Amber Amortegui

Intern, Summer 2020

Amber Amortegui is a senior studying journalism at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Born and raised in Davie, Fla., Amber is a native South Floridian who embraces one of America’s most diverse regions. 

Amber has a passion for telling extraordinary stories from ordinary people in her local community. She recognizes the fact that everyone -- regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation -- has a unique story that deserves attention.

Amber is the new Editor-in-Chief of PBA’s digital-first newspaper, The Beacon Today.

Amber’s love for audio journalism began seemingly out of nowhere. Last year she joined The Beacon Today’s podcast team without having any experience in the medium. Amber quickly realized how radio can augment and broaden storytelling. She developed a deep appreciation not only for the work reporters put into creating a show but also for how purposeful every decision must be to capture an atmosphere, an emotion, or an intention.

Amber won the Communicator Award of Distinction for Features Host for her podcast, "Up-And-Coming Gen Z Confronts Anxiety, Depression and Stress”. She spoke to three Gen Zers about their struggles with mental health disorders, and she captured the raw emotions that carried the weight of their experiences. That’s when Amber noticed that giving someone a microphone and pressing “Record” is one of the most effective ways to captivate the true essence of a stranger’s anecdote. 

Prior to joining WLRN, Amber interned at Study Breaks, Haute Living, and VideoBolt. Aside from journalism, Amber loves going to the beach, listening to music, playing basketball, and cruising on her rollerblades.

Courtesy of Alban Communications

 

Earlier this month, the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) won a lawsuit against HallKeen Management, a property management company, over ownership stakes of Aswan Village Apartments.

Founded in 1980 by Willie Logan, the OLCDC is a nonprofit organization that builds and sustains affordable housing communities in northern Miami-Dade. It also provides under-resourced communities with outlets in arts and culture, entrepreneurship, education, and other services.

Miami Herald

 

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Palm Beach Research Center will launch phase three of clinical trials for potential COVID-19 vaccines by the beginning of August. The first vaccine candidate is from the biotech company Moderna.

Natalia Clement / WLRN

Restaurants throughout Miami-Dade County closed their indoor seating today, following Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s order earlier this week. The county enacted this new restriction to combat the spike in COVID-19 cases. 

Restaurant owners and workers were stunned, as many have complied with guidelines in order to stay fully open. 

Racquel Lewis

Although racism and police brutality are ongoing issues in America, social media has exposed these realities like never before. Generation Z in particular is growing up learning about the unjust deaths of Black individuals by scrolling through social networks.