Daniel Hicks

TV Producer / Environment Reporter

Daniel Hicks is a professional journalist, network television news producer, sustainability analyst, public educator and former digital editor for WLRN-Miami Herald News in Miami, where he managed online content and helped develop WLRN.org's environment beat.

Daniel has produced political, business and entertainment content for NBC News, NBC Today, NBC News Channel, MSNBC and CNBC. While at CNBC in Los Angeles, he covered the entertainment sector and created the network’s first and only green business and sustainability series sponsored by Toyota and British Petroleum.

He received an Emmy nomination in 1997 for breaking news of the Heaven’s Gate tragedy in San Diego. In 1998, he covered the historic German election from Berlin as a correspondent for MSNBC through a fellowship with the Arthur F. Burns Foundation in Washington, D.C.

As a consultant, Daniel works with organizations to improve strategic communications. At the University of California, Berkeley in 2000, he compiled and wrote an in-depth analysis for reforming research communications that later served as a blueprint for the entire UC system. He subsequently wrote guidance for modernizing sports information at UCLA.

As a GRI-certified sustainability analyst, he lectures on the emerging area of integrated corporate reporting. He is founder of global services firm, dandhicks.com.

Earlier in his professional career, Daniel spent five years in Tokyo writing and editing for The Daily Yomiuri. A sampling of his extensive travel background and academic sabbaticals include Australia, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Nepal, Russia, South Korea and Thailand. He is learning Spanish.

Daniel graduated from Columbia University’s School of Journalism in New York City and UCLA, where he specialized in economics, political science and most recently, financial accounting. He is current member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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People
6:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

New Board Members At Friends Of WLRN

Friends of WLRN, the fundraising arm of WLRN Radio & Television, has chosen seven new board members to support the future direction of the station and public media in South Florida.

The new members -- Carlos Blanco, Dwight Hill, Diana Parker, Flora Perez, Randel Ransom, G. Frederick Reinhardt and Tadd Schwartz -- bring a wealth of expertise and represent leading sectors of the regional economy, from real estate and banking to transportation and telecommunications.

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Perez Art Museum
11:26 am
Thu December 5, 2013

WLRN TV At PAMM's Opening Day

The Perez Art Museum Miami is a public-private partnership, part of a $220 million overall project funded by community donors and $100 million in voter-approved bonds.
Credit Daniel Hicks

It's been a race against time to open the new Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in time for South Florida's annual Art Basel extravaganza.

PAMM is the latest cultural landmark to appear on the shores of Biscayne Bay, and it replaces the old Center for Fine Arts just a few blocks away in downtown Miami.

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Elevation Zero
8:48 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

LISTEN: Sea-Level Rise In South Florida Town Hall

WLRN-Miami Herald News hosted a coastal-communities town hall on Nov. 7 as part of our more-than-weeklong multimedia series on the effects of sea-level rise, called Elevation Zero: Rising Seas in South Florida.

WLRN anchor Tom Hudson moderated the event, which included a panel of U.S. elected officials from East Coast districts gathered to discuss a response to the threat of rising seas. For more details on the premise, click here.

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Journalism
12:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

WLRN Announces Senior Leadership Team For News

WLRN Public Radio and Television has named Tom Hudson as vice-president of news, Terence Shepherd as news director and Alicia Zuckerman as editorial director for all of WLRN-Miami Herald News.

“We have brought together one of the best, if not the best, leadership teams in public media news,” said John Labonia, general manager of WLRN Public Radio and Television. “Our goal of making WLRN the round-the-clock, pervasive and constant source of news and information about and of interest to South Florida is now in reach. I am honored to be working with such talented individuals.”

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Elevation Zero
6:14 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Exclusive: See Meta Impact Of Sea-Level Rise On South Florida

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Global warming has raised global sea level about 8 inches since 1880 while rising seas dramatically increase the odds of damaging floods from storm surges. In fact, a Climate Central analysis found that the odds of worse floods occurring by 2030 are on track to double or more for widespread areas of the U.S.

