For Immediate Release
Often described as the Caribbean's version of the show 60 Minutes, the Award-Winning investigative program, 18° Degrees North, is returning to the South Florida television market to feature in-depth news investigations related to the Caribbean with global impact. Founder and Host Zahra Burton said South Florida's CW, WSFL-TV will begin airing the program on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 10am EST and every Sunday thereafter. "This season is entertaining, riveting, jaw-dropping, and moving, all at the same time," said Burton. "My favorites are the investigations into the Tivoli Gardens massacre in Jamaica in 2010. What we reveal is appalling, Burton said."
18° Degrees North is a production of Global Reporters for the Caribbean, a consortium of journalists around the world committed to raising the bar on in-depth storytelling and investigative reporting in the Caribbean region. For the premiere episode Burton said, "18 Degrees North nabs a rare TV Interview with Michael Misick, who is facing corruption charges leveled by the British stemming from his premiership of the Turks and Caicos Islands (a British Overseas Territory). Misick came to prominence on the celebrity circuit when he married Hollywood actress LisaRaye McCoy, who is also interviewed in this episode. Misick's pre-trial proceedings started last week."
Named for the geographic coordinates of Jamaica, 18° Degrees North features three segments, each exploring topics as varied as politics, science, business, health, sports and culture.
"Our reporters look to uncover stories related to the Caribbean that have gone unreported or been underreported for too long, Burton said. If it’s political corruption or a celebration of success, this show offers a bold, fair and in-depth look, all while maintaining the highest level of journalistic standards," she added.
18° Degrees North is distributed on mainstream television, radio and on digital platforms in the U.S., the Caribbean and Diaspora. The program is sponsored by Grace Foods the Caribbean’s leading food manufacturer and distributor.
About Zahra Burton
Zahra Burton is the founder and principal of Global Reporters for the Caribbean, a consortium of journalists around the world committed to raising the bar on in-depth storytelling and investigative reporting in the Caribbean. The Consortium produces 18° Degrees North, a Caribbean focused global news show. Burton serves as host and executive producer.
Ms. Burton is a former New York-based reporter for Bloomberg Television. During her seven-year tenure there, she covered the stock market from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as well as other major business stories, including the global financial crisis, health-care reform, the BP oil spill and the trial of Bernard Madoff.
Prior to joining Bloomberg Television in 2005, Zahra was a segment producer for NDTP Productions based out of KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles. It was there that she earned her Emmy nomination for her contributions to producing a weekly show on local entrepreneurs - Making It: Minority Success Stories. While in Los Angeles, she also served as guest host for The Young Turks, a national radio show focused on politics, sports, pop culture and entertainment.
Burton's inspiration for 18° Degrees North came from her days working as a reporter in Kingston at Television Jamaica. In 2015, she received The Carl Wint Award for Human Interest Feature Stories (Electronic) by the Press Association of Jamaica and was selected as a 2015 fellow at the Reva and David Logan Symposium on Investigative Journalism at U.C. Berkeley.