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Wilkine Brutus

Wilkine Brutus is a multimedia journalist for WLRN, South Florida's NPR, and a member of Washington Post/Poynter Institutes 2019 Leadership Academy. A former Digital Reporter for The Palm Beach Post, Brutus produces enterprise stories on topics surrounding people, community innovation, entrepreneurship, art, culture, and current affairs.

Brutus is also the podcast host of A Boat A Voyage, a 5-episode journey inside the mind of his Haitian mother's refugee experience. After amassing millions of views on his YouTube channel, particularly during his 5-year stint in South Korea, he was eventually invited to speak at Twitter Headquarters for Scripps Howard School's symposium on digital media, alongside Google Ventures, Bloomberg, Ebony Magazine, and LinkedIn. He's also a 2018 member of Poynter Institute's Power of Diverse Voices. And he was a scheduled speaker at SXSW 2020 for the Media & Journalism convergence track.

In 2016, he was the star of an international viral video about the nature of human touch; republished by the New York Post, the video, shot in Jeju Island, South Korea, currently sits at 6 million views on Facebook. The video encapsulated his "human interconnectedness" theme on his YouTube channel.

Other appearances include the Philadelphia Inquirer, WHYY(NPR affiliate), WPTV NewsChannel 5, the Karen Hunter Show on SiriusXM, The Decision podcast with Alex Kapelman, MTV, BET, Ebony Magazine, Miami New Times, Okayafrica, Okayplayer, Complex, L'Union Suite, and other media outlets.