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
1:55 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Local Expedition Connects Land And People

Participants gather at Lake Washington for the St. Johns River paddle.

The Brevard Wildlife Corridor Expedition's St. Johns River kayak paddle launched at Lake Washington in Melbourne. More about the paddle and the expedition here.

Brevard County's outdoor enthusiasts will have many opportunities to explore the county's natural areas during the first ever Brevard Wildlife Corridor Expedition, through April 21st. During the expedition local conservationists will lead participants on a series of outdoor excursions throughout the Space Coast. Organizers hope to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the county's natural places.

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Environment and Science
9:26 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Palm Bay Scrub Jays Get New Lease On Life

A captured scrub jay bites its handler. Notice the identification bands on the jays legs. Each jay gets a unique color and number sequence.
Credit Vince Lamb

Recently, some Brevard County residents received a letter notifying them that some of their neighborhood birds were about to be captured and relocated to a conservation area. Partners in this effort - Brevard Zoo and state and federal wildlife services - say the move will be beneficial to the birds. For Florida scrub jays life in the suburbs is not always easy. 

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Environment and Science
9:38 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Florida Campaign Gathers Signatures For Future Of Land Protection

Vince Lamb attracts a Florida scrub jay with a handful of peanuts. Lamb monitors populations of these threatened birds for Brevard County's Environmentally Endangered Lands program.

In recent years conservation funding in Florida has been cut by 97.5%. A coalition of volunteers has been busy collecting signatures across the state, in an attempt to get that funding back. The citizens and environmental groups behind this petition drive will need about a million signatures if the measure - known as Florida’s Water and Land Legacy amendment - is to make it to the 2014 ballot.

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International Student Spotlight
1:14 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Ethiopian Student Spotlight

Arsema Mulugeta Assefa is one of just a few Ethiopian students who make up the larger international student body at Florida Tech.

Some highlights from Arsema's interview follow.

On why she wanted to come to the U.S. and how she plans to return to Ethiopia:

"For me personally, it was to do with the amount of freedom, and I was able to pursue what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be here. But most people leave (Ethiopia) and don't come back, and that's not my intention. I actually want to go back, make a difference in my country."

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Space Science
10:42 am
Tue July 24, 2012

TEDx ISU Speakers Unite Art And Science For ‘Open Source Space’

A full house at the Gleason Center.

A crowd of around 500 - leaders from the Space industry, participants of the International Space University program, or ISU, personnel from Florida Tech, NASA and other local Space Companies, as well as the general public - gathered this summer at the Gleason Center for the Performing Arts, on Campus at Florida Tech. The audience came to hear from speakers at the first TEDx event resulting from collaboration between the ISU, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and the Florida Institute of Technology.

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