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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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DCF workers feeling “overwhelmed” and “defeated,” new report says

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An internal review by the Department of Children and Families depicts a still dysfunctional agency, with workers feeling “unsupported,” “overwhelmed,” and “defeated.” The 133-page report, commissioned by DCF Secretary Mike Carroll, was released Thursday afternoon to FloridaPolitics.com in response to a public records request. It has been referred to informally in DCF circles as the “Sanford Report” after its lead author, retired lawyer Peggy Sanford.  “Secretary Carroll established a work group to ensure the best practices are in place to protect every child we serve,”…

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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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