Divya Kumar, Pinellas County Community Reporter

Divya Kumar

Pinellas County Community Reporter

I'm an editorial assistant/community reporter eager to hear your story. I was born in Indiana, but have called Florida home for a little over a decade and am fascinated by the stories big and small that make up our state. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper, and joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. If you have a story you'd like us to know of, please reach out.

Epilogue: Evelyn Gardner, nursing educator and public health advocate

Evelyn Gardner. (Photo courtesy of Daphne Gardner).
Mrs. Gardner co-founded the St. Petersburg chapter of the Black Nurses Association

Birth certificates can be lifeline in security-conscious times

Lawyer Kathryn Hynes poses in her office in St. Petersburg at GulfCoast Legal Services.  Hynes is the lead lawyer that runs a free clinic at Gulf Coast Legal Services to help people obtain their birth certificates if they were lost or they never received them. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
Gulfcoast Legal Services helps obtain birth records, opening door to things like driver’s licenses and passports.

Valedictorian: His mom sold drugs and he became a foster kid. Then a teacher took him in.

Robert Hurley, left, with Amy Krusemark, one of his teachers at Boca Ciega High School. Krusemark became Hurley’s legal guardian, allowing him to stay at Boca Ciega after foster care managers wanted Hurley to move to another county. He ended up as the valedictorian with a full-ride to Stanford University. [Courtesy of Amy Krusemark]
Three years ago, Boca Ciega High math teacher Amy Krusemark stepped up to become the legal guardian for one of her students. He finished at the top of his class and is headed to Stanford.

Kenneth City breaks ground for new public works building

It will replace a warehouse-style building that dates from the 1950s

Public to weigh in on Shore Acres flooding fixes

St. Petersburg will have an open house public meeting.