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Personnel note: Audra Burch to NYT

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The Miami Herald’s Audra Burch is departing the newspaper to join the New York Times as a Miami-based national enterprise reporter. The Random Pixels blog last week shared a staff memo about Burch’s hire. Burch, whom Herald editors called their “extraordinarily talented enterprise reporter,” collaborated with Carol Marbin Miller on 2014’s Innocents Lost. The Herald’s series “painstakingly examined 477 deaths of children who perished despite being under the protective umbrella of the Florida Department of Children & Families,” the memo said. “The series…

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CNN reports, eloquently, on the nightmare that is Florida Medicaid

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It’s been ten years, almost to the day, since Congressman-elect Charlie Crist pulled $360 out of his pocket to pay for a year’s supply of thermal blankets for 12-year-old Kevin Estinfil, and pulled the plug on state lawyers who’d been fighting in the Third District Court of Appeal to deny the boy the basic supplies that were keeping him alive. Back then, Crist was the Florida Attorney General who had just been elected Governor, and Kevin was confined to a…

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Back from vacation with a special message to our readers

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Walt Disney World is billed as “The Happiest Place on Earth” and any regular reader of this blog or any friend on Facebook knows how much I believe that. In fact, I believe that title extends to any place where Uncle Walt’s magic can be found, including the majestic Disney cruise ships. My family and I returned Saturday from aboard the Disney Fantasy and it was nothing less than what the ship’s name suggests — a genuine fantasy of happiness and joy. And yet,…

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Florence Snyder: Where the Sun don’t shine

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The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is not the worst offender in Florida’s never-ending War on Open Government. It just gets caught in the act more often than fellow offenders at the state, county and municipal levels. That’s because DCF is one of the few agencies left which ever has to contend with watchdog journalism. DCF chieftains, lawyers and flacks are well-acquainted with the well-oiled BS detector of the Miami Herald’s Carol Marbin Miller, a veteran investigative reporter who knows the difference between transparency, and transparent…

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‘War on public records,’ warns top scribe Carol Marbin Miller

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There is a war on against Florida’s open records law and the press and public are losing, investigative reporter Carol Marbin Miller warned newspaper journalists Friday. Marbin Miller, a senior investigative reporter at the Miami Herald and former investigative reporter at the St. Petersburg Times, called for action at the annual awards luncheon of the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors meeting at the Westin Hotel in Lake Mary. She warned the Florida Legislature is brazenly passing far too many exemptions; and government…

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Carol Marbin Miller accepts award for Miami Herald’s “Innocents Lost” series

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Carol Marbin Miller, one of the writers of the Miami Herald’s “Innocents Lost” investigation, on Monday, accepted the Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Award for the 2014 series on behalf of the newspaper. Miller and co-writer Audra D.S. Burch spent three years looking into Florida’s child welfare system “by following the lives – and deaths – of children within the system,” according to a news release. They “pored over thousands of documents, uncovering a system that was clearly broken, leaving children unprotected…

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Herald’s ‘Innocents Lost’ wins Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism

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“Innocents Lost,” the thoroughly researched Miami Herald series on child deaths in Florida, received the 2014 Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism on Tuesday. Awarded by Harvard University, Worth Bingham honors investigative reporting of national significance in areas where the public interest is being ill served. The Herald I-Team investigation, led by reporters Carol Marbin Miller and Audra D.S. Burch, invested a year of reporting to explore the deaths of 477 children. They found that not only were the children victims…

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