Gerard Albert III

Intern, Summer 2019

Gerard Albert III is a senior journalism major at Florida International University, who flip-flopped around creative interests until being pulled away by the rush of reporting.

He enjoys balancing the discipline and conviction in journalism with finding creative ways to find the truth and report it.

Gerard serves as the Editor-in-Chief for PantherNow, FIU’s student newspaper, where he has reported on student government and student finances.

Gerard carries his camera everywhere he goes and has photographed protests, sports games and everything in between.

His interest in journalism started after watching Vice documentaries, reading books by Hunter S. Thompson and seeing the photographs in Time magazine and National Geographic.

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Alan Espino didn’t discover his love for hot sauce growing up eating his mother’s Cuban cooking. 

He’s part of a growing number of Miami hot sauce makers cashing in on the popularity of the condiment. Nationally sales have increased by 23 percent over the last five years. In South Florida, hot sauces are infused with ingredients from the diverse range of cultures in the area.

“Growing up, hot sauce was just not a thing; spicy food is just not a thing. At least for the Cuban community, hot sauce is very polarizing,” Espino said.

NIKKI FRIED CAMPAIGN

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried was among a number of Florida lawmakers who called for national gun control measures after two mass shootings this weekend left at least 32 people dead and many more wounded.

Fried and others, including Senate President Bill Galvano and U.S. Represenattive Charlie Crist, took to Twitter Sunday to voice their dissatisfaction with the background checks currently in place. 

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WLRN News received 13 awards at the 2019 Florida Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' Sunshine State Awards. 

The Sunshine State Awards recognize quality journalism in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands for the calendar year of 2018. Out-of-state journalists judge all entries.

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Members of the U.S. House of Representatives oversight committee toured the Homestead child detention center Monday morning. 

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Broward County hasn’t had a new State Attorney in 43 years. In June, 76 year-old Michael Satz said he plans to retire next year after prosecuting confessed Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz . 

On Thursday night a candidate who’s calling for a different vision of the job held a rally at Tarpon River Brewing in Fort Lauderdale.

In a packed brewery, Joe Kimok got loud applause when he told the crowd he wanted to end mass incarceration. This is a central element in a larger wave of progressive policies that state and district attorneys around the country are campaigning on. 

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For most Americans, nothing says Fourth of July quite like hot dogs. 

But if you have been a Westchester resident over the last 60 years, hot dogs also mean Arbetter's. The Boston-themed shop in the middle of a Cuban-American neighborhood has become a staple, even for those obsessed with cafecito and tostadas.

Lasting that long in the ever-changing landscape of Miami isn’t easy. For Dave Arbetter, son of the original founders, it’s all about change. 

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After traveling here from Springfield, Illinois, Mark Daniels paced up and down outside the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami - the site of the two Democratic presidential debates - and waved yarmulkes for sale. That is, yarmulkes engraved with the names of the 20 different candidates taking part in the debates - and even one with President Trump's.

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The Democratic National Debate in Miami is around the corner.  For two nights, 20 candidates will take the stage at the Adrienne Arsht center to discuss a series of topics. The actual list has not been announced yet but it is likely gun violence, climate change and immigration will come up. Former Republican Representative from Florida’s 26th District Carlos Curbelo lost his seat to Debbie Murcasel Powell in the 2018 elections. He joined Sundial to talk about the upcoming debates and election.

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While barbers swept fallen hair from the floor of Fweago Cutz barber shop, guests and volunteers set up folding chairs and a projector.

After the lights were off and the crowd was seated, Jefferson Noel pressed play.

The community organizer rented out the barbershop to screen the new Netflix series, "When They See Us." More importantly, he set up a candid panel discussion with former public defendants and activists in the community to discuss the issues that come up in the story.

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Sybrina Fulton understands what it means to lose someone to gun violence. In 2012, her 17-year-old son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a nightwatch officer in Sanford, Florida.

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Sybrina Fulton lost her son, Trayvon Martin, to gun violence in 2012. The story gained national attention, as did the trial where the shooter, George Zimmerman, was acquitted. Fulton started the Trayvon Martin Foundation that year and continues to work with the organization to spread awareness about gun violence. She is now running for Miami-Dade County Commission District Seat 1, against Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. She joined Sundial to talk about gun violence, her story and campaign.

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A plan for the future of the historic Little Havana neighborhood was released Tuesday after two years of preparation. 

The "Little Havana Me Importa" effort launched in 2017 after the neighborhood was named a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since then, more than 2,700 residents have given their input about the future of their neighborhood through workshops and surveys. The collaboartion is being led by PlusUrbia, the National Trust and private sector developers.

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Broward County wants residents to be ready for the next big storm.

The county's emergency site, broward.org/emergency, has public safety information that can help during an emergency.

Tracy Jackson is the director of regional emergency services and communications for Broward County. He says his team learned from Hurricane Irma in 2017 and being prepared is the first step for staying safe during a storm.

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Pepper isn’t your normal bank concierge. She wears an all white suit made of plastic and has big glowing eyes. She’s four feet tall and has an iPad in her chest.

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