The City tells true stories of how power works in urban America. Season 1 begins in Chicago, 1990. After years of disinvestment, highways are rebuilt, old buildings demolished, new skyscrapers erected. All that rubble has to go somewhere, and its destination isn’t a landfill—it’s a pair of vacant lots in a West Side neighborhood called North Lawndale. The man behind this operation is an intimidating man and underworld connections. What follows is a tour de force through Chicago’s underbelly and a critical look at how decision really get made in the city. View the site
For almost two years I researched the ins and outs of the death penalty in Florida. In this documentary for WLRN News, I looked at how changes to the state’s death penalty made by the Florida Supreme Court impacted people directly connected to Death Row. Cell 1 looks at what the resulting state of limbo meant for the 384 people on Death Row, their families and the victims’ families. View the site
WLRN's youth radio program mentors and trains student interns through the process of producing professional news features for radio broadcast. This includes formulating a story pitch, reporting, research, identifying and interviewing sources, writing for radio, and mixing basic audio elements. WLRN Youth Radio Institute is part of Urgent, Inc.’s FACE Summer Youth Training Employment Program. View the site
Money in U.S. politics was once a straightforward thing, but we're now in the era of dark money. The dollars changing hands run well into the billions, and corporations and hedge fund moguls spend freely behind a veil of secrecy. This story for Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting, takes at the look at the intricate dance of cash, candidates and environmentalists unfolding in Florida's Democratic race. View the site
This series, a version of which ran on NPR, looks at the nearly 1 million Floridians who fell into the healthcare coverage gap. These individuals made too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but too much money to get assistance through the healthcare exchanges set up through the Affordable Care Act. Florida was one of several states that did not expand their Medicaid programs to cover these individuals. A collaboration with Daniel Change at the Miami Herald, we followed one person’s attempt to get healthcare while in this gap. View the site
Presidential races and debates in Florida, surviving Hurricanes and recovering from them, affording an apartment in Miami, navigating homelessness in Florida, understanding what it means to be incarcerated, celebrating Cuban sodas, hunting Gators and puppet poetry - just some of the things covered for WLRN.
Wilson Sayre is a reporter and producer based in Raleigh, NC.
Previously, she was lead reporter for The City podcast from USA Today. Before that she covered issues of homelessness, housing and criminal justice at WLRN, Miami's NPR affiliate. There, she founded the station's youth radio program.
Her work has aired on shows like NPR, Reveal, Marketplace and The World. Her work has been recognized by the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize and national Edward R. Murrow Awards.
A native of North Carolina, she enjoys playing banjo and gardening.