April 24, 2024

Michael Fechter

Florida Trend Associate Editor • mfechter@floridatrend.com

Michael Fechter

Michael Fechter joined Florida Trend in 2023. He has investigated various frauds, covered politics and higher education during a 35-year journalism career.

Articles by Fechter:

Condo Education
With many condominiums staring down costly repair bills and needing professional oversight, Florida International University's College of Business is offering a training certificate program for board members and owners.
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Frame of Reference
Orlando Museum of Art Executive Director and CEO Cathryn Mattson recently stood before a handful of journalists and museum staffers in a low-key launch of the museum's centennial.
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Car Talk
Traffic is cruising along an interstate at highway speed when a sudden, unexpected event forces drivers to slam on the brakes. Some motorists dive onto the shoulder to avoid rear-ending the car ahead of them. There's a good chance you've either seen it happen during an anxious glance in your rearview mirror or done it yourself.
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Magic City Magic
Proto, a hologram tech firm, has opened its first Florida studio and office in the Waterford Business District near Miami International Airport.
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Unlocking Stem Cells' Cardiac Benefits
More than 20 years ago, University of Miami heart transplant cardiologist Joshua Hare became convinced that stem cells infused into heart attack patients would turn into new, healthy cells to replace damaged ones. So far, that hasn't happened. But Hare, founding director of the university's Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute, still believes that stem cells represent a future in which cardiac care involves less medication and fewer surgeries.
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Knight's New Leader
A veteran journalist and Miami native has been tapped as the president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Former USA Today publisher Maribel Perez Wadsworth spent more than 30 years working as a journalist, starting as an editorial assistant for the Associated Press in 1994. She spent 26 years with Gannett, moving to its corporate offices in 2009 to work on digital and audience transformation.
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Road Doctor
As an engineering student, University of Central Florida Professor Necati Catbas studied structural damage caused by earthquakes. He wanted to learn how buildings could be made more resilient and safer.
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Endless Horizon
Turn south at the Meggison Road roundabout in The Villages, past Sawgrass Grove and the Southern Oaks Championship Golf Course, and you will come to a place that, as much as a line between past and future can exist, captures the sprawling 55-plus master-planned community's seemingly infinite growth.
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Diversifying Cancer Research
Black men face a far greater risk of getting prostate cancer than whites, and they suffer higher mortality rates. Yet, clinical trials for new treatments disproportionately involve white men. Similarly, Black women are more susceptible to dying from triple negative breast cancer than whites, but clinical trials do not represent this.
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Miami's economic forecast for 2024
“As we look ahead to 2024, we believe rates will stabilize and that the Federal Reserve will gradually ease rates to sustain economic growth. We anticipate that Florida's economy will remain strong and that residents, businesses, and domestic and international capital will continue flowing into the state."
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Florida shoe cobbler mends more than soles
Florida shoe cobbler mends more than soles

Jim McFarland, a fourth-generation shoe cobbler in Lakeland, Florida, never anticipated his trade mending shoes would lead to millions of views on social media. People are captivated by his careful craftsmanship: removing, then stitching and gluing soles on leather footwear.

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