Chris Remington

Chris Remington knew he wanted to work in public radio beginning in middle school, as WHYY played in his car rides to and from school in New Jersey. He’s freelanced for All Things Considered and was a desk associate for CBS Radio News in New York City. Most recently, he was producing for Capital Public Radio’s Insight booking guests, conducting research and leading special projects at Sacramento’s NPR affiliate.

South Florida is at the intersection of Latin American politics, has become a start-up capital and is a cultural beacon for the world. As a producer for Sundial, Chris wants to spotlight the stories of the diverse community that makes the region shine. Send him your pitches at Sundial@wlrnnews.org.

Restaurants, bars and hotels are gearing up for a potential surge in business from visitors ahead of Super Bowl LIV. The primetime game at Hard Rock stadium and the series of events leading up to it are expected to generate millions of dollars in revenues for the region. Miami’s Super Bowl Host Committee hasn’t come up with an official number, but projections from last year’s game in Atlanta from the city’s metro chamber were around $400 million in revenues. But that number could be overinflated.

More than 60 years ago, a committee was formed in the Florida legislature with the purpose of identifying and removing LGBTQ students and professors on Florida college campuses.

Over the course of a decade, investigators with the Johns Committee - so named because former Florida state lawmaker and governor Charley Johns led it- stalked and interrogated hundreds of suspected gay individuals, leading to the firing or expulsion of at least 200 people from their schools.  

Police in Hallandale Beach want to gain access to a unique “witness” in a criminal investigation.

A film now streaming on Netflix explores the massive steroids scandal that rocked Major League Baseball and its deep roots in Miami.

The Dozier School for Boys dates back to the turn of the century in Florida and its history is a dark one.

The reformatory school taught thousands of young boys in the small city of Mariana in the Panhandle for over 100 years. During that time, there were hundreds of documented cases of physical assault, torture and even death. But the school remained open. 

Fifty years ago, journalist Paulette Cooper had the wild idea to sneak onto a cruise ship.

The Florida Board of Education recently approved a new mandate requiring public schools to teach at least five hours of mental health instruction to students in sixth to 12th grade. 

The program requires students to take a course to help them identify signs and symptoms of depression and where to get help and resources. It aims to destigmatize mental health issues and and teach them how to help others who might be struggling.

Invasive snake populations in the Everglades continue to have devastating impacts on the ecosystem. 

Burmese Pythons, North African Pythons and Boa Constrictors have reduced the population of fur bearing animals by 99 percent, according to scientists. Since 2007, Zoo Miami has been working with the National Park Service, the United States Geological Services and the University of Florida to manage and eradicate invasive species from the Everglades.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber want companies to bid for the chance to build a monorail connecting their two cities.

The Miami-Dade County Commission voted on Monday to move forward with the bidding process for the project; there’s now a six-month bidding process. That comes after Malaysian gambling company Genting submitted an unsolicited proposal two months ago to build the monorail. 

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. 

Toni Morrison is among the most revered American authors of modern times. One of only two female writers to ever win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Morrison’s works have been read by millions of people all across the globe. 

The threat posed to Floridians by climate change is a daily reality: rising seas, hotter temperatures, more flooding and stronger hurricanes.

Democratic candidates are in South Florida ahead of the first Democratic presidential debates taking place Wednesday and Thursday nights in Miami. The topic of immigration is already front and center.

Florida is experiencing one of the worst Hepatitis A outbreaks in recent history. The State Department of Health puts the number of cases for this year at 1,466 as of Monday. That’s more than the 1,175 total cases reported in the past 5 years.

Hepatitis A continues to spread in Florida with over 1,000 cases this year, which is more than the total number of cases combined over the past five years. Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez announced on Monday she was working with the Center for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Public Health to focus efforts on reducing the spread of Hepatitis A.

The Trump administration announced Wednesday it will be drastically cutting federal aid to migrant childhood detention facilities.  The largest childhood detention facility in the United States is based in Homestead. It houses more than 2,000 children. The funding cuts mean the children will have no access to formal education, public attorneys or recess time.

