Joe Hernandez

WHYY

Joe Hernandez covers South Jersey for WHYY.

He previously worked at WNYC, as a producer on the local news desk and at The Takeaway, WNYC and PRI's morning drive show. His work has appeared on NPR, the Columbia Journalism Review, and NJ Spotlight.

Joe Hernandez appears in the following:

Closing arguments begin in the trial of 3 men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery

Monday, November 22, 2021

Travis McMichael, his father, Greg, and William 'Roddie' Bryan have all been charged with Arbery's murder. The high-profile shooting helped spark protests for racial justice in the summer of 2020.

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80 people stormed a California Nordstrom store and stole merchandise

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Police in Walnut Creek said they arrested three people in connection with the incident at the luxury department store, including one person allegedly in possession of a gun.

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COVID in the U.S. update: Disney's vaccine mandate, boosters, a startling death toll

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Disney has paused its vaccine mandate for Walt Disney World employees after a new Florida law barring workplace vaccine mandates. Meanwhile, new discussion on the definition of "fully vaccinated."

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Michigan city will require all public restrooms to carry free menstrual products

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Some U.S. states and cities make menstrual products available for free at certain locations, but Ann Arbor says it's the first jurisdiction to require them in all public restrooms.

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How you can see the nearly total lunar eclipse Friday morning

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

It will be the second and final eclipse of the year. West Coast night owls and East Coast early risers could catch the peak of the cosmic event.

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Travis McMichael says in his murder trial that he felt threatened by Ahmaud Arbery

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

"I want to give my side of the story," McMichael testified, saying the defendants chased Arbery because there had been break-ins in the area and at one point Arbery grabbed McMichael's shotgun.

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An Australian zoo acquires a venomous, fanged 'megaspider' and is searching for more

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The Australian Reptile Park wants to find the anonymous donor of the megaspider, which may lead them to an area with more unusually large arachnids that could boost the zoo's antivenom program.

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Heavy rains bring flooding and mudslides to the Pacific Northwest and Canada

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a severe weather state of emergency for 14 counties in the western part of the state. Oregon and British Columbia also saw extreme flooding and high winds.

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Harvard's 148-year-old student newspaper gets its first Latina president

Monday, November 15, 2021

Raquel Coronell Uribe, a history and literature major from Miami, calls the role a "huge" honor: "Even if it took 148 years, I'm thrilled that I get to be in the position to be that first person."

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A pair of bald eagles was caught on video entangled on a Minnesota street

Friday, November 12, 2021

The two birds writhed around together on a residential street for minutes, unable to separate themselves from each other. They reportedly flew away unharmed without police intervention.

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A 105-year-old runner created a new age bracket for the 100m — and set the record

Friday, November 12, 2021

Julia "Hurricane" Hawkins crossed the finish line in 1:02:95. "It was wonderful to see so many family members and friends. But I wanted to do it in less than a minute," she said.

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Toyota to ramp up production after cutbacks driven by the COVID-19 pandemic

Friday, November 12, 2021

The Japanese automaker announced it expects to build 800,000 vehicles globally next month, up from the roughly 760,000 it made last December.

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An Uber fee unfairly impacts riders with disabilities, a DOJ lawsuit says

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Federal prosecutors say the company hasn't modified its "wait time" policy to help riders with disabilities. Uber says it now waives fees for riders who certify that they're disabled.

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A solar firm owner is sentenced to 30 years over a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

According to prosecutors, Jeff Carpoff and others used "Ponzi-like circular payments" to pay older investors with newer investors' money as the company's losses mounted.

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COP26 sees pledges to transition to electric vehicles, but key countries are mum

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The agreements were hailed as a major step toward decarbonizing the auto industry, but the world's largest auto markets, including the U.S., and top carmakers failed to sign on.

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Prosecutors in Rittenhouse trial rest their case, but face questions about strategy

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Legal experts say the jury's verdict could come down to how well the prosecution made its central argument that Rittenhouse was the aggressor and not just acting in self-defense, as he claims.

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A study links facing discrimination at a young age with future mental health issues

Monday, November 08, 2021

And the risks may be cumulative. UCLA researchers found that those who faced more incidents of discrimination had an even higher risk of future health problems.

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NFL denies telling Aaron Rodgers vaccinated people couldn't get or spread COVID-19

Monday, November 08, 2021

The Green Bay Packers quarterback is not vaccinated, but previously said he was "immunized." An NFL spokesman said no doctor for the league ever communicated with Rodgers about the vaccine.

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A girl was rescued by police after she used a distress signal popularized on TikTok

Sunday, November 07, 2021

A campaign called the "Signal for Help" spread across social media in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic as a way for domestic abuse victims to seek help using a nonverbal cue.

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Kenya's Albert Korir and Peres Jepchirchir have won the New York City Marathon

Sunday, November 07, 2021

The iconic 26.2-mile trek through all five of the city's boroughs returned in person on Sunday after it was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

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