Nicole Darden-CrestonMorning Edition Host and Reporter
Nicole came to central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from national elections to local arts, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy. When local issues have received international attention, Nicole has reported worldwide for TV news outlets such as CNN, HLN, ABC, Fox News Channel, and BBC News 24.
When she’s off duty, Nicole can often be found performing with one of Central Florida’s many theatre companies, or taking in local arts, culture and music.
Recent Stories from Nicole Darden-Creston
Valencia College has announced the launch of a degree program in Musical Theatre, and prospective students have less than a week to turn in their applications.
90.7 WMFE News is rolling out a series about open records, how to access public information, and what people can learn from a public records request. The series is built around what’s called “Sunshine Week.” Let’s start with the basics – what is “Sunshine Week”?
Sales of existing homes tumbled in January nationwide, falling 3.2 percent compared with December and down by 4.8 percent from January 2017. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says this seems very surprising since interest rates are low, job growth is strong, and home prices have rebounded above their prior peak in 2005. So, what’s behind the lower numbers?
Debate has erupted over U.S. immigration policy after President Trump’s reported use of derogatory language during his rejection of a bipartisan proposal for immigration reform last week. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind examines immigration from an economic perspective.
The newly passed Tax Cut and Jobs Act is widely expected to stimulate economic growth modestly this year. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says the measure will also likely bring another population boost to central Florida. He explains what factors may lead to that outcome.
Tourism is one of Florida’s most important financial sectors. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says the 2018 legislative session will bring new questions about how to draw more visitors to the Sunshine State, and how to spend the Tourism Development Tax.
For the month of December, “Spotlight” is bringing you StoryCorps interviews from Central Florida’s arts and culture scene. Today, we hear from two members of the Threshold Choir of Leesburg, a Central Florida musical ministry with a unique mission.
Orlando restaurant critic Scott Joseph reviews Nikki’s Place.
The tax cut plan now moving through Congress would cut both business and individual taxes as part of the biggest overhaul of that system in 30 years. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind looks at how the plan will affect households here in Florida.
The lack of affordable housing affects communities across the U.S. and particularly here in Central Florida. Local leaders have been working to develop new plans and policies in a series of workshops. 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind takes a look at which plans are already in the works, and which are in the discussion phase.