Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

Florida Center for Investigative Reporting The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting is a bilingual investigative journalism nonprofit working to expose corruption and miscarriages of justice.
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Florida Center for Investigative Reporting is the first bilingual content provider in the Sunshine State. FCIR staff works under the guidance and supervision of a board of directors to produce investigative journalism in partnership and collaboration with its partners, including traditional and ethnic news media. FCIR’s goal is to create a statewide network to deliver reports on multiple platforms, including print newspapers and magazines, radio and television, and online.

Florida Center for Investigative Reporting is the first bilingual content provider in the Sunshine State. FCIR staff works under the guidance and supervision of a board of directors to produce investigative journalism in partnership and collaboration with its partners, including traditional and ethnic news media. FCIR’s goal is to create a statewide network to deliver reports on multiple platforms, including print newspapers and magazines, radio and television, and online.

Mission: The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting is the first nonprofit, digital and bilingual investigative journalism organization in Florida working to expose corruption, waste and miscarriages of justice. FCIR believes this type of reporting is essential to democracy, and will use the latest technologies and storytelling techniques to connect with diverse audiences throughout the state. FCIR is based at the International Media Center, an independent nonprofit located at Florida International University in Miami that advances journalism in Latin American communities, including Florida and Cuba. FCIR’s partnership with IMC is a first step in building an educational program. FCIR is committed to working with Florida International University faculty to help train the next generation of journalists. Student interns will produce investigative and multimedia reports, in English and Spanish, for FCIR.

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12/23/2020
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New Today: "Drained," a four-episode podcast from FCIR and WMFE about the massive plan to save the Everglades.In “Draine...
12/08/2020
Drained: A Podcast About the Massive Plan to Save the Everglades – Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

New Today: "Drained," a four-episode podcast from FCIR and WMFE about the massive plan to save the Everglades.

In “Drained,” environmental reporter Amy Green wades into the controversy around one of the most ambitious environmental restoration efforts ever undertaken.

From rivers of toxic slime to a mind-boggling plan to inject a giant bubble of freshwater 1,000 feet underground, “Drained” examines the massive plan to restore the river of grass and poses the big question about the future of this natural wonder: Can it be saved?

In the final days of his administration, with the eyes of the world on Florida where the epic 2000 election recount was underway, President Bill Clinton quietly signed into law a plan to restore the Everglades. Twenty years and $17 billion later, the grandiose vision of reversing decades of environm...

12/07/2020
90.7 WMFE

DRAINED, a podcast from WMFE and FCIR, is coming tomorrow.

In 2000, President Bill Clinton quietly signed into law a plan to restore the Everglades. Twenty years and $17 billion later, the grandiose vision of reversing decades of environmental damage remains stuck in the swamp.

In DRAINED, a podcast from WMFE and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, environmental reporter Amy Green wades into the controversy around one of the most ambitious environmental restoration efforts ever undertaken.

From rivers of toxic slime to a mind-boggling plan to inject a giant bubble of freshwater a thousand feet underground, DRAINED examines the massive plan to restore the river of grass and poses the big question about the future of this natural wonder: Can it be saved?

It's out Tuesday at WMFE.org and FCIR.org, and wherever you get your podcasts. More: https://www.wmfe.org/category/drained

In "Drained," a four-part podcast coming this month from WMFE and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, Amy Gr...
12/01/2020
Coming in December: Drained, a Podcast About the Massive Plan to Save the Everglades – Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

In "Drained," a four-part podcast coming this month from WMFE and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, Amy Green wades into the controversy around one of the most ambitious environmental restoration efforts ever undertaken.

In the final days of his administration, with the eyes of the world on Florida where the epic 2000 election recount was underway, President Bill Clinton quietly signed into law a plan to restore the Everglades. Twenty years and $17 billion later, the grandiose vision of reversing decades of environm...

The FCIR documentary short "Drowning by Sunrise," produced in partnership with The Intercept, won four prizes in 2020 Gr...
06/30/2020
FCIR Documentary ‘Drowning by Sunrise’ Wins Four Prizes in 2020 Green Eyeshade Awards – Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

The FCIR documentary short "Drowning by Sunrise," produced in partnership with The Intercept, won four prizes in 2020 Green Eyeshade Awards, including Best in Division for Television.

The film investigated the death of a Black teenager who drowned in a canal following a police chase.

“Drowning by Sunrise,” a Florida Center for Investigative Reporting documentary short produced in partnership with The Intercept, won four prizes in the 2020 Green Eyeshade Awards — a contest open to news organizations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, N...

