Jan 18, 2024 - News

Meet Sommer Brugal, Axios Miami's new reporter

Sommer Brugal, who is the new Axios Miami reporter, is featured in this photo.

Sommer Brugal, Axios Miami reporter. Photo: Sommer Brugal

👋 Hi! I'm Sommer, and I'm so excited to begin.

First things first: Despite the spelling, my name is pronounced like the season. Easy!

Flashback: I was born in Miami and lived near The Falls until middle school before moving to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

  • I earned my bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from American University in Washington, D.C. In between degrees, I freelanced for a few years in Austin, Texas, and I also worked at a few coffee shops.
  • I've been reporting on education in Florida since 2019 and, most recently, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and statewide education issues for the Miami Herald.
  • I took leave from work this past summer to attend culinary school for two months in Madrid, Spain. Surprisingly, I only have a few scars from the experience.

Zoom in: I live in North Beach, the best neighborhood in Miami (not a debate, but happy to share my runners-up).

  • I go "off island" daily, which is what my fellow North Beach friends and I refer to as going over the 79th Street Causeway, and can usually be found at a coffee shop (my current favorite is Surry Hills in Little River), playing soccer or doing pottery at Of Course I Still Love You Ceramics.
  • I spend lots of time at the beach, and I frequent the Bandshell and Gramps for shows.
  • Other favorites include Legion Park Farmers Market, Paradis Books & Bread, Peel Soft Serve and the burger at Over Under.

The bottom line: I have loved covering education and will continue to do so here. But I'm excited to expand my reporting to include other stories that matter to Miami's residents.

  • Send all your tips and story suggestions — or even just your favorite places around town — to [email protected].
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