Team Members

Bernadette is a member of the news team. After participating in the 2021 Black History Month listen-in, she decided to become a part of WSLR. She deeply enjoys the process of curating news stories and believes it has contributed to her staying informed about local and statewide issues. Bernadette is a local high school student […]

Basil Pursley [he/they] is a News Intern at WSLR. They are a student at New College of Florida who is studying Media and Culture. He is interested in entertainment, theme parks, and exploring economic equality.

  John is former Rhode Islander who moved, with his wife, to Lakewood Ranch three years ago. He’s a retired school psychologist and Catholic school principal who also spent his weekends as a radio and mobile DJ. He continues to dj in the area as well as volunteering at his church, Habitat for Humanity, Tidewell […]

Rhiannon Hanlon is a WSLR News Intern and a student at New College of Florida, studying sociology and philosophy. Their interest in journalism spawned at a young age after watching their grandfather’s work in local organizing, and continues through their work with WSLR and their studies.

David Brain started out to be an architect until an interest in urban issues drew him to a Ph.D. in sociology.  He is a professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, and directs the Urban Studies program at New College of Florida. David’s research and teaching interests focus on the connections between place-making, community-building, and civic engagement, […]

Originally from Argentina, Mariano Vera has worked with La Prensa in Buenos Aires, Crónica Newspaper in Washington D.C. He has had radio shows in National Public Radio in Buenos Aires, Bowie, Maryland, and now Sarasota, Florida. He is currently the producer of “Nuestra Música” (Our Music) a show that highlights music from Latin America, Spain, […]

Sophia Brown is from Lutz, FL, and is currently studying English at New College. She’s  also the editor in chief of New College’s student-run newspaper, The Catalyst. Her interest in print journalism is what initially drew her into WSLR+Fogartyville, but she also has a growing passion for public radio and the kind of community building […]

Stan Zimmerman is a writer, editor and broadcaster with 47 years of experience. He reported in Florida, Washington, DC and 10 countries, published four books, and regularly lectures on Florida history. He won election to the Sarasota County Charter Review Board, the Congressional Periodical Press Gallery governing board and the Sarasota Sailing Squadron board of […]

I’m 16 years old, and I am born and raised in Sarasota! I love reading, baking and ceramics. One of my extra curricular activities is horseback riding, and I’m very happy to be a new addition the WSLR news team!

Lev is the part-time office manager at WSLR+Fogartyville, happy to support and bolster WSLR+Fogartyville in any way he can. Lev was born and raised in Sarasota, and feels so grateful and inspired to be so involved in his hometown community, with an organization that aligns with his own values of peace, justice, and community involvement through […]

John is former Rhode Islander who moved, with his wife, to Lakewood Ranch three years ago. He’s a retired school psychologist and Catholic school principal who also spent his weekends as a radio and mobile DJ. He continues to dj in the area as well as volunteering at his church, Habitat for Humanity, Tidewell Hospice […]

Lee (he/they pronouns) is the office assistant at WSLR + Fogartyville. He is a student at New College of Florida, and studies Creative Writing and Humanities. Their interests include community building, databases, and expanding diversity in entertainment.

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