Paul Guzzo, General Assignment/Vintage Tampa Bay Reporter

Paul Guzzo

General Assignment/Vintage Tampa Bay Reporter

I am a general assignment reporter with specific and varying niches – the local film industry, U.S.-Cuba relations, Tampa history, professional wrestling and the odd and unique people who make up this area. I have been a journalist in Tampa since 1999. In my younger years, I was also an independent filmmaker best known for an award-winning documentary on Charlie Wall, Tampa’s first crime lord. At home, I am married to a woman who is way out of my league and a father of four kids who have diverse career goals – engineer, veterinarian, ballerina, and a “fighting ninja.” As opposed to a pacifist ninja.

An investigation of Zion Cemetery's land can detail the history of Tampa's first African American burial ground

This section of Robles Park Apartments is  where Tampa’s black community once buried its dead. Zion Cemetery was lost to history after hundreds of bodies were buried there. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
Archaeologists hope to soon begin investigating the property where hundreds of African Americans were buried from 1901 until the cemetery disappeared nearly a century ago.

Tampa Housing Authority forms committee to search for the lost Zion Cemetery

This is a drone photo of Robles Park Village in Tampa taken on April 24.  In 1951 when these projects were being built, workers dug up three bodies near the spot where this photo was taken.  Newspaper accounts from the time said the bodies were buried in Zion Cemetery and should have been moved in 1925. (LUIS SANTANA   |   Times)
The committee was formed by the Housing Authority in reaction to a special report published last month by the Tampa Bay Times.

Who was buried beneath Water Street Tampa? Developer still won’t say.

Construction continues on the Water Street Tampa redevelopment project in downtown Tampa in January 2019. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Tampa City Council was told the remains were identified and properly exhumed. But their identities and ethnicity will not be made public, said Strategic Property Partners.

As Tampa Tile closes, the city loses another multi-generation family business

Jerry DiFabrizio, the owner of Tampa Tile, is closing the family business after nearly 66 years on Columbus Drive. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
The store closes after nearly seven decades on Tampa’s Columbus Drive.

The man who created ‘Final Destination’ is now producing a Tampa horror franchise

Joe Davison, who appeared in season two of Stranger Things, decorated the dining room of his Tampa home like a set from the hit Netflix series. [Times (2017)]
Jeffrey Reddick, executive producer, calls ‘Hank’ ‘the type of fun, scary and twisted story that I love.’