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.


The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation removed its statewide ban on bars, but in Palm Beach County, restrictions will remain in place.

The county’s step-by-step approach to Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan allows county commissioners to consider spikes in COVID-19 cases.

Working from home during the pandemic has been so common it has earned its own well-known shorthand — WFH.


But the novelty of not having to battle traffic jams and working from home has worn off for many first-time remote workers. Productivity may come with a dose of isolation when your kitchen table turns into your office. And shifting priorities may come with the anxiety of eventually going into a workplace sometime in the near future. 

As restaurants, bars and other businesses started to reopen across South Florida they were quickly forced to shut back down as coronavirus cases began spiking again last month.


And for business owners, or anyone stepping out of their home, it's been tough to keep track of the latest safety rules and guidelines.

As the Palm Beach County school district decides how to open schools this year, the county’s health director is raising concerns about child safety amid the pandemic. She says the positivity rate for kids under 18 has gone up slightly. 

When the U.S. got its first cases of COVID-19, there was hope that hot summer weather would eventually help suppress the virus. It hasn’t worked out that way. And Palm Beach County’s top health official says the virus could still get worse in the fall.

John Brewer never expected this restaurant support community to take off.

14,000 members later, Delray Beach's largest “flash mob” had expanded beyond the city, opening chapters in four cities within Palm Beach County.

Protests and Pro Tools. The pandemic and plants. Time with family and moments of joy.

These are ways South Floridians are coping with anxieties and stresses brought on by the pandemic and deep pain resurfaced by the race and social justice protests. The pandemic has led to isolation to protect public health. And it has caused a lot of economic anxieties.


As cooks, waiters, and hair stylists, come back to work after two months, Palm Beach County is setting aside part of the $261 million it received through the CARES Act to help businesses re-open.

The new normal began on a somber evening in March.

When Rodney Mayo had to lay off more than 650 employees from his 17 restaurants and bars, following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order to suspend dine-in operations, he feared that many of his employees — which amounted to 1,800 families — would have trouble feeding themselves. And he was right.

The City of Riviera Beach has partnered with Palm Beach Harvest Food Bank to address food insecurity. People living in disadvantaged areas will have access to fresh produce for the next eight weeks and the free program might be the fuel that sparks a long-term project.