Daniel Rivero


Daniel Rivero is a reporter and producer for WLRN, covering Latino and criminal justice issues. Before joining the team, he was an investigative reporter and producer on the television series "The Naked Truth," and a digital reporter for Fusion.

His work has won honors of the Murrow Awards, Sunshine State Awards and Green Eyeshade Awards. He has also been nominated for a Livingston Award and a GLAAD Award on reporting on the background of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's tenure as Attorney General of Oklahoma and on the Orlando nightclub shooting, respectively.

Daniel was born on the outskirts of Washington D.C. to Cuban parents, and moved to Miami full time twenty years ago. He learned to walk with a wiffle ball bat and has been a skateboarder since the age of ten.

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On Friday morning, Vonshay Crenshaw sat on a cooler under the shade of a coconut palm. He knew the beaches were closed, but hoped to have a picnic with friends on the grass in front of the beach until those hopes were dashed.

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Kathy Burgos has a dozen blue bags hanging from her arm as she walks the hot streets of Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood. She’s on a march with other Miami-Dade County employees, helping bring masks, gloves and education to one of the state’s hotspots for COVID-19 cases.

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In the midst of a historic economic downturn due to COVID-19, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a state budget on Monday that included over $1 billion in vetoes.

The full list of vetoed items can be found here. WLRN’s reporters have dug through the itemized list to identify some of the most notable programs and organizations that have had state revenues cut in South Florida. 

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Buried in last week's historic U.S. Supreme Court decision, that once and for all established that employers cannot discriminate against anyone on the basis of their sexual identity or preference, there was a reference to one of the darkest chapters of Florida’s modern history.

The mention came not in the majority opinion that granted the LGBTQ community one of its biggest legal victories of the past few decades, but in the dissent.

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The police reports paint a scary picture of the scene that led up to four anti-police violence protesters getting arrested at a rally in front of Florida International University.

A woman called 911, according to reports. She said her white vehicle had been “surrounded” and “assaulted by a large crowd” of protesters. A Miami-Dade detective personally witnessed the assault, reads the reports.

There’s just one problem: The 911 call does not match up with the police reports on multiple fronts.

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By Sunday night, curfews in virtually all major U.S. cities had been lifted. In Minneapolis, where protests and unrest in response to the death of George Floyd started, the curfew had been lifted on Friday. Washington D.C. had already lifted its restrictions last Thursday, and New York City followed suit by Sunday morning.

But in Miami-Dade, a county and metropolitan area where even the federal government expected large scale unrest that never came, a countywide curfew remained in place. 

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Most of Florida has already moved into phase two of Florida’s reopening plan for the novel coronavirus. In most of the state, people can now visit bars, movie theaters and casinos, along with beaches, gyms and restaurants. Of course, this comes with some caveats for social distancing and wearing masks.

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On Monday afternoon, some alarming headlines came from the national publications like the Washington Post and USA Today. According to the reports, the U.S. Department of Justice was sending a “riot team” to quell protests and related unrest in only two major American cities: the District of Columbia and Miami.

With the news, a question hung in the air. Why Miami?

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A potential new battleground in the battle over voting rights in Florida has opened up. This time it revolves around a form that would bring clarity to who can and cannot vote in the state.

On Sunday, a federal judge struck down controversial parts of a Florida law that made it so people with felony convictions need to pay all fines, fees and restitution before registering to vote.

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The 2020 presidential election campaign has already been a rollercoaster ride for Jacob Cuenca.

As of early March, the 18-year-old high school senior in Homestead, a city just south of Miami, was an avowed Republican who planned to cast his first vote this November for President Donald Trump.

But three months into the coronavirus pandemic, that clearsightedness has started to shift. 

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A nationwide analysis of COVID-19 data released this week shows broad discrepancies between what some states are reporting about testing for the novel coronavirus to the public, and what is being reported by the CDC. The analysis lists Florida as “the most extreme case” of testing discrepancies between what the state and the federal government are reporting.

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On a sweltering Friday afternoon last month, Margie Pikarsky stood under a tent near her barn in the Redland, ringing up a customer.

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City of Miami workers cleared out a homeless encampment under a bridge in Overtown on Wednesday morning, a move that drew a rare sharp rebuke from the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust.

The Homeless Trust, an agency of Miami-Dade County, says that it only learned of the action through video that was posted on Twitter by the Dream Defenders, a Miami-based activist group.

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A much-watched voting rights case in Florida came to a close on Wednesday with the federal judge explicitly stating that he would rule against the state of Florida. The dramatic ending to the trial came after seven days of testimony from elected officials, state employees, plaintiffs and voting rights advocates.

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Federal Judge Robert Hinkle has spent the last week doing double duty as judge and IT manager. While presiding over a major voting rights trial that is taking place remotely, he has at times had to instruct attorneys and witnesses to “hit the F5 button” or to “moot” themselves — an apparent continual slip up confusing the legal term with the technological action of muting audio.

But despite the intermittent tech issues and the court reporter asking speakers to slow down or repeat themselves, the unprecedented virtual trial has largely run smoothly.