Renata Sago

Reporter

Renata Sago is WMFE's general assignment reporter and occasional Morning Edition anchor. She covers everything from major political campaigns and unemployment to civil rights legislation and the performing arts for WMFE and NPR.

Renata came to WMFE from WVIK in Rock Island, Illinois, where she was the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fellow. She hosted Morning Edition and All Things Considered, produced features, and reported on everything from same-sex marriage legislation to unemployment in the Quad Cities. She also created and produced Why, QC, WVIK's listener-driven weekly news segment.

The Chicago native began her career in public radio as an intern for Worldview, Chicago Public Radio’s daily global affairs program. She’s helped produce other programs for WBEZ and its sister station, Vocalo, including The Barber Shop Show and Afternoon Shift.
 

Renata received her Bachelors in International Relations from Brown University and a Master's in Political Science at Université des Antilles et de la Guyane in Guadeloupe.

The moments inside a courtroom in Orlando in 2007 were quick and consequential for Marquis McKenzie. The 16-year-old stood handcuffed behind a lectern. A juvenile judge announced his charges, then apologized that he could no longer take up the case.

"You're being direct filed," he told McKenzie, who was accused of armed robbery over a cellphone and a wallet. "You understand what I'm saying? You're being charged as an adult now."

McKenzie remembers his mother wailing from the courtroom benches, begging the judge to reconsider.

While the race at the top of the ballot between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton consumes the nation's attention, a series of consequential district attorney races around the country could reshape the criminal justice system from the ground up.

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At one end of Orlando's Fashion Square mall, between a karate store and a comic book emporium, is a clothing boutique called Verona. It's stocked with long-sleeved caftans, full-length slit-less skirts, and more than 300 varieties of hijabs. Inside, women peruse through racks of garments they once could only find online.

When Florida voters go to vote on March 15, the state's voting machines may once again be in the spotlight.

Back in 2000, the nation's most spectacular elections meltdown took place in Florida thanks to the infamous paper butterfly ballots, ancient voting machines and poorly trained poll workers. The ensuing chaos led to a massive recount, a Supreme Court battle and a narrow victory for George W. Bush.

In the Cabinet meeting room of the Florida Capitol building, there are plenty of shaky legs and fidgety hands as the state's clemency board, whose chairman is Gov. Rick Scott, sits down.

Four times a year, ex-felons in Florida petition to get their civil rights restored, including the right to vote.

Among the former felons in the room is Justin (NPR is withholding his last name at his request), who drove seven hours for a five-minute chance to make his case. He waits in the back of the room, clutching an Expando file full of court papers that date back to one mistake.

Get Covered Illinois

Local groups want to help uninsured residents of the Illinois Quad Cities sign up for health care. The second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act has begun, and counselors are available.

UnityPoint Health Trinity in Rock Island is scheduling appointments through the February 15th deadline. Spokeswoman, Linaka Kain, says the goal is to let people know their options.  

A group called The Project of the Quad Cities in Moline also has counselors on hand to help people sign up for health insurance. 

UnityPoint Health

Uninsured residents of the Illinois Quad Cities can get help signing up for health care. Today and tomorrow, local groups are holding events to kick off the second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act.

Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau

Why does the Mississippi River flow east to west through the Quad Cities, instead of north to south?

WVIK

It's a rare sight on a Friday afternoon. A school library in Davenport is packed with third, fourth, and fifth grade boys. 

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