news for 67 years, making this the nation's oldest regional journalism contest. The region is composed of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

WLRN won in the following categories:

WLRN News Wins 9 Regional Murrow Awards

Apr 25, 2017

WLRN News has won nine Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including excellence in innovation, feature, hard news, and investigative reporting. 

The Murrow awards, awarded since 1971 by the Radio Television Digital News Organization, recognize stories that put public interest above all else, provide a catalyst for public discussion and adhere to the RTDNA Code of Ethics. They are named in honor of  Edward R. Murrow, a pioneer who set the standards for the highest quality of broadcast journalism. 

WLRN News' work has been recognized with four National Headliner Awards, including a first place award for Social Media.

The National Headliner Awards was founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City, making it one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic excellence in the United States.

WLRN News took home nine first place and four runner-up awards at this year's Florida Associated Press Broadcasters competition.

Results were announced at a gala event April 8 in Orlando. One WLRN News story, "We Spent the Night on a Nuclear Submarine," by Sammy Mack and Wilson Sayre, captured first place in two categories -- Feature | Light News and Use of Sound for Radio.

WLRN Morning Edition host Wanda Myles has been helping South Florida wake up for more than a decade.

For many of us, she has been the bright voice that wakes us up in the mornings and spends time with us in kitchens, offices and car as the sun rises over the ocean and our days get going. 

Today (March 28) marks her last day at WLRN. We wish her nothing but the best of luck in her next adventure. 

But before she leaves our studios, we want to take a moment to share some of our favorite things about Wanda off and on the airwaves. 

José A. Iglesias / Miami Herald

A group assembled to advise the Miami-Dade school district in its ongoing dispute with WLRN floated a radical option in an initial meeting on Friday: having the school system sell the license of the award-winning public radio and TV station.

To say Jo Asmundsson was passionate about her community and WLRN would be understatement.

Jo was a vivacious woman who committed 27 years to WLRN, beginning in 1990 when she stepped through the front doors to volunteer with WLRN’s Radio Reading Service. She was exceptional, she was dedicated and most importantly, she was family.

WLRN News has won three awards from the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters. Ten additional works are finalists for awards, which will be announced next month.

The three winners for the 2016 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters awards are:

- Investigative Series

WLRN News is launching a new project. It’s called Palm Readers. No, we're not becoming psychics, but our newsroom does want to help answer some questions you might have about life here in South Florida.

Luis Hernandez sat down with Engagement producer Katie Lepri recently to discuss  how the project works and how you can get involved. 

H: What is Palm Readers? 

L: It's a community-driven journalism project. Basically, we want to know what you want to know. Really.

Daniel Bock For the Miami Herald

WLRN News hired freelance reporter Susannah Nesmith to report the following story. WLRN News did not direct any of her reporting. That’s because WLRN News itself is a subject of the reporting. NPR edited the story.

Miami-Dade School District Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has abandoned attempts by his staff to take over the news operations of WLRN.

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