Patricia Sagastume

Patricia Sagastume’s journalism career spans over two decades in broadcast television, radio and print. Whether she is producing a feature about the lobstering industry or investigating a story behind the scenes of a two-year copper mining strike, her stories unravel a drama that makes you care. Her credits range from being a producer for a PBS health series to reporting for television magazine programs across the country. Patricia's talent as a series producer was evident in the award-winning children's program she created. Later she developed a science and technology series for a PBS broadcast station in Tampa. In the Southwest she contributed border-themed stories to a syndicated PBS regional radio program. Her on-camera work landed her stints as a co-anchor and host of news and entertainment shows across the country. Currently, she specializes in environmental stories for radio, print and other projects. In 2012, she was a journalism fellow for the Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment and Science. Ms. Sagastume is scuba certified, which comes in handy to explore coral reefs.


6:00 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Everglades Violent Past Remembered

Bird of Paradise on Hat. 1900

In the late 1800's, the Everglades was a place for Native Americans, newly-freed slaves, naturalists, poachers, settlers and expansionists.

But by the end of the century, a massive influx of settlers were flocking to the Everglades for one thing:  to kill birds for their feathers.

It has been said that Marie Antoinette started the trend of using plumes to adorn her royal head - before she lost hers.

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9:30 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Fort Lauderdale Native Premieres Film At FLIFF

Filmmaker Tony Glazer. Writer-Director of the film, Junction.
Credit courtesy: Rod Goodman

Methamphetamine addiction came into the spotlight recently with the TV show, Breaking Bad. Now, a Fort Lauderdale native is returning to his hometown to premiere his first film about the subject. 

The movie, Junction, premieres at Cinema Paradiso, as part of the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival. It’s a gritty portrayal of methamphetamine addicts who unravel before our eyes.

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4:54 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Proposed Windfarm Becomes A Debate Over Creating Jobs And Protecting Wildlife

Wind turbines in California
Justin Smiley/

When it comes to clean energy projects like wind farms, where people stand on a proposal sometimes depends on where they sit. Take the case of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, certainly a champion of green causes — until someone proposed building a wind farm off Cape Cod, where the liberal lion liked to do his sailing.

He fought the wind farm until he died.

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Environmental Art
4:58 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

How Dozens Of Tires Went From Being At The Bottom Of The Ocean To The Center Of An Art Show

Crew removes tires from the water.
Patricia Sagastume

The whitewall rubber tires, which until recently had been on the bottom of the ocean floor off the coast of Broward County, now look like deflated, salt-encrusted life preservers, and reek of the decayed smell of barnacles mixed with sea spray.

They are the stars of an art exhibit called “The Eclipse,” open now in Miami’s Wynwood district, a tribute to a failed plan to create an artificial reef and mankind’s attempts to remove the tires and save the ocean from even more destruction.

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