Michelle Z Walker

Content & Production Specialist

Michelle was born and raised in sunny Florida. Before joining the WFIT team, she spent time living and working nomadically in remote locations across the country. She has zigzagged the U.S. traveling out to the redwood forests of California, over to the tip of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire and many places in-between.

Eventually Michelle found her way back to Florida. She wandered into WFIT one fateful day, beginning her career at the station as a volunteer. She was thrilled to join the staff in early 2011. During this time, she began producing WFIT’s International Student Spotlight, an ongoing series dedicated to celebrating college campus diversity. Working with the students on this series has provided Michelle with glimpses into cultures of such far flung places as Ethiopia, Brazil, India, China, Saudi Arabia and Trinidad. Her work on this series earned WFIT a 2011 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) award in audiovisual communication.

Another highlight of Michelle’s career at WFIT was her coverage of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. She hiked along with expedition members at different points throughout their journey, back country camping and experiencing wild Florida.

Michelle has fallen in love with the creative storytelling process and looks for any opportunity to evolve as a reporter/producer. In 2012 she was selected among ten other up-and-coming public radio reporters to participate in Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) reporter training at WHYY in Philadelphia. She also regularly participates in NPR training webinars.

Michelle has a passion for traveling and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors.

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Environment and Science
11:02 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Slideshow: Expeditions Team Up For Conservation Paddle

Joe Guthrie, Mallory Dimmit, Justin Riney and Carlton Ward Jr. with their gear loaded up, ready to launch into upper Fisheating Creek.
Carlton Ward Jr. CarltonWard.com

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team recently came together with Expedition Florida 500's Justin Riney to paddle the length of Fisheating Creek - a tributary to Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades - in an effo

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Environment and Science
3:33 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Florida Supreme Court Approves Conservation Amendment

Update to a previous WFIT feature:

In recent years conservation funding in Florida has been cut by 97.5%. A coalition of volunteers spent the last several months collecting signatures across the state, in an attempt to return funding. The citizens and environmental groups behind this petition drive needed about a million signatures for the measure - known as Florida’s Water and Land Legacy amendment - to make it to the 2014 ballot. The Florida Supreme Court has just agreed that it satisfies legal requirements for placement on the ballot. The Water and Land Conservation amendment is the first constitutional amendment to be approved by the Supreme Court for the 2014 ballot, according to Florida’s Water and Land Legacy, the amendment’s sponsor.

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WFIT Features
2:55 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Expedition Florida 500 At Melbourne's Ballard Park

Expedition Florida 500's Justin Riney (foreground).

The State of Florida is celebrating 500 years of history, since the arrival of explorer Juan Ponce de León in 1513. Expedition Florida 500 is a modern-day excursion that derives its name from this historic milestone. Unlike Ponce de Leon, Expedition Florida 500 front man, Justin Riney, isn’t looking for new land to settle, rather to clean up, restore and protect Florida’s shorelines and waterways. He launched in Pensacola and has journeyed the state’s coastlines, engaging the public as he goes.

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Environment And Science
11:40 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Florida Black Bears And Roadways: A Closer Look

National Geographic’s Crittercam is a research tool designed to be worn by wild animals. It records video for a unique look from the wearer’s perspective. This technology has gathered film from the viewpoints of different wildlife species all across the globe. Now it’s a Florida black bear’s turn. 


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Environment and Science
10:54 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Florida Wildlife Corridor Film: Vision Of A Connected Land

Carlton Ward Jr., Elam Stolzfus, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Joe Guthrie speak to a packed auditorium at the West Palm Photographic Center premier of the film.

Last year four explorers took an epic journey through the Florida outdoors. They traveled the entire length of the state to raise public awareness for the Florida Wildlife Corridor, a vision to connect what remains of the natural lands and waterways of Florida's interior. Expedition members documented the journey through photography, social media updates, special events along the way and a documentary film. It's called Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to Okefenokee, and is now showing on public television stations throughout the state.

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