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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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 in 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. 

Illustration by Madeline Fox / Documents courtesy of Rose Maklan Ross and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Much of what Rose Maklan Ross knew about her parents’ experiences during World War II came out during trips to the movies.

She and her mother, Gisela Maklans, made weekly trips to the movies, arriving 20 minutes early to talk.

“It was the one place she felt safe,” Maklan Ross said. “She could speak in the dark.”

Maklans survived the Auschwitz and Stutthof concentration camps. Her father died on the train to Auschwitz. Her brother and mother were sent immediately to the gas chambers, and she and her sister were sent to live in the camp, where her sister later died.

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Fears of widespread immigration raids in South Florida appeared to dissipate without major actions on Sunday - but left migrant communities and advocates with renewed reason to come up with different strategies to deal with deportation of themselves or close family members.

In West Kendall, longtime immigrant rights advocate Nora Sandigo was praying she wouldn’t get a call on Sunday from any of her more than 1,500 children.

“Today we haven’t seen anything major,” she said in Spanish. “We hope it stays like this for the next few days.”

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"Ni las moscas están [Not even the fleas are here]." That's how one shopkeeper at the Tropicana Flea Market in Miami's Allapattah neighborhood described the usually bustling place on Sunday. 

Confirmation hearings begin this week for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

One issue state lawmakers may find most significant is reproductive rights and how Kavanaugh responds to questions regarding Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that gave women the constitutional right to choose abortion.

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins says Kavanaugh told her that he views the landmark abortion rights ruling as "settled law."

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Protesters in Miami-Dade took to the streets for the second time in less than a week to protest the county's Mayor's recent decision to effectively abandon the county’s stance as a “sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants. 

Carlos Gimenez's order, issued last Thursday in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order aimed at denying federal funds to “sanctuary cities,” asked county jails to comply with federal immigration requests.

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On Facebook, the public event called for quick action. 

Organizers of the “Emergency Rally in Miami Against Trump Muslim Ban” gave people a two-day notice to attend. 

The rally brought together dozens of demonstrators Thursday night to stand in solidarity with Muslim and immigrant communities at the Torch of Friendship monument along Biscayne Boulevard in Miami.  

Associated Press

Esteban Santiago, the suspect in Friday’s shooting that resulted in the death of five people at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, made his first court appearance Monday at the U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale.