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She's a news junkie and a Facebook fan

[Liisa Hyvarinen Temple with her husband Air Force SMSgt Rex Temple on their honeymoon in Arizona.]

Let's Talk's Reader Profiles offer snapshots of readers, a look at the faces & personalities behind some of our loyal readers and Facebook fans.

Today we introduce you to Liisa Hyvarinen Temple, an avid follower of's The Buzz and The Feed blogs. Temple played along with our Q&A, sharing her thoughts on her favorite Web sites, fabulous Florida getaways and how she'd spend $1 million (first, a new house).

Where you live: Tampa.

Profession: Journalism professor at University of South Florida.

Five must-visit sites in the morning: When school is in session:,, HeraldTribune,com,, FloridaFocus (USF student newscast) and (her husband's blog).

When not teaching:,,, and

Favorite sections on The Buzz and The Feed.

Dream guests for a dinner party: President Obama, Michelle Obama -- I like that she picked military families as her cause. Also would like Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter because of her interest in mental health issues.

Favorite Florida getaway: Anna Maria Island or deep sea fishing with my husband.

Favorite vacation outside Florida: Finland, where her family lives; France, Italy.

If I had $1 million: I'd probably buy a new house, donate some, invest some in college fund for nieces and nephews, travel to Machu Picchu.

Book on your nightstand: I Am the Grand Canyon: The Story of the Havasupai People by Stephen Hirst.

Tampa Bay insider secret: Pane Rustica Bakery & Cafe in Tampa, better food than Paris or New York.  Taste of Boston in Ballast Park, clam chowder is "to die for."

If I were governor: I would try to find more money for education. I know this sounds self-centered, but my course-load is ridiculous. How well can you teach when you have four to five classes? We've got a lot of smart kids here, I want to give them everything they need, there's only so much you can do.

Personal Web site: WUSF bio page


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[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:52pm]


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