Kelley Mitchell

Kelley Mitchell is an Oklahoma City, OK native and a McMahon Journalism Scholar at the University of Oklahoma.

 She has previously worked at The Edmond Evening Sun in Edmond, OK. 

Kelley has spent most of her career in radio and television, previously at WKY radio, KOCO-TV (ABC) in Oklahoma City, OK, WJBK-TV (CBS) in Detroit, MI and WPXI-TV (NBC) in Pittsburgh, PA.

 Kelley moved to South Florida in 1991 and has been an anchor and reporter for WSVN-TV (FOX) and WPLG-TV (ABC.) She joined WLRN-Miami Herald News in June 2011.

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And So It Goes
11:30 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Saying Goodbye To My High School: A Personal Farewell

Kelley Mitchell, center, along fellow John Marshall students Ed Howard, left and Sherrill Scott, right, in Oklahoma City, OK.
Credit JMHS Staff

I just had one of those "When Life Kicks You In The Teeth" moments.

No, nobody's dying, and, yes, it could be worse, but I'm still reeling a bit.

I've found out that my high school is being torn down.

John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City. 

The school we all couldn't wait to follow our brothers and sisters to, even if I had neither.

The school where I took driver's ed and learned from the wrestling coach who was required to be the instructor one hour a day to 'Don't never 'ccelerate during a turn.'

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Musical Tribute To Spec's
6:49 am
Fri February 1, 2013

A Swan Song For Spec's Music Stores

Herald Music Critic Howard Cohen Still Keeps His Eye On Helen Reddy.
Credit Howard Cohen

In 1973, future Miami Herald music critic Howard Cohen burst into the Spec's Music store on South Dixie Highway in Coral Gables with of all the energy of a 10-year-old about to begin a 40-year habit.

That's because he was.  

He and his mother had piled into their 1971 yellow Ford Pinto for the express purpose of taking home Helen Reddy.  At least in the form of her hit single, "Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)." 

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Overtown Music Project
7:30 am
Fri January 25, 2013

How Music Is Coming Back To Overtown

Amy Rosenberg
Credit Overtown Music Project

The Overtown section of Miami was the heart and soul of music during the early to mid-1960’s.

It developed as Southern and Bahamian blacks relocated to Miami area to work on Henry Flagler’s railroad.

As they prospered, so did the club and performing arts scene.

Other venues included the Rockland, Palace, the Harlem Square Club, the Cotton Club, the Ritz Theater, the Mary Elizabeth Hotel and the Sir John, to name a few.

These clubs and theaters featured the great artists such as Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Billie Holiday, and Cab Calloway.

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Key West Literary Seminar
3:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

The 'Key' To Being A Successful Writer

Arlo Haskell, right, Associate Director of the Key West Literary Seminar with attendee Hannah Scott, left, and Jolly Benson, center.
Credit KWLS

  If you think writers from all around the world have been descending upon Key West for 31 years to escape cruddy winter weather while knocking back a rum runner or two and discussing their work, you probably won’t get an argument from them.

The Key West Literary Seminar attracts some of the finest authors – and their fans – for two consecutive weekends.

This year’s four-day event started on Jan. 10 and the second session picks up on Jan. 17 and ends on the 20th, with a Writers’ Workshop Program sandwiched in between.

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Arts
11:23 am
Fri December 28, 2012

What Happened in ArtsYear 2012

Credit lyooa

A bustling Art Basel Miami Beach, the 1,000th Random Act of Culture, a vote of popularity for Delray Beach’s Arts Garage and major change for the Miami City Ballet.

All this and more took place in 2012.

WLRN is seriously committed to covering the arts and a lot of our staff was in the thick of the arts world.

We asked some voices you may just know to identify a few of the influential happenings.

So here are thoughts from Alicia Zuckerman, Arianna Prothero and Christine DiMattei in what we like to call “ArtsYear 2012.”

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News
6:21 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

NEWSCAST: Scott Vs. Crist

Florida Governor Rick Scott
Credit Kristina_Hernandez

 Republican Governor Rick Scott Friday reacted to speculation that newly registered Democrat Charlie Crist will run against him in 2014. Crist, a former Republican governor who became an independent in 2010, and is now formally registered as a Democrat. Scott says the state lost hundreds of thousands of jobs and saw its debt soar during the Crist administration. "In my first two years, we've turned the corner.  Biggest drop in unemployment - it's down to 8.5 percent - and 175,000 private sector jobs. So that's what I'm doing.

