Maria Murriel

Digital editor

Maria edits WLRN.org and oversees all its digital implications, including social-media activity and radio-to-web conceptualization.

She likes hyphenating adjectives and working on weekends.

Maria has worked across the South Florida media bubble, starting with hyperlocal start-up and community-news blog Open Media Miami, a former partner of the Miami Herald covering the Biscayne Corridor. Her work in features multimedia journalism has also appeared in Beached Miami, the Miami New Times' Cultist blog, Tasting Table Miami and the nationwide music blog Consequence of Sound.

Before finding her place in public radio, Maria helped launch the Sun Sentinel's start-up entertainment site, SouthFlorida.com. With her blog, the Lush Life, she became South Florida's first dedicated craft-beer reporter, and the only local woman on the beat.

Aside from the burgeoning local-beer and cocktail industry, Maria's interests are in multiculturalism, community news and inner-city issues. She's a proud FIU grad with a bachelor's in religious studies, and she is co-director of alumni relations for the FIU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Follow Maria on Twitter at @mariamurriel, and on other networks at about.me/mariamurriel.

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Music
6:36 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Churchill's Pub Owner Closes Sale And Local Punks Speculate

Dave Daniels has lived on-site at his Churchill's Pub in Little Haiti since it opened in 1979. This Monday, his colleague Mr. C announced Daniels finalized a deal to sell what I call Miami's local CBGB.

Last time I interviewed Dave Daniels, he made comments about his pub's kitchen renovations and the pleasantness of a young woman's company, and in between he talked about the local bands his stage helped bolster and the local journalists whose write-ups had done them justice.

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Ultra Music Festival
5:43 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Public Radio Listener's Alternative Cultural Guide To Ultra Weekend

Credit Morikami Museum

Some people like to flee downtown Miami when the bass hits the town. It does get pretty loud during Ultra, after all. But there's a way to embrace the city and all of its noise.

During Miami Music Week, some earnest, intellect-stimulating events sneak their way through EDM's unruly buzz. Maybe it'll just be you and another bespectacled, mustachioed friend. Maybe you'll run into one of us.

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Awards
5:20 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

WLRN-Miami Herald News Wins 11 First-Place AP Broadcasters Awards

Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

This weekend, the WLRN-Miami Herald News team was proud to receive the title for best overall in large-market radio, among several other first-place awards at the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters banquet. Our team is grateful for your support, which allows us to produce the great work we bring you during our daily newscasts and special programming.

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The Sunshine Economy
9:10 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Brew Askew: The Beer Business In South Florida

The Funky Buddha Brewery held a large outdoor festival to release its first bottled offering, the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Packaging beers is a milestone for small breweries.
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

Up until 2012, there was only one microbrewery in South Florida. But after Tequesta Brewing Company's first colleague, Due South Brewing Company, opened that summer, more have bubbled up all over.

And the newness of this industry partly contributes to the difficulties brewers face when trying to open their businesses -- local and state laws prohibit even beer tastings at storesmake even beer tastings difficult.

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Florida Politics
9:39 am
Wed March 5, 2014

How Gov. Rick Scott's State Of The State Compares To What Floridians Want

A word cloud of Governor Rick Scott's State of the State, which emphasized tax cuts and focused on successes in job creation

A campaigning incumbent always has to be upbeat and, in reporting on how you’ve done, you don’t want to bring down the party. Gov. Rick Scott was no exception.

Every state legislative session begins with an address by the Governor on the state of the state. But what if the people of Florida gave that speech instead?

We joined other Florida public radio stations and asked Floridians what they think the state has done well -- or badly -- and how it manifests in their daily lives. Here's what residents from across the state had to say:

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News
4:53 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Medical Pot Campaign Reaches Its Petition Signature Goal

Credit Vlado / Flickr CC

Elections officials certified on Friday, Jan. 24, that the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida collected enough qualified signatures to put the proposed amendment on this November's ballot.

Campaign manager Ben Pollara says his organization, United We Care, gathered more than 1 million signatures to come up with the 683,149 needed to win a ballot spot.

He is now starting to fundraise for what he says will be an expensive and difficult campaign.

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Weather
5:16 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

South Florida The Warmest In The State, Even In The 40s

Credit Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

This weekend will be the coldest of the 2013-2014 so far, and South Florida can expect frost, according to the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network. 

