Sam Turken

After living in North Carolina the past four years, Miami native Sam Turken is back in the city he’s always called home.

Sam is a proud Miami Beach Senior High alum and a recent graduate of Duke University where he studied journalism, public policy and history. He caught the public radio bug three years ago when he covered a gun buyback in Miami while on his spring break. Since then, he’s produced audio pieces on race, social justice and public housing. He enjoys using sound to tell rich and intimate stories.

A former managing editor of The Duke Chronicle, Sam has digital experience covering a range of other topics. He’s investigated the absence of female managers in Duke men’s basketball program and reported on enrollment imbalances within public schools in Durham, N.C. He’s also interned with WBUR in Boston and Fusion, written for the Raleigh News & Observer and worked for the Duke Reporters’ Lab.

When Sam isn’t doing journalism things, he enjoys the outdoors. He runs, plays tennis and soccer and spends time around the bay and ocean—something he wasn’t able to do while in college. You may also spot him riding his bike around Miami’s streets.

Andrew Gillum reaffirmed his commitment to South Florida's Jewish community as he continues to face attacks questioning his support for Israel. 

Standing onstage in the synagogue at the Century Pines Jewish Center, the Democratic nominee for governor discussed on Sunday his personal experiences to show that he has a strong bond with Israel and Jewish people. Any claim otherwise is misinformation, he said. 

Andrew Gillum called for "common sense gun reform" and deflected questions about fundraising with Broward County's embattled sheriff at a campaign stop on Friday in Plantation. 

The Democratic nominee for governor received an endorsement from the gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America after fundraising with Broward commissioners and county sheriff Scott Israel earlier in the morning. 

Standing alongside Puerto Rican community leaders in Miami on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said he didn't want to talk politics on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria's landfall in Puerto Rico. 

But that wish gradually gave way as the Democrat from Florida condemned President Donald Trump for disputing the death toll from the hurricane and called on the federal government to do more to rebuild the island. 

People experiencing homelessness in Miami now have access to a new bathroom after the city  opened on Wednesday its first permanent toilet in Downtown. 

Miami ranks 29th on a list of cities for how well it integrates immigrants, according to a new annual assessment by the bipartisan group New American Economy. 

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The state commission that’s investigating the Parkland school shooting discussed on Wednesday ways to improve school safety, agreeing that middle and high school campuses should always have at least one police officer present.

Elementary schools, however, could have an armed guardian instead of an officer or sheriff’s deputy, the panel decided. 

WLRN interns spent some time this summer looking at how the idea of gender is changing in South Florida. This story is part of their project.

Teenagers often spend their afternoons at the West Palm Beach Police Athletic League playing sports, watching movies and using computers.

But on one Monday afternoon in July, a group of middle and high school boys did something different. They participated in a discussion about rape and how not to objectify women.

Tropical storm Gordon drenched South Florida on Labor Day, knocking out power for thousands and putting a damper on a holiday that is usually a boon for tourism and many businesses.

Activists and state elected officials rallied on Saturday outside the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair, calling for an end to gun shows at the center. 

Protestors waved signs and chanted as they faulted the Fair for allowing the gun shows to continue at the fairgrounds in Tamiami Park for more than three decades. 

While the center is home to the annual Youth Fair in the spring, the nonprofit — the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition Inc. — leases the property from the county and holds other events there throughout the year. 

Jeff Forsythe could not stop laughing at the boaters.

He sat on a grassy hill near the Black Point Marina boat ramp with his wife and son. The ramp was too crowded for him to trailer his own boat into the water on this Sunday before the Fourth of July.

Instead, he joined more than a dozen others watching and jeering at boaters using the ramp.

Donna Shalala won the Democratic nomination for the 27th U.S. congressional district in South Florida Tuesday, setting up a key showdown that will determine the fate of a long-held Republican seat.

  

Shalala, a former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and president of the University of Miami, edged past a crowded field with 32 percent of the vote.

She will now try to turn the seat Democratic after more than two decades with it under the control of Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is retiring.

The former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro says Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum can bring Democrats together and improve health care and public education across the state. 

Gillum campaigned with Castro across South Florida on Saturday as part of his statewide bus tour before the Democratic primary on Tuesday.

In an interview with WLRN, Castro—who is considering running for president in 2020—praised Gillum's honesty and progressive platform. 

Officials from the Florida Democratic Party met with black South Floridians on Saturday to discuss the importance of voting and to train them how to mobilize other voters ahead of the midterm elections in November.

Tampa's mayor visited Miami Thursday to learn more about a rail system that could potentially add a new transportation link between Florida's three largest cities. 

Mayor Bob Buckhorn toured the Brightline station in Miami with Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez before test-riding a train to Fort Lauderdale. Buckhorn wanted to see how the railway operates as Brightline works to expand its service into the Tampa Bay area. 

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