Thursday, July 19, 2018

Journalist Chris Persaud’s epic, “Florida NIMBYs Can’t Stop America’s First Private High-Speed Rail”.


Now that Brightline is running their passenger train service, proving the critics and their wildly dire predictions wrong, it’s time to revisit once again the incredible work by former Post reporter Mr. Chris Persaud and his connection to our little City of Lake Worth.

Upon leaving the Post in early 2015 with his reporting awards in hand, Persaud went on to have published a journalistic tour de force, an outstanding piece last year about Brightline (see below). That piece simply and methodically broke through all the noise, the clutter and the babbling in places like the Treasure Coast and those pockets of resistance still remaining in Palm Beach County. Truly a journalist ahead of his time.

After that article was released you could sense a sea change in the public mood. And the press and news media, from coast to coast in this nation, took notice as well.

However, it was Persaud’s work as the beat reporter covering the City of Lake Worth for The Palm Beach Post that brought him into the spotlight and for that he’s now remembered as one of the greats in South Florida journalism. He’s remembered as being remarkably fair to everyone and took no sides.

Below are just two of the awards Mr. Chris Persaud received during his stint at the Post, awards from the esteemed Society of Professional Journalism.

Persaud’s effort last year was a spectacular piece published in Next City titled, “Florida NIMBYs Can’t Stop America’s First Private High-Speed Rail” about Brightline; click on this link to read the article.

For Persaud’s reporting here in the City of Lake Worth he received several well-deserved awards for his news reporting and, of course, that gained him recognition and wide acclaim; then shortly later he went on to other things. Although Persaud had some issues early on with his reporting he later performed outstanding collaborative work, especially election reporting.


Watch Persaud in action back in September 2014 grilling the Lake Worth City Attorney prior to that year’s bond vote to fix our City roads and potholes:



[Sadly, due to concerns about sea level rise back in 2014 that bond vote ended up failing by just 25 votes. But later in November 2016 the Neighborhood Road Bond passed by a “whopping” 69%.]


For all Persaud’s diligence and attention to detail, he was honored and will be forever among the greats in journalism. Without further ado. . .

Society of Professional Journalism’s 2015 Sunshine
State Awards
:

Beat Reporting – Elections

Christine Stapleton, Chris Persaud, Sonja Isger, Ballot troubles

Infographic – Online

Kavya Sukumar, Michelle Quigley, Fedor Zarkhin, Chris Persaud, Property values, insurance safety and charter schools