Peter Haden

Palm Beach Reporter

Peter Haden is WLRN’s Palm Beach Reporter. His stories cover the diverse issues and voices of a region that includes both the richest and poorest cities in Florida, the president’s “Winter White House,” the state’s leading agricultural territory, a bustling cruise and container port, vibrant immigrant communities, world-famous beaches and the Everglades.

Before joining WLRN, Haden reported for the investigative reporting showcase Reveal, WJCT in Jacksonville, Cronkite News in Phoenix and as a worldwide freelancer. He’s crouched at the intersection of desert Figure 8 races, skimmed alligator-infested waters with Florida bangstick hunters, ridden atop freight trains with migrants crossing Mexico and atop horses with Chilean cowboys crossing the Andes — to bring his audience into the story.

Haden’s radio and multimedia work has won awards from Edward R. Murrow, PRNDI, IRE and the Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists. His stories have been featured on programs including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Reveal and The Takeaway.

Haden holds degrees in geography, international studies and multimedia journalism. He grew up in the Midwest shearing sheep.

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Palm Beach County is the first county in Florida to ban conversion therapy for minors.

County commissioners voted 5-2 Tuesday to ban the controversial form of treatment that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation.

Opponents say the practice is pseudoscience dangerous to gay, lesbian and transgender youth. The American Psychiatric Association also opposes the practice and calls it unethical.

But supporters of conversion therapy argue the ban will infringe on free speech, religious freedom and parental rights.

No Snow Needed: Postcards From South Florida's Holiday Season

Dec 18, 2017

In South Florida, it can be easy to forget what time of year it is. But even though the thermometer is traveling up past 80, it is the holidays.

Here are snapshots — or postcards — of some South Florida holiday traditions.

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The Department of Justice last month issued letters to 29 jurisdictions across the country with policies it believes create so-called “sanctuary cities.”

One letter was bound for a city in Florida: West Palm Beach.

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If you run a business in Florida, you have the right to maintain a drug-free workplace. But does that apply to drugs prescribed by a doctor — like medical marijuana and opioid painkillers?

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Former Metallica bassist and Jupiter resident Jason Newsted is used to electrifying crowds with his rib-rattling bass lines.

Now he’s sending that vibe though a new instrument: a paint brush.

A new exhibit of his painting and sculpture, Rawk - The Art of Jason Newsted, runs through Feb. 3rd at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in downtown Lake Worth.

Listen to Newsted drive his energy:

“The paintings look like the music sounds,” said Newsted.

The art carries the same energy that conjured Newsted’s metal sound.

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Sixteen men are facing charges in an investigation targeting drug dealers in Boynton Beach. The busts are focused on curbing the opioid overdoses overwhelming the city.

Police arrested 10 men during a sweep throughout Palm Beach County on Tuesday. Authorities confiscated $1,240, two handguns and dozens of plastic bags of heroin, cocaine, crack and marijuana, according to the Boynton Beach Police Department.

The busts are part of Operation Cherry Pill, a yearlong investigation aimed at pulling alleged drug dealers off the streets of Boynton Beach.

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Hundreds of Florida hospitality workers marched to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach Tuesday, just hours after the Department of Homeland Security announced the end of temporary protected status for some 50,000 Haitians.

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The Town of Palm Beach is preparing for President Trump’s Thanksgiving visit to his Mar-a-Lago estate.

Eight miles up the coast, the Port of Palm Beach is hosting another visitor: a mega-yacht owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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The ability to communicate during emergencies, like Hurricane Irma , is critical. When phones and the internet go down, there’s something else South Florida emergency operations centers, or EOC’s, can turn to: amateur radio operators.

It’s sometimes referred to as "ham" radio, and the operators are sometimes called “hams.”

In Broward County, there are ham radio antennas mounted on all of the hurricane shelters and some of the hospitals, ready to be activated. There’s also a room full of ham radios at the Broward County EOC.

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Palm Beach County veterans now have greater access to benefits they’ve earned.

The county held a grand opening Wednesday for its new South County Veterans Services Office at 345 S. Congress Ave. in Delray Beach.

“We have a lot of veterans in the Delray-Boca area,” Palm Beach County Veteran Services Supervisor Jose Capellan said. “Having an office here — closer to our clientele — allows us to serve the south county veterans a lot easier.”

The new office is open for walk-ins or appointments. Previously, most vets had to travel to the main office in West Palm Beach.

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Economic development teams in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties are working together to reel in a whopper: Amazon’s second corporate headquarters.

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As Floridians continue lining up for food assistance due to hardships caused by Hurricane Irma, state officials announced they intend to re-open enrollment in two South Florida counties to meet demand.

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The water level in Lake Okeechobee appears to have stabilized.

Rainwater from Hurricane Irma has pushed the lake over an alarming 17 feet. It's risen more than 3 feet since the storm, the highest the lake level has been since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. That prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct daily inspections of the lake’s 80-year-old dike.

The Corps has been working to reinforce the eroded Herbert Hoover Dike for a decade. The $1.7 billion project is scheduled to take another eight years.

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Lake Worth is preparing for a colorful transformation.

Street artists from around the world are getting ready to paint, sculpt and sketch public spaces in downtown Lake Worth.

The city will be the site of this year’s CANVAS Outdoor Museum show Nov. 26-Dec. 2. Billed as the nation’s largest outdoor museum, the week-long event aims to transform city streets into a space for world-class art.

The event’s founder, Nicole Henry, said this year’s show is all about the love.

“This year the theme is going to be unity and how art brings us all together,” Henry said.

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