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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Sports
1:38 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Former Panther Tim Wakefield Returns to Florida Tech

Red Sox Pitcher Tim Wakefield, who played for the Panthers from 1986-88, will return to Florida Institute of Technology for a special pre-game ceremony prior to the season-opening doubleheader against Claflin University. At the conclusion of the ceremony, he will throw out the season’s first pitch.

Wakefield was selected team MVP his sophomore and junior seasons as a first baseman at Florida Tech. He still holds the school record for career home runs with 40, and set single-season marks in 1987 with 22 home runs and 71 RBIs.

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Coastal Connection
1:16 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Coastal Connection's Spotlight On This Weekend’s Melbourne and Beaches Music Marathon

February 4th & 5th

Looking for a healthy and exciting outing this weekend? Join in the fun of the Melbourne and Beaches Music Marathon. It’s an event with varied opportunities for individuals and families, including 5k and 8k races, a hand cycle race, full and half marathons, with more than twenty musical acts along the courses. Activities for children include a free kids run with a very special guest leading the way.

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Environment and Science
1:47 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

From The Florida Wildlife Corridor Project: Protecting Habitat For Florida’s Large Mammals

Florida Black Bear, Highlands County
Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. http://www.floridawildlifecorridor.org/

Black bears and panthers are two of Florida’s imperiled wildlife species. Both are facing a daunting obstacle to their survival: habitat fragmentation caused by development like roadways, subdivisions and shopping malls. By isolating habitats, human expansion jeopardizes genetic diversity in wildlife populations. Disease and hereditary defects are often the result.

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Station Announcement
10:24 am
Wed January 25, 2012

International Students: WFIT Wants To Share Your Story

Florida Tech has a diverse student body with enrollment from over one hundred different countries.

WFIT’s International Student Spotlight is an ongoing series created to celebrate individuals from across the globe.

Nature and the Environment
8:30 am
Fri January 20, 2012

WFIT Covers The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

http://www.floridawildlifecorridor.org/

On January 17, four conservationists embark on a 1000 mile expedition to raise awareness about the Florida Wildlife Corridor opportunity area.

Photojournalist Carlton Ward Jr., bear biologist Joe Guthrie, conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus will navigate through waterways, wetlands, farmlands and forests, making their way from the Everglades toward Okefenokee National Forest in southern Georgia.

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