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Gwen Filosa, WLRN News' Florida Keys Reporter.

Gwen Filosa

Florida Keys Reporter

Gwen Filosa covers the Florida Keys for WLRN.

She moved to Key West in June 2011 for a reporter job at the island’s daily newspaper, the Keys West Citizen. She later joined the staff of the McClatchy Company-owned Keynoter, then a subsidiary of the Miami Herald. In 2016, the Herald hired her to cover the Keys. She joined WLRN in October 2022.

Gwen came to Key West from New Orleans, where for a decade she covered Orleans Parish criminal courts for The Times-Picayune. She also kept tabs on Louisiana prisons, the death penalty and public housing.

Gwen was part of The Times-Picayune’s staff that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News, as well as the Public Service medal, for its coverage of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. She rode out the hurricane in the newsroom and then, after being forced to evacuate the building due to flooding, reported on its devastating aftermath across the region.

Previously, Gwen wrote for the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire. She covered the police and courts beat after working as a regional reporter. In 2000, she also helped cover the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

She graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in English literature and also studied at the Ernie Pyle School of Journalism.

Gwen has become a grateful resident of Key West, where the Fighting Conchs rule – but remains a devoted New Orleans Saints fan. Geaux Saints!

Contact Gwen:gfilosa@wlrnnews.org

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