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Florida Matters: Top News Stories of 2016


As 2016 winds down, we’re taking another listen to some of the best news stories we discussed on Florida Matters throughout the year.

Our “Year in Review” begins with the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in January. We remember the disaster, and take a look at some of the lessons learned from Challenger.

We also discuss the end of the Tampa Tribune. The 123 year-old newspaper was purchased by the Tampa Bay Times on May 3, and was promptly shutdown.

As part of our “Newsmaker” series, we hear from Florida’s new House Speaker Richard Corcoran about what some of his priorities are for the new year.

We reflect on the Pulse Nightclub Massacre, the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. On June 12, Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others inside the LGBT nightclub in Orlando.

This summer you couldn’t turn on the news in Florida without hearing about the Zika Virus. The state’s recently declared there are no longer any Zika transmission zones left. But we take a look back to August, when officials started advising pregnant women to stay away from parts of Miami.

We explore the Opt-Out Movement, a new wrinkle in education, which is often a key campaign issue in Florida.

Finally, we examine how fake news and social media impacted the 2016 presidential election.

Listen to the full episodes by clicking on the links below:

·         Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster, 30 Years Later

·         The End of the Tampa Tribune

·         The Orlando Nightclub Massacre

·         Newsmaker: House Speaker Designee Richard Corcoran

·         Zika in Florida

·         Political Issues

·         Social Media, Fake News and Politics

I cover health care for WUSF and the statewide journalism collaborative Health News Florida. I’m passionate about highlighting community efforts to improve the quality of care in our state and make it more accessible to all Floridians. I’m also committed to holding those in power accountable when they fail to prioritize the health needs of the people they serve.
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Health News Florida reporter Abe Aboraya works for WMFE in Orlando. He started writing for newspapers in high school. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2007, he spent a year traveling and working as a freelance reporter for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Weekly, and working for local news websites in the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently Abe worked as a reporter for the Orlando Business Journal. He comes from a family of health care workers.