WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
You Drive Public Radio - Make your donation now
CLOSEOpt Out: I already like WMFE!

Like us on Facebook!

Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by
StoryCorps Orlando Stories

Recent Study Shows Florida is 3rd worst State For An Impoverished Child

A recent study by  financial services company Wallet Hub ranks Florida the 3rd worst state in the US for impoverished children. According to the study, only Mississippi and the District of Columbia were ranked worse than Florida in economic and living conditions for underprivileged children. Florida also ranked fourth worst in economic well-being and health for impoverished children. However, other states fared worse than Florida in several categories, including the percentage of children in foster care, the percentage of children in single-parent families and the rate of infant death and child food insecurity. The research was based on three main categories: economic well-being, health, education and 16 sub categories. The Children’s Defense fund says that 16.1 million children in the United states are poor  and 7.1 million are extremely poor.
Read More »

Interior of a migrant labor camp residence, photo by Amy Kiley

Life in a Migrant Labor Camp in Central Florida

According to the state health department, about 200,000 migrant or seasonal workers help harvest crops in Florida annually. The federal government estimates they earn about $7,000 a year for a single worker or $10,000 for a family. That makes finding affordable housing difficult, and many are classified as homeless under federal law. To overcome this problem and attract needed workers, some employers build migrant labor camps. The state regulates more than 700 of them, housing about 34,000 people. Migrant laborers come to Polk County from October to May to harvest citrus, so county health inspectors are visiting camps now. 90.7’s Amy Kiley tagged along recently with inspectors Delmys Cerrato and John Cook. They toured the cramped, summer-camp-like units where workers …
Read More »

Support for WMFE is provided by


Too Late in Election Season to Redraw Maps, Legislator Says

Central Florida State Rep. Bryan Nelson says redrawing congressional districts now is the wrong approach. Lawmakers on Friday approved new maps during a special session in Tallahassee, after a judge ordered the districts redrawn. Nelson says the 2014 elections are too close. He says candidates have been campaigning for a year. He says absentee ballots already are cast, and redrawing the districts now will cost too much money. “This isn’t the way to do it. Let’s take our time, do it right and do it in 2016 and feel good about what we’ve done.” Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ruled two districts were drawn unlawfully to benefit Republicans. Both districts include Central Florida. The districts are represented by Republican …
Read More »

NPR News

What Makes A Nation Happy?

A group representing some of the world’s richest countries has created an interactive online tool that invites the public to rank 11 factors that contribute to happiness.
Read More »