Nicole Darden CrestonAll Things Considered 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. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, 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
The Broadway smash “Hamilton” is coming to Jacksonville for a three-week run beginning in late September. WMFE’s Nicole Darden Creston spoke with Jared Dixon, who plays the central character of Aaron Burr in the touring production. He says the musical and its subject matter reflect issues from the time of the Founding Fathers that carry through the present.
Governor Ron DeSantis will stop the flow of federal pandemic unemployment assistance to Florida residents as of Saturday. DeSantis is ending the supplemental $300 per week in benefits, two months before the federal program runs out. He says it’s because of all the job openings across the state. But economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind tells WMFE’s Nicole Darden Creston, it’s not that simple. Fishkind starts with a quick refresher on how the federal program works. Click Play Audio to hear their conversation.
The state of Florida’s case against the CDC over the cruise ship industry’s reopening protocols is unfolding in federal court. Florida is fighting the CDC’s Conditional Sailing Order for cruise lines, saying among other things that the restrictions cause irreparable harm to Florida’s economy. Economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind examines the state’s claims with WMFE’s Nicole Darden Creston, starting with a look at CDC guidelines. Click Play Audio to hear their conversation.
Job growth is picking up nationally in Central Florida’s biggest industry – leisure and hospitality – and economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind says that bodes well for our area’s recovery. Governor Ron DeSantis has decided that because of Florida’s many job openings, he’s ending the $300 dollars per week in federal pandemic unemployment payments two months early in an effort to force Floridians back to work. But Fishkind tells WMFE’s Nicole Darden Creston it’s not as simple as that. Click Play Audio to hear their conversation.
Tonight at the Orlando Museum of Art, one Sunshine State artist will be awarded the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, and the prestige – and the $20,000 prize – that goes with it.
The latest economic news points to a stronger economic rebound than expected with a surge of leisure travel and rising consumer spending. Economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind tells WMFE’s Nicole Darden Creston that hidden within those good economic tidings is even better news for Central Florida’s economy in particular. Click Play Audio to hear their conversation.
Florida’s April job gains jumped by nearly 17,000, but the unemployment rate also rose. To make things even more confusing, some restaurants and retailers say they’re finding it hard to hire the staff they need to fully reopen. Economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind untangles the numerical mystery with WMFE’s Nicole Darden Creston. He starts with a check-in on how many jobs we’ve recovered since the pandemic began. Click Play Audio to hear their conversation.