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Tim Padgett

Tim Padgett is the Americas editor for Miami NPR affiliate WLRN, covering Latin America, the Caribbean and their key relationship with South Florida. He has reported on Latin America for almost 30 years - for  Newsweek as its Mexico City bureau chief from 1990 to 1996, and for  Time as its Latin America bureau chief in Mexico and Miami (where he also covered Florida and the U.S. Southeast) from 1996 to 2013.

Padgett has interviewed more than 20 heads of state, from Brazil to Mexico, and he was one of the few U.S. correspondents to sit down with the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. He has covered every major Latin American and Caribbean story from the end of the Central American civil wars of the 1980s to NAFTA and the Colombian guerrilla conflict of the 1990s; to the Brazilian boom, the Venezuelan revolution and Mexican drug war carnage of the 2000s; to the current normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations.

In 2005, Padgett received Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize, the oldest international award in journalism, for his body of work from the region. In 2016 he won a national Edward R. Murrow award for the radio series "The Migration Maze," about the brutal causes of - and potential solutions to - Central American migration. His 1993  Newsweek cover, “Cocaine Comes Home,” won the Inter-American Press Association’s drug coverage award.

Padgett is an Indiana native and a graduate of Wabash College. He received a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School before studying in Caracas, Venezuela, at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. He started his career at the Chicago Sun-Times, where he led the paper's coverage of the 1986 immigration reform.Padgett has also written for publications such as The New Republic and  America andhas been a frequent analyst on CNN, Fox and NPR, as well as Spanish-language networks such as Univision.

Padgett has been an adult literacy volunteer and is a member of the Catholic anti-poverty organization St. Vincent de Paul. He currently lives in Miami with his wife and two children. 

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  • On Saturday, Florida reported the highest single-day number of new COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic. On Sunday, Florida had the highest single-day number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients since the beginning of the pandemic.Governor Ron DeSantis, Friday announced plans for a new executive order barring schools from requiring mask-wearing.Sarasota Memorial Hospital is no long allowing visitors and NCH announced Friday it will require all staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 16.Manatee County officials announced another confirmed COVID-19 death among county staff. An outbreak in June forced the closure of the Manatee County Administration building.A nationwide moratorium on evictions that was put in place amid the pandemic expired Sunday, July 31, and the AP reports, Florida received $870 million in federal funds to help renters who've struggled to keep up with rent payments, but has only distributed 2% of that money.
  • With more than 500 anti-government protesters believed locked up in Cuba, President Biden is looking to help families there without helping the regime.
  • Haiti's National Police chief said his forces had engaged the alleged assassins of President Jovenel Moïse in the same neighborhood where the murder occurred.
  • Search and rescue efforts continue in Surfside, just north of Miami Beach, after the partial collapse of a 12-story building early Thursday morning.
  • Last year left little doubt climate change is spawning more and stronger hurricanes – and left aid agencies feeling more challenged as a new season starts.
  • Haitian community groups in Florida have sent Joe Biden 10 issues to address if he's elected President — and they want to talk with him about it before the vote.
  • State health officials reported 4,555 new cases of COVID-19, Thursday, increasing the statewide total to 588,602 cases. Aug. 20 marked the fifth consecutive day health officials have reported fewer than 5,000 new cases in a day.The Florida Department of Health also reported 119 new coronavirus-related deaths, Thursday, bringing the statewide death toll over the 10,000-fatality threshold with 10,186 total deaths. Thursday marked the 15th consecutive day that health officials reported at least 100 deaths.
  • State health officials reported 9,440 new cases of COVID-19, Tuesday, increasing Florida's total to 369,834 cases. The Florida Department of Health also reported 134 coronavirus-related deaths, yesterday, bringing the statewide death toll to 5,206 fatalities.Tuesday marked the 28th consecutive day that Florida experienced a single-day increase of at least 5,000 new cases.
  • Sunday marked the fifth consecutive day Florida health officials reported single-day increases of more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19. The Florida Department of Health reported 1,419 new cases of the coronavirus, yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 63,938 confirmed cases.State Health officials also reported 12 new coronavirus-related deaths, Sunday, increasing the statewide death toll to 2,700 fatalities, including 1,338 deaths in long-term care facilities.