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Bernadette Berdychowski - Engagement Producer

Engagement Producer

Dzień Dobry! I’m a first-generation native to Clearwater born to immigrants from Poland and Polish is my first language. Yes, I’m that girl eating pierogi on the beach. You caught me. I went to college in the big NYC and learned what the word “winter” actually meant. Now, I’m back in the bay area helping you find the stories that matter through the odd world of the internet. Also, I write the cheesiest puns that would beat any “dad joke” you’ve ever heard. My favorite stories are about the intersections of art history, religion, philosophy, geography or business. Most of all, I love studying the way our minds experience stories.

  1. The Egmont Key Lighthouse Cemetery has crosses marking Seminole graves from the time members of the tribe were held captive there in U.S. internment camps. Other Seminoles are thought to have been buried at Egmont in unmarked graves.
  2. A collage of photos of events from around Tampa Bay in 2020.
  3. Local artist, Cheryl "Jujmo" Weber of Tampa paints her assigned letter "B" in the new Black Lives Matter street mural in front of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Ave. South in St. Petersburg on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Woodson Museum executive director, Terri Lipsey-Scott contacted St. Petersburg City Council member, Lisa Wheeler-Bowman with the idea who in turn contacted Wayne Atherholt with the city’s Cultural Affairs department who also liked the idea. Atherholt contact John Collins with the St Pete Artist Alliance which runs the Shine Mural project and got his team working to find artists willing to participate. 16 artists are responsible for painting 1 letter each of the phrase.  The mural will be ready when the city of St Pete kicks of its Juneteenth celebrations on Friday morning.
  4. Demonstrators arrive for one of two daily marches in protest of police brutality and racism in the wake of George Floyd's death, on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  5. In St. Petersburg, marchers demonstrated Saturday against police brutality and racism in the afternoon and at night.
  6. Protesters gather for a peaceful protest at Coachman Park in Clearwater on Friday, June 5th, 2020.
  7. Zoey Triplett, 9, left, cuddles with her mother, Amy Triplett, 49, center, of Safety Harbor, while attending a peaceful protest organized by the Bless Up organization, on Friday, June 5, 2020, at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. At right is Byron Triplett, 53, Zoey's father and Amy's husband.
  8. We asked people to tell us the first thing they want to do when the pandemic settles. These are some of the responses.
  9. An electronic sign alerts drivers Wednesday, April 29, 2020 in Clearwater. Pinellas County leaders decided to open the beaches on May 4.
  10. A rendering of the downtown Sarasota building that holds the office of Retirement Wealth Specialists.