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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A public meeting Monday night in Jupiter about the Brightline/Virgin Trains’s northward expansion turned tense as residents voiced concerns about noise, construction closures and unforeseen costs.

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Updated at 8:00 p.m. of Oct. 13, 2019.

Boca Raton Police said the person injured in an incident at the Town Center Mall around 3 p.m. Sunday appears to have been injured while fleeing. Police said the man hit his head, apparently on the push bar of a door. They found blood and hair on the door where he appeared to have been hurt. 

He was transported to Delray Medical Center, and his injuries are not life-threatening.

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The Palm Beach County Library System will stop charging overdue fines October 1st.

Now, instead of being dimed each day you fail to return your latest page-turner (no, really – the fee per item per day is $0.10), fees will be assessed only when the book is out seven days past its due date – when  the library marks it lost and charges you to replace it.

If the book is returned after the one-week mark, the library will waive that replacement charge. If it really is lost or damaged, though, the patron is responsible for paying the replacement cost.

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Colombian president Iván Duque will speak Saturday morning at Florida International University’s Wertheim Theater.

The speech comes on the heels of Duque’s escalating condemnation of the Venezuelan regime.

At the U.N. General Assembly this week, the U.S. and Latin American countries denounced Venezuela for aiding criminal groups in Colombia.

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About 75 adjunct faculty at Broward College and their supporters rallied Tuesday at the college’s south campus in Pembroke Pines, shouting “We don’t want your hunger games, workers want a living wage.”

The part-time professors are also demanding access to some form of health care, Social Security benefits and more job security – rather than getting contracted from one semester to the next.

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Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, and marks a cross-country effort to encourage citizens to get ready to exercise their right to vote.

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Florida's senators are again looking to keep Canadian retirees in the U.S. longer. 

Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio introduced the “Canadian Snowbirds Act,” on Thursday. If passed, it would allow Canadian citizens over age 50 who own or rent U.S. homes to spend up to eight months a year in the country. Currently, the annual U.S. stay is capped at six months.

Rubio and then-senator Bill Nelson introduced a similar bill last year. It never made it to a hearing. 

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Palm Beach County has found temporary homes for the last of the Bahamians who arrived at the Port of Palm Beach on Saturday.

Most of the 1,100 residents of the Bahamas who landed in Riviera Beach on Saturday morning went to stay with friends or family — some in South Florida, others a longer drive or plane ride away. 

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A group of Lake Worth high schoolers who call themselves the “Mayan Girls” have been working to translate important information — everything from vaccination information to hurricane awareness — into Mayan languages.

The girls mostly translate into Q’anjob’al, a language spoken primarily in the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala. It’s the most common Mayan language in Palm Beach County, where Guatemalan Mayans make up a sizable portion of Jupiter and Lake Worth’s immigrant populations.

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Palm Beach County has its share of spacious, suburban houses – especially in the areas west of the coastline, where land is cheaper and more plentiful.

It also has plenty of farms, producing crops that range from Florida’s famous sugarcane to sweet corn, lettuce and tropical fruits.

A planned community near Wellington is hoping to find success by combining the two. Arden bills itself as an “agrihood,” a master-planned community of 2,000 homes centered around a five-acre farm and barn.

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When a total solar eclipse was due to pass over a large swath of the United States in 2017, Carol Prusa hadn’t initially planned to see it firsthand.

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South Florida facilities for unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S. border have loomed large in the debate over the treatment of the youngest immigrants. 

Several Democratic presidential candidates visited the now-emptied Homestead detention facility in the days surrounding the first Democratic debates. The removal of Homestead's last remaining children from the facility over the weekend marked the end of its controversial place in the immigration discussion.