Renata Sago

Renata joined the WVIK News team in March 2014, as the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fellow. She anchors during Morning Edition and All Things Consideredproduces features, and reports on everything from same-sex marriage legislation to unemployment in the Quad Cities. 

Renata fell into public radio after spending two years in France and Guadeloupe. She got her start as an intern for Worldview, a global affairs program that airs on WBEZ, Chicago's NPR member station. There, she produced a variety of segments covering politics and culture. She later joined Vocalo as a producer for two weekly programs.

Renata is Chicago native and a graduate of Brown University and Universite des Antilles et de la Guyane. 

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Florida has more than 41,191 pending immigration court proceedings underway.

The more than 43 million passengers traveling through Orlando International Airport each year will now have access to free CPR training. The American Heart Association debuted its first hands-only CPR kiosk there Wednesday.

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A record 43.1 million passengers passed through Orlando International Airport in the past year. The latest data show domestic travel climbed 5.95 percent, with more than 37 million people moving through the airport. International traffic also grew to 5.7 million passengers, a 4.45 percent increase from a year ago.

Less than six months into state attorney Aramis Ayala’s term, the Legislature voted to cut $1.3 million from her budget and she says that decision is having an impact on her office's ability to fight human trafficking.

The move came after Ayala announced she would not pursue the death penalty, and after Gov. Rick Scott subsequently reassigned two dozen ninth circuit murder cases to fifth circuit state attorney, Bradley King.

The dispute between Governor Rick Scott and Orange-Osceola state attorney Aramis Ayala over the death penalty advances to state Supreme Court Wednesday morning with oral arguments. Attorneys for both sides will have twenty minutes to argue whether it was legal for Governor Scott to take two dozen murder cases from Ayala’s office and reassign them to fifth circuit prosecutor Brad King.

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A Pulse remembrance ceremony drew thousands of people to Lake Eola in downtown Orlando on Monday night. Among them were survivors of the shooting, as well as their loved ones. 

This week, sheriffs across Florida publicly challenged the Department of Homeland Security for singling out agencies it says won’t help enforce immigration law. Meanwhile, sheriff’s offices are accusing DHS of misleading the public in a request, citing the agency for making requests that would violate people’s civil rights.

Here’s a short explanation of what’s happening:

State lawmakers are proposing to cut the budget for Orange and Osceola State Attorney’s office by $1.3 million and twenty-one positions.

Republican Rep. Scott Plakon of Longwood is steering the effort as part of the House Judiciary Appropriations Subcommittee, which released a draft of the budget on Monday.

“We thought that if she’s not going to do part of her job, basically, that we would withhold some of that money pending on what the governor does and so forth,” Plakon said in a phone interview.

color:#333333">A school devoted to teaching toddlers who are deaf and have difficulty hearing will open its doors Wednesday in Winter Park.


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Fifty people, including the gunman, died in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016, and Florida gun control advocates hoped lawmakers would be compelled to propose stricter gun laws. They urged a special legislative session.

When Florida voters go to vote on March 15, the state's voting machines may once again be in the spotlight.

Back in 2000, the nation's most spectacular elections meltdown took place in Florida thanks to the infamous paper butterfly ballots, ancient voting machines and poorly trained poll workers. The ensuing chaos led to a massive recount, a Supreme Court battle and a narrow victory for George W. Bush.