Lily Oppenheimer

Intern, Summer 2018

Under a Missouri School of Journalism fellowship, I spent my last college semester in New York City editing and producing videos for Mic, an innovative news startup in One World Trade Center. After late nights of deadlines, finessing video pieces, bonding with coworkers and experimenting with editing techniques, I produced and filmed my own mini-documentary focusing on evolving Mic video strategies.

I’m a podcast junkie, I dabble in photography and I love walking for hours without a plan. Before traveling to New York, I anchored and produced morning newscasts for KBIA, an NPR-affiliate in Columbia, MO. During newsroom shifts interwoven with my past classes, I produced multimedia Missouri stories for KBIA, Vox Magazine, Newsy, The Reynolds Journalism Institute Futures Lab and the Columbia Missourian. I was also a project manager in the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

During my summer 2017 news internship with the Kansas City Star, I edited and produced features and investigative pieces with audio, video, photo and graphics alongside my writing.

I'm a musician, a dancer, and I love experimenting in the kitchen (even though those experiments usually end in disaster.) On the weekends you’ll find me in salsa clubs, playing piano, cooking chili, blasting my music, hiking and eating dark chocolate.

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Taimy Alvarez / Sun-Sentinel

A circuit judge ruled Friday that the Parkland school shooter’s education records should be made public.

Lawyers for 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz had attempted to block the release of the records, saying that making them public violated Cruz’s privacy rights and could affect his right to a fair trial.

Cruz’s attorney, Special Assistant Public Defender David Frankel, said releasing this report was only “self-serving” to the school district. 

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During a Liberty City summer camp in Thena Crowder Early Childhood and Diagnostic Center, 15 pre-Kindergarten children lined up for a game: Red Light, Green Light, Safari.


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South Florida activist groups held a march and blocked traffic Wednesday near the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement field office in Miramar.

The group blocked streets at the intersection of SW 29th Street and 145th Avenue for hours.

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The 2018 Florida Supercon brought a cornucopia of superhero and comic fans together inside the Broward Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.

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A wheelchair or mobile disability doesn’t have to keep people from enjoying water sports at Boynton Beach - now everyone of all abilities can launch kayaks off the dock at Harvey E. Oyer Jr. Park.

The City celebrated a new accessible EZ Kayak Launch, paid for with the help of a $28,500 Florida Department of Environmental Protection grant applied for in 2015. The total cost of the kayak launch was over $58,000.  

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Survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and their families filed on Wednesday a federal civil rights lawsuit against Broward County, public officials and Broward County Public Schools employees.


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Stoneman Douglas shooter Nikolas Cruz had a well-documented history of severe behavioral problems. And yet he easily purchased firearms with his state ID card on his 18th birthday. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Tuesday that Cruz’s mother helped him to buy those guns. 

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Sean Callahan didn't think twice about driving to Key Largo to get fireworks. He had to. The warehouse there carries hundreds of multi-shot fireworks — some that can't be found in Miami-Dade County.

After weaving in and out of rows of sparklers, Roman candles and artillary shells, a smiling Callahan rolled his $800 cartload of rockets and mortar shells into his car.

“I’m really just a big kid – they’re all for me,” he said proudly.  

Miami Herald

Florida Republican leaders are meeting in Orlando to plot their strategy for election year. The 2018 Sunshine Summit kicks off Thursday night with a debate between gubernatorial candidates Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam. This is the first time both candidates face each other.

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Thousands of fans gathered at the BB&T Center in Sunrise on Wednesday to mourn the loss of Broward-native rapper Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, known as XXXTentacion. 

United Way of Miami-Dade

After a month of online voting for the United Way of Miami-Dade's first Inspire305 grant competition, two local nonprofits won a combined $35,000 Thursday night to jumpstart learning opportunities for communities of color and bring music to ailing or aging Miami residents. 

And, in a last-minute twist, at the ceremony for the announcement a donor decided to add $5,000 to each of the prizes.  

Lily Oppenheimer / WLRN

Just a few months before the August gubernatorial primary, real estate billionaire Jeff Greene recently joined the Florida Democratic race for governor. He joins Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Orlando businessman Chris King in the race. Greene has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration and a new television ad shows Greene arguing with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club where Greene is a member. He joined Sundial to discuss his campaign, what he stands for and how he’s willing to spend millions to turn the governor’s mansion blue.


Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade County commissioners will vote on the future of an 836 highway extension on Wednesday as tensions brew over traffic congestion in South Florida. This extension will add a 14-mile stretch of highway from the western portion of the 836, moving south along the Urban Boundary Development line west of Kendall.

Jewish Museum of Florida

Miami-Dade commissioners will vote Wednesday on the controversial 836 extension - a project to prolong the highway for 14 miles south of its current location and west of Kendall. Many people who live in Kendall and commute downtown have expressed support for the project. Those in opposition say the extension could wind into the Everglades. Sundial sat down with Tere Garcia from the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority to discuss the proposal.

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