Madeline Fox

Palm Beach County Reporter

Madeline Fox covers Palm Beach County for WLRN. Her reporting focuses on income inequality, opioid addiction and treatment, and immigrant communities.

She previously reported on foster care, mental health and welfare programs for KCUR's Kansas News Service. Her reporting revealed chronic issues with the state's underfunded mental health services, understaffed state agencies and opaque decision-making on policies affecting the most vulnerable Kansans.

Coming to WLRN is a homecoming of sorts. Madeline's first hands-on radio experience was as a WLRN intern, where she covered everything from parades to protests to presidential residences. Her interest in radio began in infancy, though – Oregon Public Broadcasting, then her local NPR station, played on the car and kitchen radios for most of her childhood.

She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and international studies.

Madeline spends her free time listening to podcasts, likes volunteering at local libraries, tries not to kill her houseplants and takes ballet classes whenever she can (she's a mediocre, but enthusiastic, ballerina).

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Walking the trails around the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse area, it’s easy to see why the site’s manager describes the role as his dream job.

He's been working there for six years, and remembers its individual plants in precise detail. 

"I remember when this mangrove used to sit on the fringe, and now it's 10, 11 feet out there on its own little clump," he says, gesturing. Further down the trail, he points out sand pine scrub and hardwood hammock ecosystems that he's seen flourish over the years. 

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Much like many snowbirds this time of year, two art exhibits have made their way to South Florida from New York City.

The Norton Museum of Art is hosting a collection of Robert Rauschenberg’s work, comprising five decades of the pioneering modern artist’s sculpture, prints and mixed media on loan from the Whitney Museum of Art.

South Florida is getting new flood risk maps that are redrawing the lines for what property is in high-risk areas.

The maps, set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are used for city and county planning, determining which areas need flood insurance, and generally managing areas susceptible to flooding.

FEMA officials say the new maps are needed. Some of the data used to draw the ones currently in use across South Florida are 40 years old.

Courtesy Gregg Kallor

Edgar Allen Poe’s famous short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” follows an unreliable narrator’s account of murdering his roommate, and then his distress over being able to hear the murdered man’s heart beating loudly, even after he’s dead.  The dramatic, suspenseful story has spawned numerous adaptations for film, TV, radio,theater and ballet.

Now, composer Gregg Kallor is bringing his operatic version to the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach for a Wednesday evening show.

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When students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High walk into their new building next school year, the school district says they’ll enter a structure that’s setting the new standard for security in Broward County schools.

Courtesy Peter DeWitt / Bureau of Land Management

The shoreline surrounding the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is falling away at an accelerated rate.

Over the holiday season, vandalism and unauthorized use of the dunes along the shoreline put the lighthouse area on track for erosion to go up even more than its already stepped-up pace of seven feet per year over the last ten years, up from its historical average of two feet per year.

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Vending machines in school cafeterias aren’t always a huge hit with parents. They usually hold chips, cookies, sugary drinks and other snacks that worry health-conscious adults.

The vending machine in Jerry Thomas Elementary’s cafeteria, on the other hand, is doling out something that all parents can get behind – books.

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Teresa Gonzalez never imagined living on Gabriel Lane.

The West Palm Beach street is famous for its Christmas light displays. It’s even listed on Foursquare as “the Christmas Street.” For the entire month of December, cars parked along Florida Mango Street, inching along Gabriel Lane, throughout the evening hours.

Gonzalez, who grew up in the area, was 17 when she first joined the throngs of people admiring Gabriel Lane’s lights.

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When Paul Abbott first moved to South Florida, he, like many transplants, had to learn how to fight the heat.


If you don't want to drive — or find parking — for New Year's Eve celebrations, South Florida's public transit systems have some options for you.

Palm Beach County

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Every year between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, thousands of birders fan out across the country for an annual bird census.

The Christmas Bird Count began in 1900 as a response to traditional Christmas bird hunts, according to the Audubon Society. That first count found about 90 species across 25 locations.

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An electric guitar rang out across the amphitheater of the Boca Center shopping complex Monday night as members of southern Palm Beach County’s Jewish community gathered to celebrate the second night of Hanukkah.

After the annual lighting of the giant menorah by rabbis from congregations throughout Boca Raton and Delray Beach, "Rock n’Roll" Rabbi David Paskin took the stage with his electric guitar. Rabbi Josh Broide joined him on drums. Together, the two led the crowd – which organizers estimated at about 2,500 people – in song.

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This time of year, blow-up Santas inhabit Brian Bury's yard: Santa flying in a UFO, Santa wearing military fatigues, Santa throwing knives to outline a reindeer spinning on a target.

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The artist Georgia O’Keeffe is most famous for her paintings of flowers, New York skyscrapers, and the American Southwest.

A new exhibit at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach turns its eye to a less-studied image O’Keeffe constructed – her own.

It’s the first show to incorporate O’Keeffe’s clothing alongside her paintings and photographs of her. West Palm Beach is the show’s seventh and final stop.

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Saturday, November 30th