Who We Are
Buddy Nevins is a New York City native who has been a South Florida journalist for over 40 years.
Starting his career at 16, Nevins wrote feature stories and a byline column for national teen magazines while still in high school interviewing acts such as The Rolling Stones, The Searchers and many others.
While in college, Nevins switched his focus to 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.
Since the early 1970s to 2007, he was a writer first for the Miami Beach Sun and then for The Fort Lauderdale News, which became the Sun-Sentinel. During much of this time he wrote a column, which offered a peek behind closed doors of government and politics.
Nevins (patterned shirt and sunglasses) covers raid on a porno movie theater for the Miami Beach Sun.
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. He now operates this website and writes for various other publications.
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.
He is married to Fran Nevins, who he met in college while working for Miss Universe. He has two adult sons and a granddaughter.
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 local and national television.
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.
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.