Who We Are

Buddy Nevins

Buddy Nevins is a New York City native who has been a South Florida journalist for over 40 years.

Nevins started his career at 16, writing feature stories and a byline column for national teen magazines.

While in college, Nevins wrote about politics. He covered the 1972 national political conventions for the Chicago Tribune-New York Daily News Syndicate and wrote for political magazines such as Ramparts.

He covered Florida politics from the early 1970s to 2006 for The Fort Lauderdale News and then for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.  During much of this time he wrote a column which offered a peek behind closed doors of government and politics.

Nevins also is the winner of numerous state and national prizes for his investigations into cruise ship safety, airport construction, the brokerage industry, boiler room fraud, Election Day polling snafus and other subjects.

In 2007, Nevins didn’t need a crystal ball to see the grim future of newspapers. He took a buyout from the Tribune Company, owners of the Sun-Sentinel.

Even if you enjoyed his column for years, you may not know: Nevins is a University of Miami graduate, an education he helped finance by writing for supermarket tabloids.

James G. Kane

One of South Florida’s premier pollsters and political strategists, James G. Kane got his start in campaigns while still in a Fort Lauderdale elementary school.  He would pass flyers out in his neighborhood.

A graduate of George Washington University’s political science program, Kane worked on more than three dozen Republican and Democratic campaigns. Candidates have used his skills for campaign management, message design, voter contact, opposition research and polling.

Kane has conducted polls for candidates, sponsors of referendums, state political parties, media companies such as the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and business groups.  He was the first Democratic pollster to work for the Republican Party of Florida.

In addition to his political work, Kane currently teaches graduate seminars at the University of Florida in survey research, political behavior, political campaigning and political parties and interest groups.   He also is a regular political commentator on WSVN-TV Channel 7 Miami.

He has written numerous papers on politics for publications such as Political Research Quarterly and won an American Political Science Association Award in 2004 for the best paper in the state and local elections section.

Something you may not know about Kane:  He is not only a political operative but once was an office holder.  Kane was on the Port Everglades Authority, operators of Port Everglades, from 1989-1994.

Sam Fields

A guest columnist for Browardbeat.com, Sam Fields is renowned in Broward political circles for his outspoken opinions about almost everything.

Fields helped manage a successful referendum on a school bond issue in the 1980s and has been involved in many other city and countywide campaigns.

A Long Island, New York native, Fields moved to Florida and attended North Miami High School.

He is a graduate of the University of Miami and Antioch School of Law.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Fields was a Washington lobbyist and Capitol Hill staffer. He also was the founder of a products liability clearing-house for anti-firearms litigation.

When he moved back to South Florida, Mr. Fields was an attorney at the Broward Public Defender’s Office and conducted more than 50 jury trials. While there, Mr. Fields rose to the rank of Senior Felony Trial Attorney.

Currently in private practice, he specializes in criminal law, civil litigation and administrative/governmental relations.

Mr. Fields is an AV (R) rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell and has more than 20 years of extensive trial experience with over 200 jury trials to verdict.

His criminal cases range from traffic infractions to death penalty cases. He is also experienced in complex white collar crime law.

In the area of civil litigation, he has prosecuted fraud, civil theft, breach of contract and received damage judgments in excess of $3,000,000 on behalf of clients.

Something you may not know about Fields:  He ran for judge in 2000 and was on the presidential ballot that was part of the famous Florida recount between Al Gore and George W. Bush. Like Gore, he lost.