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Elevation Zero
2:35 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

WLRN Special Report: Sea-Level Rise In South Florida

Credit Claudia H. Munoz

When it comes to climate change, one thing is certain: our oceans are rising. And South Florida is expected to be among the first regions on Earth to experience the impact. In fact, some initial preparations are already underway

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Economic Development
5:28 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Regional Plan Prepares South Florida For Consequences Of Climate Change

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South Florida is already considered by many to be a global destination for culture but a local group of leaders from technology, arts, design and music want to ensure it’s a destination for creative entrepreneurship as well.

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Education
7:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Q&A With Paul Krugman: How Illiteracy In Economics Impacts U.S. Politics

Prof. Paul Krugman
Credit Tom Hudson

Since 2008, Nobel Prize-winning economist and Princeton University professor Paul Krugman has been a loud and consistent voice calling for more government stimulus to help the American economy recover from the Great Recession, induced to a large extent by the financial implosion on Wall Street.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Public Debt

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History
10:34 am
Wed August 28, 2013

MLK's March On Washington: Hear From The Folks Who Were There

Rev. Martin Luther King delivering his 'I Have a Dream' speech in 1963, as captured by photographer Bob Adelman, who tells us about being there that day and shooting this photo.
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Editor's Note: Below are Americans with South Florida connections who went to hear the Rev. Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his famous "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington, D.C., one of the most significant civil rights events in history.  Their bios are compiled from public and private sources. Listen to what they have to say. 

SHIRLEY JOHNSON

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The Cuban Kitchen
4:24 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Submit Your Favorite Stories, Recipes For #CubanKitchen

Credit Isabel Echarte

Cuban cuisine has chewed its way into South Florida's culture. Many an abuela has shared family recipes for ropa vieja and bistec empanizado, through generations. WLRN wants a seat at your kitchen table to hear your stories of cooking Cuban dishes.

What are your favorite memories of being in, around, or inspired by a Cuban kitchen? Tell us what made them special click here.

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Transportation
1:24 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

County Sees Ripple Effect From New Fort Lauderdale Streetcar

An artist's rendering which depicts a section of the new Wave streetcar route for downtown Fort Lauderdale.
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More than four years ago, when Congress passed the Obama stimulus, nobody in Fort Lauderdale would have imagined that a ripple effect from the legislation might become a "Wave" for Broward County commuters and businesses.

"This is the beginning," said Diana Alarcon, director of the city's transportation and mobility department, smiling as she described the new Wave streetcar project for downtown Fort Lauderdale during a recent public workshop in Oakland Park.

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Journalism
1:39 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

WLRN Takes Home Three National Murrow Awards For Radio Excellence

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The Radio Television Digital News Association announced the winners of the 2013 national Edward R. Murrow Awards today.

In addition to previously announced regional Murrow Awards, for the first time in its history, WLRN won top national honors in three categories under large market and network radio: feature reporting, use of sound and investigative reporting.

Here are links to our three winners:

FEATURE REPORTING

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Local Food
8:51 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Lutherans Help Urban Farm Take Root In Fort Lauderdale

Artist rendering of the proposed Flagler Village Community Garden in Fort Lauderdale.
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Like many young professionals, 30-year-old Chad Scott had second thoughts about his job.

He was a CPA with accounting giant Ernest & Young for more than six years before becoming an internal auditor with Miami-based Burger King International. But something was missing.

"I wanted a life I could live without anxiety," said the Pembroke Pines native, recalling all the times he was chained to a desk during tax season and wouldn't see the sun for days.

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Business
7:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Miami Agency Enjoys Sweet Spot Of Gay Advertising

The creative team at Tinsley Advertising. Chief Creative Officer Dorn Martell is in the front row, third from left.
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Dorn Martell doesn't act surprised to hear gay culture is hot right now after a perfect storm of recent events from legal rulings on same-sex marriage to headlines of professional athletes coming out.

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Sports
10:09 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Florida Senate Approves SunLife Stadium Bill

Voters go to the polls today to decide on renovations to SunLife Stadium that may prove moot by the end of the week.
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Update 10:07 p.m. EST: The Florida Senate approved the Dolphins bill, 36-4. Now the House will get its turn to pass its own version.

Believe it or not, early voting began Monday in Miami-Dade County in a referendum that may NOT be needed by the end of the week.

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