Here's a message from WLRN's meteorologist Jeff Huffman: 

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The End Of The Road
1:30 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Devilish Commute: How South Florida Lives With I-95

Nearly 2,000 miles of human accomplishment end unceremoniously near Coconut Grove.
Credit Gregory Castillo / Miami Herald

The U.S. Census 2006-2010 American Communities Survey says the most popular commute is, by far, from Broward to Miami-Dade County. It estimates 125,000 make that drive to work every day.

For nearly an hour and a half, Broward-to-Dade commuters sit on Interstate 95's crowded lanes, some investing in express-lane tolls while others face the red-eyed inertia of cars ahead.

One commuter says of her peers' brake lights: “Look at them. Red little demon eyes stopping you in your tracks. Interfering with your making a living."

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Odd News
5:37 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Earthquake Off Cuba's Coast Felt In Key West, Residents Not Rattled

Credit Google Maps

There was a magnitude 5.1 earthquake between Key West and Cuba Thursday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service in Miami, the epicenter was about 110 miles southeast of Key West, and there was no tsunami warning. Here's the news you heard on air:

Key West residents Pam Hobbs, Cori Convertito and author Janet Hartwell talked with WLRN's Sammy Mack about feeling tremors. See some of their quotes in the Storify below, and hear their voices here:

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Links
8:51 am
Fri December 27, 2013

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Dec. 23-27

Credit TheNewsHerald/Flickr

I'm digital editor here, and this week I was particularly proud of the WLRN news team for a policy-changing story that made it to our top five. You may have heard us talk about it on the Florida Roundup last week: A majority African-American school in Jacksonville will change its name, currently that of an early Ku Klux Klan leader. Find the details below, but not before the top story of the week:

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Miami Accents
8:01 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Do You Sound Like You're From South Florida? Take The NYT Quiz

Our Miami talk is markedly different from the Southern drawls heard farther north in the state, but even within the four South Florida counties, twangs and tones are varied.

The New York Times this week released a dialect map to show its readers how their speech lines up with their hometowns. A quiz asks readers how they pronounce words like "caramel" and "aunt," and the answers generate a color coded map, which also highlights three of the cities whose residents speak most like the quiz taker.

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Holidays
8:01 am
Thu December 26, 2013

This Is The Christmas Treat That Really Says "Miami" To Me

Maria Murriel WLRN

Despite Miami's widespread Nochebuena culture, I always felt like my Peruvian-immigrant family's Christmas celebrations were different from other "Americans."

During our early years here in the early 2000s, my mom was the caretaker for an elderly, wealthy couple. Señora Lilian was from Cuba, and her husband, Mr. Hollenbeck, was from the U.S. They were sweet.

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Music
5:04 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

SUN SENTINEL: FAU's Vinyl Giveaway Starts Jan. 6

Credit Matthias Rhomberg / Flickr CC

Florida Atlantic University's Recorded Sound Archives at the Wimberly Library will be purged this January. Well, sort of.

The library's sound archive is digitized, and duplicate records or those that don't fit with the school's collection will be given away Jan. 6-10, the Sun Sentinel reports. Possible finds include Glenn Miller, Barbra Streisand, Broadway, Christmas and Jewish albums.

The Nielsen Soundscan reported vinyl to be 2 percent of all albums sold. FAU archivist Ben Roth says the medium has a "warmer sound" than digitally reproduced music.

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DARPA
3:43 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Simple Tasks, Heavy Burdens: Robot Engineers Compete To 'Save Humanity'

THOR OP competes in the terrain task.
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

The Pentagon hosted a robotics competition at the Homestead Miami Speedway over the weekend. It’s being called the "Robot Olympics."

Teams from all over the world came to prove their robots’ agility at the Robotics Challenge trials. The teams whose robots earn the top scores would get a shot at winning $2 million in the finals next year.

But the games are about much more than the cash:

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Weird News
12:30 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Florida Capitol's Holiday Display Now Includes A Spaghetti Monster

A Flying Spaghetti Monster sits in front of the Florida Capitol's Festivus pole.
Credit Karl Etters / Tallahassee Democrat

After making headlines with the Festivus pole brought in by Deerfield Beach's Chaz Stevens, Florida's Capitol building continues to welcome holiday cheer from every denomination.

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