Alicia Zuckerman

Editorial Director

Alicia Zuckerman began making radio at around seven years old in rural New York State using two cassette recorders and appropriated material from Casey Kasem’s American Top 40. It was a couple more decades before she started getting paid to make radio, as a reporter and producer for NPR’s On the Media.

At WLRN, she oversees narrative and investigative audio journalism and was co-creator of WLRN’s award-winning public affairs program, The Florida Roundup, as well as Under the Sun, a series of documentary features and audio postcards. She currently serves as president of Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA, formerly PRNDI). She routinely reminds reporters to find and create moments of joy, which is how she learned you can grow mangoes on a balcony, and about the wild popularity of Manischewitz wine in the Caribbean

Alicia is also a longtime arts journalist, and was a USC Annenberg/Getty arts journalism fellow. When she's not editing, she produces features and interviews for WLRN, including The Cassettes of Hurricane Andrew, The Sally J. Freedman Reality Tour and The Judy Blume Radio Hour. Her reporting has aired on NPR, American Public Media, and Public Radio International, including The World, Studio 360 and This American Life. She dreams of covering an ice cream beat.

Before coming to Miami, she covered arts, culture, and breaking news for WNYC in New York City, where she reported on Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, puppet opera, graffiti, Hungarian strudel, strong cheese, two presidential elections, and nuclear power. She was also the lead classical music and dance reporter at New York magazine. She has written for the Miami Herald, Details magazine, Dance magazine, Symphony magazine, Jazziz magazine, and others. Her reporting has also appeared in the New York Times, Tablet and Electronic Music Foundation, which she helped launch.

Alicia holds a B.A. from the University at Albany (New York) where she studied English and music, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Her awards include a national Edward R. Murrow award, an SPJ Sigma Delta Chi award, and two awards from the Third Coast International Audio Festival (one as editor, one as co-producer/co-host for the WLRN audio documentary, Remembering Andrew). She recently edited the audio documentary, Chartered: Florida's First Private Takeover of a Public School Systemand previously edited and co-hosted WLRN's award-winning audio documentary, Cell 1: Florida's Death Penalty in Limbo. Alicia lives in Miami Beach, where she worries about sea level rise, among other things. 

Ways to Connect

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

"It's not OK to take off your mask in front of me, thank you very much," declared Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez, in a tone that indicated he had no patience for anyone who might still be waffling on this widely recommended* and not-very-difficult approach to surviving the pandemic. "You might have the virus. As a matter of fact, might have it." 

Tom Hudson

An electrician who wears protective suits. An extermination service coordinator who leaves her iPad with a customer and walks away.  A resturant manager who has turned away diners not wearing masks. And a nurse treating COVID patients who, off the clock, gets cursed out reminding people in public to wear masks.

These are some of the practices folks shared with WLRN Connects as they work with and talk about the protective measures used to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Image Courtesy of the Artist

The photographer Gary Monroe was in his early 20s when he decided he was going to go out and shoot photos in his neighborhood just about every day. He was in college in Tampa when it dawned on him that there was something very special about the neighborhood where he grew up, especially about the elderly Jewish people who had steadily moved there, some of them with numbers on their arms -- survivors of the Holocaust. The project went on for almost 10 years, between 1977 and 1986.

Tony Tur

Miami is at the epicenter of U.S. politics this week. Zoom in closer, and it's the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. The Democratic presidential debates are there Wednesday and Thursday. 

Beacon Press / Courtesy

Richard Blanco is coming home. Wherever that is. What the poet has learned -- as the son of Cuban exiles growing up in Miami, then wandering, traveling and living around the country, and getting chosen to read his poem "One Today" at President Obama's second inauguration -- is that the idea of home is something that shifts. 

Leslie Ovalle / The Miami Herald

Sea-level rise can feel like a far-away problem.

Some artists in Miami have been working on an augmented reality project depicting how climate change and sea-level rise could impact Miami, depending on the decisions people make today. 


At Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland last week, Rabbi Bradd Boxman told the congregation there was an elephant in the room. The elephant was a prayer, or a piyyut, a liturgical poem, that has been recited during the Jewish New Year for centuries.

The prayer, the Unetaneh Tokef, is about who will live and who will die in the coming year, and how. It involves asking to be inscribed in the book of life, to remain among the living. 

Nancy Klingener / WLRN News

We are not your enemies.

The President’s language regarding news coverage he disagrees with is disingenuous, dishonest and dangerous. Some cheer at his fake news claims. Some jeer at news reporters. Some sneer at news that doesn’t comport with their worldview. None of that makes journalists their enemies.

At a rally on Aug. 2 in Pennsylvania, the president said, “What ever happened to honest reporting? They don’t report it. They only make up stories.’’

Mr. President, honest reporting is thriving in South Florida and across this country.

Paul Kolnik

Seeing Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for the first time is a rite of passage for anyone who loves dance (and for plenty of people who didn't know they did). Jamar Roberts first saw the company perform in Fort Lauderdale when he was a kid growing up in South Dade.

Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

Judy Blume turns 80 today (February 12), and she celebrated all day yesterday at the nonprofit bookstore she and her husband George run in Key West. It was hard to keep track of how many fans who showed up called her their "childhood hero" (present company included). 

Blume works four days a week at the Books & Books at The Studios of Key West, including all day every Sunday.

Paul B. Goode

Update: The scheduled performance by Bill T. Jones at the Arsht Center has been canceled because of weather.

A few years ago, Bill T. Jones thought there was a good chance his nephew Lance was going to die. He was so sick. Bill T. Jones is hugely influential — as a choreographer and dancer, a writer and thinker — and when he thought his nephew was dying, he wanted to make sure his story stayed in the world. 

Gesi Schilling / O, Miami Poetry Festival

Food is such a part of how we relate to where we're from, where we live, our heritage and our discoveries along the way. Earlier this year, we asked you to send us your Edible Odes, poems about the food in your life, for our annual project with the O, Miami Poetry Festival.  (Portion size: 4o words or fewer.)

Teresa Frontado / WLRN News

In Syria, gardens have been transformed into graveyards where protesters killed during the uprising against the Assad regime are buried. Lebanese-British artist Tania El Khoury imagined that "if we press our ear to the ground, we are able to hear these stories." 

Hummingbird Films

The women from the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns first came alive on stage in Key West, in a workshop version of the opera's first act.