Sherrilyn Cabrera

Intern, Spring 2019

During her time at Florida International University, where she recently earned a B.S. in Journalism, Sherrilyn Cabrera interned for the South Florida News Service - a digital journalism platform where stories are written, photographed and edited by FIU students. As part of her senior project, she reported on the influx of Puerto Ricans who migrated to Florida after Hurricane Maria, and the potential impact on the November 2018 midterm elections.

Growing up in a Latino household, Spanish-language TV news stations were on constantly, and she found herself being captivated by the many stories and issues facing South Florida and Latin America. This definitively influenced her pursuit of journalism and it has inspired her interest in reporting on immigration, social justice and Latino issues.

Sherrilyn is a Miami native, born and raised. During her free time, you can catch her listening to investigative podcasts in her car, watching movies next to her cat, looking for late-night food, or geeking out about coffee with local baristas.

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Homeless shelters across South Florida continue to serve the most vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak. But the economic shock could keep people who are still awaiting a chance for shelter on the streets.

 

Jenny Staletovich / WLRN

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

Evan Vucci / AP

Florida voters went to the polls Tuesday despite escalating impacts from coronavirus, while across the country in Ohio, the primary election was postponed at the direction of the state's top health officer.

Sherrilyn Cabrera / WLRN

Hours before the Super Bowl LIV began at the Hard Rock Stadium, organizers and residents of Miami Gardens protested against the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix, set to take place at the stadium next year. 

Just a block away from the football game, the Unrepresented People’s Positive Action Council (UP-PAC) led the protest. County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, who represents the cities of Opa-Locka and Miami Gardens, also joined.

Tim Padgett / WLRN

 

City and county officials in Miami are showing support for the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, urging residents to donate supplies and calling for rescue teams to be sent to the island.

 

    

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez held a press conference Tuesday together with the Consul-General of the Bahamas in Miami Linda Mackey, and was joined by several county commissioners.

Mayor Giménez announced four locations accepting donations and said the county is planning to add more.

Wynwood School of Music

On the August 28, 2019 episode of Sundial:

Hurricane Dorian

Sam Turken / WLRN

On the Aug. 27, 2019 episode of Sundial:

 

Head Start on Gun Laws

 

The next legislative session begins in January and, until then, lawmakers meet in committee weeks, the first of which begins in mid-September. South Miami Democratic Rep. Javier Fernández called for a special session to address gun reform in response to the tragedies in El Paso and Dayton.

 

Gerard Albert III / WLRN

The ocean is a significant part of life in South Florida. But for many disabled veterans, accessing the water is not always easy. 

Sherrilyn Cabrera / WLRN

The Florida Keys depend on the coral reef tract and marine life for much more than just recreation. They're vital to the economy, contributing billions of dollars in tourism and travel to the region. But pollution, development and a warming ocean have had catastrophic effects on the environment. 

Associated Press

The corrections-related service provider JPay operates in prisons across the country, and is based in Miramar, Florida. Though the company initially offered wire-transfers for inmates to receive money from loved ones, it has since transitioned to offering video conferencing, emailing and greeting cards. And there are concerns the company is overcharging.

Sophia Cai / WLRN

Four U.S. presidential candidates came to South Florida on Tuesday to address the National Association of Black Journalists. Senators Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders, Southbend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former Massachusetts Governor and Republican challenger Bill Weld each spoke separately, in an evening that highlighted differences over how best to address institutional racism. 

Restore Marine Stadium

An exhibit at the Art Deco Museum on Miami Beach’s Ocean Drive features chairs as works of art—but not regular household chairs.

In an effort to restore and revive interest in the Miami Marine Stadium, which has sat deserted on the edge of the historic Virginia Key Beach since 1992, the advocacy organization Restore Marine Stadium distributed its seats to local artists.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Protests continue in Puerto Rico. People have been calling for the resignation of the island’s governor Ricardo Roselló after messages leaked between Roselló and 11 of his aides. The messages had profane and homophobic language and referenced other members of the government and even victims of Hurricane Maria. Sundial spoke with Miami Herald reporter Bianca Padró Ocasio who is on the island covering the ongoing protests. 

Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Odebrecht, the largest construction company in Latin America, is in the center of a multi-million dollar bribery scandal. The company filed for bankruptcy protection last month. The scandal was brought to light by an investigative team of journalists from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the Miami Herald. Reporter Sasha Chavkin joined Sundial to talk about the investigation.

 

 

 

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