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
11:42 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Makes Case For I-4 Wildlife Crossings

Biologists Guthrie & Smith identify vegetation in the median of I-4.

Imagine standing on the side of Interstate 4 trying to find an opportunity to cross as semi trucks whir by - only you don’t know exactly what these loud, fast monstrosities are, because in this scenario you are a bear. Maybe there’s a fresh food or water source on the other side of the highway, or you may have been evicted from your home territory by a bigger, stronger bear. Anyway, you’ve left the safety of the trees and have now come to face the dizzying bustle of the roadway.

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Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
10:49 am
Tue March 20, 2012

A Rough Weather Front For The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

In a special ongoing series, WFIT has been following the journey of a team of conservationists thru Florida. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition's mission is to connect natural and rural lands throughout the state, for the benefit of people and wildlife.

Along the first half of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition fair and mild weather prevailed. Recently, as the expedition passed a halfway point on the 1000 mile route, a bout of strong winds and rain storms made an inclement presence.

Coastal Connection
9:50 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman On WFIT's Coastal Connection

In this very special edition of Coastal Connection we are joined by Amy Goodman, award-winning independent journalist, and host of Democracy Now!, and Cammie Donaldson of the Space Coast Progressive Alliance.

As WFIT listeners have most likely heard, Amy Goodman will be in Melbourne for a speaking event this coming Friday, March 16, right here on the Florida Tech campus.

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Environment and Science
2:02 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Florida Wildlife Corridor: Conservation With Benefits

Why should conserving a tract of wild and rural areas stretching the length of Florida matter to people? The answer is multi-faceted: Agriculture, economics, water and recreation.

Agriculture is the second biggest economy in our state, next to tourism. Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition co-leader, Carlton Ward Jr., explains that this project depends on farms, ranches and other private lands to connect already designated conservation areas.

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Coastal Connection
1:42 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Fiddler On The Roof Makes A Coastal Connection On WFIT

Fiddler on the Roof brings to life the story of a father and his efforts to maintain his family and traditions, despite the outside world's infringement.  This timeless classic is coming to downtown Melbourne's own Henegar Center, March 9 through April 1.

On this edition of WFIT's Coastal Connection, director Joan Taddie, talks about this fabulous musical experience, which features a live orchestra and fiddler. Lead actor, Bruce Goldman, also joins the conversation about the role  he fell in love with.

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