Riane Roldan

Intern, Summer 2018

Riane Roldan is a Miami native and a rising senior at Emerson College in Boston, where she is the news editor at the student newspaper, The Berkeley Beacon.

This summer, she looks forward to returning to her hometown and finally having some of her abuela’s pastelitos de guayaba. Always an avid reader, Riane is most content when she has herself, a book and an open space to let her imagination roam. After considering careers in Egyptology, professional tennis playing and law, she realized journalism would allow her to do all three (sort of). But it wasn’t until working at the student newspaper at Miami Dade College, The Reporter, that her passion for the penned-profession was truly solidified. Since then, she’s interned at The Medill Justice Project, transferred to Emerson College, and landed a spot at the New York Times Student Journalism Institute.

At WLRN, she looks forward to covering issues of identity, race and ethnicity, and social justice while telling the stories of the crazy, sunshine-filled city she calls home.

Ways to Connect

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WLRN interns spent some time this summer looking at how the idea of gender is changing in South Florida. This story is part of their project.

At a journal-making workshop in early August, a group of 20 people gathered around tables at the Miami Workers Center in Liberty City. They talked loudly while folding paper, cutting fabric and gluing cardboard together to create a hardcover journal from scratch.

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They call themselves the coral whisperers: a global band of scientists working together to save the world's coral reefs.

Latino Salud

While South Florida continues to have the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses in the country, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Latino men have the highest rates of HIV infection among different demographic groups. 

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In a unanimous vote at the Miami-Dade County Commission meeting on Tuesday, concession workers at Miami International Airport were included in the county’s living wage ordinance. While $4.98  may not seem like a lot, it’s a chunk of change Miami International Airport concession workers have been fighting to earn for years.

Wendi Walsh, the secretary and treasurer of Unite Here Local 355, is a member of the union that’s been leading the fight. “They’re not gonna get rich, but they’re gonna be able to put food on the table for their kids, so we’re thrilled,” says Walsh.

The Florida Phoenix

The Everglades Foundation is kicking off a campaign to include the Everglades Reservoir in this year’s federal Water Resources Development Act bill. The reservoir is designed to move water away from Lake Okeechobee and reduce the spread of the discharge causing the toxic algae blooms on both coasts. The announcement comes days after Governor Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency as a result of the toxic algae blooms. Dr. Steven Davis is the chief ecologist at the Everglades Foundation. He joined Sundial to discuss the dangers of toxic algae. 


TAIMY ALVAREZ SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL VIA AP POOL / WLRN

Broward Judge Elizabeth Scherer set a tentative trial timeline Monday afternoon for the confessed gunman in the Parkland school massacre.

The court's goal is to start Nikolas Cruz' s trial in September of 2019.

"This case needs to move along so that everyone's rights are preserved, but in a timely manner," Scherer said.

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Since last Friday, at least three people have died in Haiti in riots that left parts of the city burned and pillaged. The unrest is due to a massive increase in fuel prices.

Who makes the best Cuban sandwich in South Florida? It’s a seemingly simple question, with decades of history—and an equally long rivalry—behind it. It’s a lot of talk for just a few slices of ham, mojo pork, pickles, mustard and swiss cheese between Cuban bread. 

In the bid to build a soccer stadium and sports complex in Miami, developers have set their sites on a larger location: a city-owned municipal golf course next to Miami International Airport.

LOCUST PROJECTS

When medical marijuana passed in Florida as a constitutional amendment in 2016, it had a 72 percent approval rate. But because of a number of legal challenges, medical marijuana patients still can’t actually smoke their pot in Florida. Dara Kam, a senior writer for the News Service of Florida, joined Sundial to discuss the current state of medical marijuana laws in Florida. It's an issue she thinks is going to make its way to the Supreme Court.

THE FIFTY-FIFTY ART COLLECTIVE

President Trump plans to announce his new nominee for the Supreme Court on Monday, following the departure of Justice Anthony Kennedy last week. Kennedy acted as an important swing vote on the bench. In 1973, he famously helped codify a woman’s right to abortion within the first trimester of a pregnancy with his decision in Roe v. Wade. As the country watches on for the next nominee, many are concerned that another conservative voice on the bench could mean the end of abortion rights, gay marriage, etc. Caroline M.

COURTESY NEPTUNE MEMORIAL REEF

Chris King is one of the five Democratic candidates for governor in the state of Florida. With just eight weeks left until the primaries, Sundial had a one-on-one with King, an Orlando-native and businessman. He talked about gun reform laws, affordable housing and curbing the influence of lobbying from Big Sugar.

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The South Florida United States Attorney’s Office announced 124 charges against South Florida doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals on Thursday as part of what authorities are calling the largest nationwide takedown on health care fraud and those fueling the opioid crisis.

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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. 

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A group of Democratic lawmakers criticized what they say is a slow response from Governor Rick Scott to the Trump administration policy of separating migrant families at the border.

State Representative Javier Fernandez, a Democrat from South Miami, said during a Tuesday conference call that Scott has a track record of being hostile towards immigrants. Fernandez's main concern is to make sure that state resources aren’t used to enforce what Democrats say is a “cruel and inhumane policy.”

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