FCIR is attempting to track and measure the contraction of Florida news media as a result of the COVID-19 economic shutd...
04/07/2020
Help FCIR Track News Media Contractions in Florida – Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

FCIR is attempting to track and measure the contraction of Florida news media as a result of the COVID-19 economic shutdown. We will make all findings public. Our goal is to inform Floridians about how many news reporting positions have been lost in 2020, because a decrease in the number of journalists in Florida can have profound effects on civic life in the state.

Related Posts Thank You to Our Donors in 2019 January 2, 2020 FCIR-Supported Film Scheduled to Screen at Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival October 3, 2019

Ben Crump, a civil rights lawyer who has represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, accep...
01/07/2020
Civil Rights Lawyer Ben Crump Takes on Case Documented in ‘Drowning by Sunrise’ – Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

Ben Crump, a civil rights lawyer who has represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, accepted Damain Martin's case after watching the documentary short “Drowning by Sunrise,” which was produced by FCIR and The Intercept and raised questions about Martin's drowning and the police officer's use of a Taser.

Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump stands with Tequila Waters, whose son Damain Martin drowned in a canal following a police chase. (Photo by Jess Swanson.) By Jess Swanson Florida Center for Investigative Reporting After the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and The Intercept released “Drowni...

12/04/2019
The Intercept

Black teenager Damain Martin begged police for help as he drowned. They ruled his death an accident. This documentary, produced by FCIR and The Intercept, raises questions about the official narrative.

“If the officer tased Damain and then observed Damain jump in the water, and the officer just watched, not only would that be cruel, not only would that be inhumane, it could very well be illegal.” https://interc.pt/2Lnpki9

"Drowning by Sunrise," a documentary produced by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and The Intercept, inves...
12/04/2019
Drowning by Sunrise – Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

"Drowning by Sunrise," a documentary produced by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and The Intercept, investigates the death of a Florida teen following a police chase.

On March 8, Damain Martin drowned in a canal near Sunrise, Florida. Martin, who was 16 years old, was trying to escape the police officers who had spotted him and a group of friends in a car that was reported stolen. Although many of that afternoon’s events remain unclear, this much is known: A po...

A documentary short supported by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting will screen October 12 at the Double Exp...
10/03/2019
» FCIR-Supported Film Scheduled to Screen at Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival

A documentary short supported by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting will screen October 12 at the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival in Washington, D.C. The film, “Deepside,” is an investigation of the drowning death of a black teenager who was chased by police in South Florida.

A documentary short supported by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting will screen October 12 at the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival in Washington, D.C. Filmmakers Jess Swanson and Jason Fitzroy Jeffers.The film, “Deepside,” is an investigation of the drowning death of a bla...

90.7 WMFE
08/09/2019
90.7 WMFE

90.7 WMFE

Congrats to 90.7 WMFE environmental reporter Amy Green! She won first place in the state for her story about how the small community of Yankeetown, on Florida’s Gulf coast, has taken an unprecedented approach to sea-level rise.

It was produced in partnership with the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting in 2018 as part of an investigative series into climate change and state government inaction. Learn more:

Green's story goes in-depth about how the small community of Yankeetown, on Florida’s Gulf coast, has taken an unprecede...
08/02/2019
» Amy Green’s Climate Change Story Wins First Place at Sunshine State Awards

Green's story goes in-depth about how the small community of Yankeetown, on Florida’s Gulf coast, has taken an unprecedented approach to sea-level rise.

Amy Green’s Climate Change Story Wins First Place at Sunshine State Awards August 2, 2019Amy Green Amy Green, an environmental reporter for 90.7 WMFE in Orlando, took home first place in the public affairs category in the radio division of the 2019 Sunshine State Awards for her story “With Gover...

FCIR won two awards in the 2018 Florida Associated Press Professional Broadcasters Contest for stories featured in a col...
04/17/2019
» FCIR Radio Collaborations Win Florida AP Broadcasters Awards

FCIR won two awards in the 2018 Florida Associated Press Professional Broadcasters Contest for stories featured in a collaborative series with Florida public radio stations.

FCIR Radio Collaborations Win Florida AP Broadcasters Awards April 16, 2019Tristram Korten, Amy Green and Matthew Peddie spoke at a WMFE-FCIR event in February. (Photo by Isaac Babcock/WMFE.)The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting won two awards in the 2018 Florida Associated Press Profession...