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Arts
1:33 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Borscht Film Festival Begins

Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva of Borscht Corp.
Credit Borscht Corp.

The homegrown Borscht Film Festival is underway and in its eighth incarnation now.

It started as a group of New World of the Arts high school students who shared a common love of film. They stayed in touch,

even as they scattered across the country to hone their skills.

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News
6:30 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

NEWSCAST: 'Bright Futures' Could Be Changed

University of Central Florida Students inside Student Union.
Credit hsembrano

Most students who receive Bright Futures scholarships would have to stay in Florida after graduation or pay back the money under a law proposed in Tallahassee.  If approved, he law would take effect with the 2014-15 school year. The bill was filed by Republican Representative Jimmie Smith.

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News
5:46 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

NEWSCAST: Meet Florida's New Education Chief

Dr. Tony Bennett speaking in Indiana.
Credit The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation

Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett will be Florida's next education commissioner. The Florida Board of Education unanimously selected Bennett, a protege of former Gov. Jeb Bush. As Indiana's chief, Tony Bennett imported Florida education ideas to the Hoosier state. Board of education members cite Bennett's familiarity with new Common Core standards as Florida transforms how schools teach and test students. Bennett says he wants Florida to remain a national education reform     leader. "I think we have a great opportunity to capture Florida's moment," Bennett says.

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News
2:37 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Obama: Why The 'Fiscal Cliff' Hurts Latin Families

Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz (red jacket) in Oval Office meeting.
Credit The White House

White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz voices 

President Barack Obama’s concerns about what the impact of a failure to reach a budget agreement could mean for Latin families.

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News
6:09 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

NEWSCAST: Unemployment Benefits Threatened

Jobs Fairs Remain A Big Draw.
Credit JobFair 2012

Jobless benefits may be cut off for more than     100,000 Floridians at the end of the month.  Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity is sending notices to those receiving Emergency Unemployment Compensation from the federal government. The program provides up to an additional 20 weeks of benefits that will expire December 29 if Congress doesn't extend them. The program began in July of 2008.

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News
6:46 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

NEWSCAST: Miami Herald Building Not 'Historic'

The Miami Herald Building.
Credit Kiernan.Adair

LATE-BREAKING STORY:

The Miami Herald Building will not be designated historic, paving the way for demolition by casino giant Genting.

Absentee Ballot Tally For South Florida

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News
5:28 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

NEWSCAST: Casino Giant Drops Gambling Ballot Bid

Genting Highlands in Malaysia.
Credit Jay Zhang

The casino giant that bought the Miami Herald site has put a hold on its plans to petition for a casino amendment on the twenty-fourteen ballot.  Halting the petition effort means state lawmakers will drive the decision over whether to bring Las Vegas- style gaming to Florida. The Malaysian-based casino giant -- Genting Group -- has spent close to a million dollars on a campaign to let voters decide. That campaign started after a casino amendment died in the Florida legislature last year.  But now the group is taking a less aggressive strategy, in part perhaps because gaming regulations ar

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News
6:41 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

NEWSCAST: Miami-Dade Commissioners OK Prayer

Miami-Dade County Seal.
Credit Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade Commissioners said they could bring back prayer to their public meetings and now they have. It came in an 8 to 3 vote. They signed off on a change to a current rule that only allowed for a moment of silence before meetings. Now, commissioners will be able to invite a religious leader of their choosing to lead everyone in a prayer before each meeting. Baylor Johnson is a  spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union     of Florida and says the commissioners are inviting conflict and a possible lawsuit by doing this. A commissioner can also lead a prayer themselves if they

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News Education
6:02 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

NEWSCAST: Former Indiana Education Chief Applies Here

Former Indiana Education Chief Tony Bennett.
Credit eric.bradner

  

  Indiana's ousted education chief says he's applied for the Sunshine State's top schools job.

Tony Bennett lost his bid for reelection last month.

Bennett says he first met Jeb Bush after winning election as the Indiana's Superintendent of Public Instruction four years ago.

Since then, Bennett has taken education policies Bush first in Florida tried and brought them to Indiana. Those ideas are often called "The Florida Model."

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