Jenny Staletovich

Environment Reporter

Jenny Staletovich has been a journalist working in Florida for nearly 20 years.

She’s reported on some of the region’s major environment stories, including the 2018 devastating red tide and blue-green algae blooms, impacts from climate change and Everglades restoration, the nation’s largest water restoration project. She’s also written about disappearing rare forests, invasive pythons, diseased coral and a host of other critical issues around the state.

She covered the environment, climate change and hurricanes for the Miami Herald for five years and previously freelanced for the paper. She worked at the Palm Beach Post from 1989 to 2000, covering crime, government and general assignment stories.

She has won several state and national awards including the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment, the Green Eyeshades and the Sunshine State Awards.

Staletovich graduated from Smith College and lives in Miami, with her husband and their three children.

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Miami-Dade County and the University of Miami on Friday launched what they say is the largest community study yet to detect the spread and infection rate of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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Don’t look for any favors from this year’s hurricane season.

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In the wake of the coronavirus, Florida’s troubled unemployment office has been crippled by a barrage of applications that topped 317,000 applications in just the last 10 days.

Those problems did not come without warnings.

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A controversial extension to State Road 836/Dolphin Expressway across Everglades wetlands and protected farm fields would do little to fix crippling congestion in parts of Miami-Dade County, an administrative law judge said Monday.

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With workers and businesses around the planet suddenly shut down, scientists are getting an unexpected glimpse at a world with less carbon.

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When Jesse Uzzell hops in his building elevator or picks up packages at the sprawling 16-acre Flamingo Point condominium in South Beach, he regularly encounters a construction worker.

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Labor unions are calling on Governor Ron DeSantis to fix Florida’s unemployment system before a wave of joblessness hits the state.

In a telephone press conference on Thursday, the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union and Unite Here, which combined represent more than a million workers and their families in Florida, say the cumbersome system has been crashing as workers race to apply for benefits. The state’s unemployment office received about 200,000 inquiries just last week.

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As businesses shut indefinitely to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, thousands of workers around South Florida are facing an uncertain future.

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A new University of Florida poll has found Americans increasingly understand the severity of the COVID-19 coronavirus and, more suprisingly, 80 percent would get vaccinated to stop the pandemic.

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South Florida ramped up testing and treatment measures Sunday as the number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases continues to rise, accounting for half the state’s infections.

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When Marlins Park opened in 2012, a neomodern shrine to baseball rising in Miami’s Little Havana, Duane Thwaites figured he’d found his dream job.

The Brooklyn native moved to Miami nearly 30 years ago, raised his four kids, got hired for opening day and returned every season, climbing the ladder to supervise a concession.

“It's just hard to explain why I like the job and I stick with it, but it's, you know, I feel it's like my passion,” said Thwaites, 51.

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All of Miami-Dade County is closing restaurants, bars, movie theaters and other places that draw crowds in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Need some social distancing? South Florida’s national parks will remain open but cut back on operations to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus.

On Tuesday, the National Park Service said Everglades, Biscayne and Dry Tortugas national parks would remain open, along with the Big Cypress National Preserve. To lessen the risk of transmitting the virus, visitor centers were closed Tuesday, the Service said.  Ranger programs, guided tours and concessions were also suspended. Everglades National Park also closed campgrounds at Flamingo and Long Pine Key.

Teresa Frontado / WLRN

The Florida primary polls are open, but dozens have changed locations amid concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Election officials say 16 locations had moved in Broward County in the last few days. In Miami-Dade, 35 had moved. Nineteen last-minute changes were made in Palm Beach County and two moved in Monroe County.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade County Circuit Court shut down public access for all but urgent proceedings Monday, joining a growing number of government agencies shuttering doors to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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