A WMFE-FCIR project on climate change is a finalist in the series/franchise reporting category for the 2018 Florida Asso...
03/12/2019
90.7 WMFE FINALIST FOR FOUR FLORIDA AP AWARDS

A WMFE-FCIR project on climate change is a finalist in the series/franchise reporting category for the 2018 Florida Associated Press Professional Broadcasters Contest.

90.7 WMFE reporters are finalists in the hard news, investigative, series/franchise reporting and public affairs categories for the 2018 Florida Associated Press Professional Broadcasters Contest.

FCIR and WMFE participated in a panel discussion Feb. 21 about FCIR's climate change series, produced in partnership wit...
02/25/2019

FCIR and WMFE participated in a panel discussion Feb. 21 about FCIR's climate change series, produced in partnership with some of Florida's NPR member stations. If you missed it, you can watch the event video here: http://bit.ly/2H8lCrp

Thanks to everyone who joined us and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting for a conversation on climate change in Florida on Feb. 21 in our studio. If you missed it, you can watch the event video here: https://www.facebook.com/907news/videos/613555915774482/?t=393.

Parts of the talk will air on Intersection at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Tune to 90.7-FM or stream at wmfe.org.

Panelists were
- Amy Green, environmental reporter for 90.7 WMFE. She is the author of a forthcoming book on the Everglades

- Trevor Aaronson, executive director, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization supported by foundations and individual contributions

- Tristram Korten, journalist and author based in Miami. His book Into The Storm was published in 2018.

- Dr. Randall W. Parkinson, research associate professor, FIU Institute for Water and Environment

WMFE Intersection host Matthew Peddie moderated the talk.

Photos by Isaac Babcock

02/22/2019
90.7 WMFE

Last night, FCIR and WMFE sponsored a talk in Orlando about the climate change series FCIR produced last year in partnership with some of Florida's NPR member stations. The discussion included Matthew Peddie and Amy Green of WMFE, Trevor Aaronson and Tristram Korten of FCIR, and FIU scientist Randall Parkinson.

Watch live: Climate Change in Florida

The effects of hurricanes can last long after storms dissipate, particularly for Florida's most vulnerable residents.
12/28/2018
» More Than a Year After Hurricane Irma, Florida’s Most Vulnerable Residents Struggle to Recover

The effects of hurricanes can last long after storms dissipate, particularly for Florida's most vulnerable residents.

More than a year after Hurricane Irma, Alex Philippe still hasn’t recovered. (Photo by Matt Levin.) By Matt Levin Florida Center for Investigative Reporting Before Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida in September 2017, Alex Philippe worked 12-hour days at an ornamental plant company in Homeste...

12/19/2018
Unforgiven

Two years before Floridians passed Amendment 4, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting was calling attention to voter disenfranchisement. FCIR's documentary short, "Unforgiven," was distributed through state and national media.

Our journalism has impact. But as a nonprofit, we rely on individual donors to fund our work. If you donate this month, your tax-deductible contribution will be matched $ for $. Can we count on you?: http://bit.ly/fcir_donate

The unbridled growth and development in Four Corners, in Central Florida, offers a possible glimpse at Florida’s future....
12/14/2018
» People Pour Into Florida’s Four Corners. Can Wildlife and the Everglades Survive?

The unbridled growth and development in Four Corners, in Central Florida, offers a possible glimpse at Florida’s future.

This FCIR report was produced in partnership with WUSF Public Media.

By Steve Newborn Florida Center for Investigative Reporting Listen to Steve Newborn’s radio report on WUSF Public Media: FOUR CORNERS — Looking from atop the ridge at U.S. Highway 27 as it follows the sandy central spine of the state, you can see brand-new red roofs roll in waves down the hills ...

11/30/2018
Final Flight Into Hurricane Michael Captured Rare Data

Today is the last day of hurricane season. As part of our 2018 series on climate change, FCIR partnered with WLRN Public Radio and Television to send reporter Tristram Korten on the final Hurricane Hunter plane into Hurricane Michael -- an historic flight that provided rare data about tropical storms. http://bit.ly/2PgHULK

People who live on low incomes are among the most vulnerable to climate change, Kate Stein of WLRN reports as part of an...
11/14/2018
» Temperatures In Florida Are Rising. For Vulnerable Patients, The Heat Can Be Life-Threatening.

People who live on low incomes are among the most vulnerable to climate change, Kate Stein of WLRN reports as part of an FCIR series.

By Kate Stein Florida Center for Investigative Reporting On a hot day in September, Charlene Jones celebrated her 61st birthday by herself. The former nursing-home cook made herself a birthday dinner of turkey and dressing, macaroni and cheese, string beans and butter pound cake. She ate it alone, i...