On today’s episode of Sundial WLRN’s Danny Rivero co-hosts the show with Luis Hernandez.

Former Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson was arrested and admitted in to a Broward County jail on Tuesday. Peterson was arrested with multiple charges for his inaction during the Parkland shooting in February of 2018. WLRN’s Caitie Switalski was at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission meeting when Peterson’s arrest was announced. She joined Sundial from the second day of meetings to explain the details of the arrest.

Key West’s new city manager is Greg Veliz. Last week, the city commission voted for Veliz to take the position despite controversy surrounding his past. Veliz has a cocaine trafficking arrest on his permanent record. There were concerns that his previous conviction would disqualify him for the position as Key West’s city manager. Reporter Gwen Filosa covers the Florida Keys for the Miami Herald and Florida Keys news.

Through paintings, photos and historical clippings from artist and researchers,  History Fort Lauderdale museum's newest exhibition “Island Imprint: A History of the Caribbean Community in Broward County”  is celebrating South Florida's Caribbean culture and community. 

There's a battle underway between Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.

The fight is over the future of the iconic Coconut Grove Playhouse theater. Last week, the City of Miami Commission approved a plan supported by Gimenez that would demolish and renovate a portion of the theater. Mayor Francis Suarez, who argued the county wasn’t transparent about the full cost of the operation, vetoed the plan. 

We continue our conversation about the Coconut Grove Playhouse. The old theatre has been unused since 2006 and has become a topic of political interest in South Florida. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez wants to restore only the front of the theater and demolish the rest, building a modern new theater in its place. City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez does not agree. Suarez wants to restore the entire playhouse.

Governor Ron DeSantis leaves for Israel this weekend with a delegation of at least a hundred different lawmakers, lobbyists and business leaders.

DeSantis' trip will include a visit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a Florida cabinet meeting next Wednesday. But many of the details regarding the trip remain unclear, including the itinerary and whether the cabinet meeting will be streamed for the public.

Ten Florida counties have adopted the Warrant Service Officer program (WSO), which allows for deputies of sheriff departments across the state to work with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to detain undocumented immigrants. Ana Ceballos, reporter for the News Service of Florida, joined Sundial to explain how the relationship between sheriff deputies and ICE agents work.

Two high-profile candidates are vying for Miami-Dade County’s District 1 commission seat: Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert and Sybrina Fulton, activist and mother of Trayvon Martin.

The City of Miami Gardens has also hosted massive events this year such as Rolling Loud Music Festival and the Miami Open tennis tournament. Mayor Gilbert joined Sundial to talk about the impact of hosting these events in his city, and what preparation they are making for the 2020 Super Bowl.

Some Florida lawmakers are responding to the passage of Alabama’s new abortion law, which would ban  abortion in almost any circumstance and make providing the procedure a felony. State Senator Lauren Book, D-Plantation, released a statement yesterday in opposition to the law.

Florida ranks the third highest in the nation for human trafficking. During this year's legislative session, State Senator Lauren Book, D-Plantation, pushed for new law establishing a database of individuals convicted of soliciting prostitution or trafficking sex workers. It currently awaits Governor Ron DeSantis’ signature. Senator Book joined today’s program.

Food halls have been showing up all over South Florida the past couple years. The concept is simple: a communal space with various food vendors from local restaurants in the region. Last week, Time Out Market opened on Miami Beach, becoming the second food hall on Lincoln Road alone.

The new Major League Soccer team Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami -- referred to as Inter Miami CF -- led by David Beckham won't be starting out in Miami. Their games will take place for at least two years at a new facility being built at the Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Sundial talked to Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis about what this means for the city.

A new study by researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Texas in Austin ranks the 25 counties in the nation most at risk for measles.  Miami-Dade County is listed as the third most vulnerable and Broward County as the seventh. Dr.

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