Ashley Lopez


Ashley Lopez is a reporter for WGCU News. A native of Miami, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree. 

Previously, Lopez was a reporter for Miami's NPR member station, WLRN-Miami Herald News. Before that, she was a reporter at The Florida Independent. She also interned for Talking Points Memo in New York City and WUNC in Durham, North Carolina. She also freelances as a reporter/blogger for the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

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Gay Marriage
10:18 am
Tue December 23, 2014

County Clerks Face Confusion Over Gay Marriage Ruling

Credit Ashley Lopez / WGCU

Despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, gay marriage may not be a done deal in Florida. That’s because county officials in charge of issuing marriage licenses are dealing with conflicting legal opinions.

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9:55 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Utilities Watchdog Raises Concerns About FPL's Fracking Investment

Credit Florida Power and Light

The state’s utilities regulator signed-off on a plan that allows FPL to charge its customers for a $190 million investment into a fracking project in Oklahoma. FPL’s representatives said this will save Floridians money in the long-run, but others have warned this decision sets a bad precedent.

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Florida Water And Land Legacy Amendment
9:35 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Environmentalists Worry Gov. Scott's Conservation Plan Might Hinder Amendment One

Credit Florida Fish and Wildlife / WGCU

Environmentalists are concerned Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to save taxpayer money might hinder land conversation efforts in the state.

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Southwest Airlines
11:44 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Southwest Airline Ground Workers Picket Ahead Of Holiday Travel

TWU Local 555 members protesting at RSW.
Credit Ashley Lopez / WGCU

Ahead of the holidays, ground-workers for Southwest Airlines want the company to end lengthy contract negotiations and raise wages. A small group of union members picketed at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers Tuesday.

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Gay Rights
5:58 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Appeals Court Denies State's Effort To Keep Gay Marriage Ban In Place

Credit Arlene Goldberg

A federal appeals court has denied the state’s motion to keep Florida’s gay marriage ban in place. This means gay marriages might start taking place in the Sunshine State as soon as early January.

A panel of judges at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s motion Wednesday asking a court to keep the state’s gay marriage ban in place.

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