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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Patrick Fergusson / Sierra Club

Sugar cane burning remains a controversial practice in rural communities in Western Palm Beach County. From October until April, sugar cane growers burn the outer leaves of the cane plants in order to harvest the sugar. 

Courtesy of Stop Sugar Field Burning Now Facebook

A Florida Keys cocaine smuggler is serving a life prison sentence for a 1989 conviction in Alabama. Richard ‘Dickie’ Lynn recently made headlines for seeking a release from prison due to his critical health condition. His case has sparked the creation of a Facebook page in his support. Miami Herald’s Florida Keys reporter David Goodhue has been following the story and joined Sundial to talk about Lynn's case. 

 

Jamie Margolin / Courtesy

Students from across the country are in Miami this week for a three-day event, called "This Is Zero Hour: The Youth Climate Summit." It's being hosted by the international youth climate advocacy organization Zero Hour, a group of 25 students who are striving to protect the environment. 

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

 

An explosion at a Plantation strip mall late Saturday morning injured 23 people and caused serious damage to storefronts and vehicles. Initial reports said the explosion was caused by a gas leak that came from a closed-down pizza shop, but firefighters now say there may not have been a gas leak. Sundial spoke with WLRN reporter Maddy Fox, who was on the scene on Saturday, about what she saw and an update about the investigation. 

 

LILY OPPENHEIMER / WLRN

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava is calling for Homestead Detention Facility to be shut down. "This is a national disaster, we're being called kidnappers around the world," she said on Sundial.

Cava, a Democrat representing the county's district 8, was at the Homestead Detention Facility with Democratic presidential candidates Senators Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand last week. Only Cava was able to take a one-hour tour inside the Homestead children’s detention center, making her the first sitting commissioner from South Florida to do so.

Alejandra Martinez / WLRN

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava was the first sitting commissioner from South Florida to tour the inside of the Homestead children’s detention center. She visited the facility with Senators Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand, both candidates for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential elections. Cava also recently announced her campaign for Miami-Dade County mayor. The commissioner spoke with Sundial about her visit inside the Homestead children’s facility and her election campaign for mayor.

 

 

Courtesy of Julie Peyton

More than 100 new laws go into effect this week in Florida, including the right to restore voting rights to felons and the banning of sanctuary cities. Sundial spoke with WLRN reporters Nadege Green and Tim Padgett to review some of the critical laws being enacted in Florida.

 

 

WLRN

Three Florida cities - Lake City, Riviera Beach and most recently Key Biscayne - have been targeted by hackers in the last month. All were held hostage by hackers for large amounts of money. Sundial spoke with Rob Wile of the Miami Herald to discuss his reporting on the hacking in Key Biscayne, Director of the Cybersecurity Center of the Americas at Miami Dade College Jorge Ortega and Palm Beach Post staff writer Tony Doris on the hacking in Riviera Beach.

 

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After traveling here from Springfield, Illinois, Mark Daniels paced up and down outside the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami - the site of the two Democratic presidential debates - and waved yarmulkes for sale. That is, yarmulkes engraved with the names of the 20 different candidates taking part in the debates - and even one with President Trump's.

Sherrilyn Cabrera / WLRN

Presidential candidate Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington visited Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood Tuesday morning on the eve of the first Democratic debate. His main focus: climate change.

Kevin Kenner

Over the weekend, President Donald Trump called off ICE raids that would have detained thousands of undocumented immigrants in cities all across the country, including Miami. The president said in a tweet on Saturday Congressional Democrats must submit to changes in asylum law, or raids would take place in two weeks. WLRN’s Sundial spoke with Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell of Florida’s 26th district just hours after she called for an impeachment inquiry into the president.

 

Kirsten Hines

The new executive director of the environmental group Friends of the Everglades is not that impressed with Gov. Ron DeSantis' environmental record thus far. 

Earlier this year, the governor granted $625 million to Everglades restoration and water quality projects as part of a proposed $91.3 billion state budget plan. But according to Alex Gillen, the new director, that's not enough.

"I don't think you should be rewarded for doing kind of what you're supposed to do," he said on Sundial. 

Gillen spoke on the show about environmental concerns across the state. 

Easter Seals South Florida

The students at Easter Seals Culinary Arts High School in Miami start their day in the kitchen at nine in the morning. They prepare and serve about 200 meals for the other children in the building, ages ranging from a few months to 22 years old.

 

“I like eggs, they can be very versatile, you can make a bunch of different type of eggs,” said 15-year-old Sebastian, student and chef assistant at the culinary arts high school.

 

 

 

Broward Sheriff's Office

Former Broward deputy officer Scot Peterson failed to respond to the mass shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland over a year ago, and was arrested on criminal charges this week. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been investigating how law enforcement officers responded to the incident.

Peterson was a school resource officer at the time of the Feb. 14 shooting, and some of the charges against him include child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury.

WLRN

The future plans for the Coconut Grove Playhouse, a theater built in the 1920s that was center stage to a plethora of  performances over the years, has become a political topic. 

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