A Hurricane Hunter entered the Category 4 storm just as it made landfall, giving scientists an unprecedented look at dat...
10/22/2018

A Hurricane Hunter entered the Category 4 storm just as it made landfall, giving scientists an unprecedented look at data from a tropical cyclone. An FCIR reporter was on the flight. http://bit.ly/2PgHULK

A Hurricane Hunter entered the Category 4 storm just as it made landfall, giving scientists an unprecedented look at dat...
10/21/2018
» Final Flight Into Hurricane Michael Captured Rare Storm Data

A Hurricane Hunter entered the Category 4 storm just as it made landfall, giving scientists an unprecedented look at data from a tropical cyclone. A reporter for FCIR was on the flight.

By Tristram Korten Florida Center for Investigative Reporting Shortly before noon on October 10, Lt. Col. Sean Cross and Maj. Dave Gentile, pilots with the U.S. Air Force Reserve, turned the nose of their WC-130J “Hurricane Hunter” toward the core of Hurricane Michael as it bore down on Florida....

The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation has joined this year's upcoming #NewsMatch fundraising campaign with a $250K contri...
10/18/2018

The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation has joined this year's upcoming #NewsMatch fundraising campaign with a $250K contribution! Funds will support the national match and provide local matches to 17 participating orgs, including the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting: https://goo.gl/HCWZQP

10/16/2018
"Unforgiven"

On Election day this year, voters will have an opportunity to vote on Amendment 4, called the "Voting Restoration Amendment."

FCIR is re-releasing the award-winning documentary short "Unforgiven" today to encourage the conversation about voter disenfranchisement in Florida.

You can support nonprofit journalism like this by donating to FCIR: https://fcir.org/donate/

The power plant's approval would benefit Florida Power and Light, Scott's largest corporate campaign donor and a company...
09/28/2018
» Rick Scott Won’t Vote on New FPL Power Plant Until After Election

The power plant's approval would benefit Florida Power and Light, Scott's largest corporate campaign donor and a company in which the governor has invested as much as $500,000.

By Deirdra Funcheon Florida Center for Investigative Reporting By cancelling a scheduled hearing this month, Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet avoided voting on a new power plant until after Election Day. Scott, who is term-limited as governor, is in a tight race against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson...

The emails illustrate the gun lobby's enormous influence within the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Servi...
09/28/2018
» Emails Show NRA Lobbyist’s Influence With Florida Gun Regulators

The emails illustrate the gun lobby's enormous influence within the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

By Andrew Perez MapLight A few months before Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam launched his Republican primary campaign for governor, his scheduler invited Marion Hammer, the National Rifle Association’s top lobbyist in the state, to meet with Putnam for coffee. First, Hammer asked for ...

The Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis spoke at a conference whose founder argues a devout Muslim "cannot be ...
09/17/2018
» Ron DeSantis Spoke at Anti-Muslim Conference in 2017

The Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis spoke at a conference whose founder argues a devout Muslim "cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America." FCIR obtained a recording of DeSantis' Q&A with conference attendees.

By Trevor Aaronson Florida Center for Investigative Reporting Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis spoke at a conference of an anti-Muslim extremist group in October 2017 whose founder argues devout Muslims cannot be loyal Americans. Media Partners Florida Today Fort Myers News-Press Naples...

Gov. Rick Scott and his wife have invested at least $18 million in three financial firms managing money for the state pe...
09/14/2018
» Rick Scott Invested in the Same Financial Firms As Florida’s Pension System

Gov. Rick Scott and his wife have invested at least $18 million in three financial firms managing money for the state pension system that Scott oversees.

By Andrew Perez and David Sirota Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his wife have invested at least $18 million in three financial firms managing money for the state’s pension system that Scott oversees — a situation that intertwines the governor’s personal finances with his responsibility for superv...

Everglades City’s recovery — now a year in the making — is a window into the future for coastal communities across Flori...
09/09/2018
» One Year After Irma, Everglades City Struggles to Rebuild

Everglades City’s recovery — now a year in the making — is a window into the future for coastal communities across Florida in a warming world. Gov. Rick Scott’s climate change policy of denial has left the state to focus after disasters on how to build rather than where to build.

Tina Collins examines where the floodwaters from Hurricane Irma came inside her home in Everglades City. (Photo by Amy Green.) By Amy Green Florida Center for Investigative Reporting Listen to Amy Green’s radio report on WMFE: EVERGLADES CITY – Three presidents have slept in Tina Collins’ home...

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