Christopher Spata - Enterprise Reporter, Culture

Enterprise Reporter, Culture

I cover culture — pop culture, business culture, political culture, gun culture and more — with an eye toward who Floridians are, what makes us unique and how life is changing in Tampa Bay. I’ve written about our region’s portrayal on TV sitcoms and celebrated nostalgia for Tampa’s dead shopping mall, and I’ve also investigated Tampa Bay residents charged for taking part in the Jan. 6 insurrection. I’m hunting for stories about fascinating local people, unnoticed local places and the unanswered questions that come up when you look around your own neighborhood.

  1. Robert DuBoise at a news conference on Sept. 14, 2020, following a hearing to exonerate him 37 years after he was arrested for a 1983 murder.
  2. Robert DuBoise in September 2020, shortly after his release from prison, at his new home in Tampa.
  3. John Higgins in the Republican Debate Cold Open sketch from "Saturday Night Live" in November 2023. Higgins did not speak in the sketch, but it was the closest we got to a proper DeSantis parody on SNL.
  4. Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a caucus night party in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday.
  5. A home at 2833 Meadow Hill Drive in Clearwater boasts a Christmas lights display of over a half-million lights.
  6. Festivus, the holiday "Seinfeld" introduced in 1997, is celebrated by characters on the show on Dec. 23 and features a Festivus pole. Here, a scene from the episode, "The Strike," featuring the pole.
  7. The Burton Family Light show in Valrico is seen in 2022. The Burton family and their home will be seen in Season 11 of "The Great Christmas Light Fight."
  8. The alternative holiday known as Festivus can be traced to the classic 1997 episode of "Seinfeld" called "The Strike." [Courtesy of Sony Pictures Television Inc.]
  9. Sondra Martin, 73, sits in her easy chair in what remains of her living room on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, at Honeymoon Park mobile home park in Dunedin. Suspected tornadoes sliced through the area early Thursday morning.
  10. Guests are frightened inside the Stranger Things haunted house at Universal Orlando during Halloween Horror Nights.
  11. Chris Hilbert, 34, of Tampa, holds up a picture of Reptar on his phone while getting a Reptar tattoo during the 90s Con event at Tampa Convention Center on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023.
  12. Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies stand at the scene of a fatal shooting in Riverview on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023. A 14-year-old boy fatally shot his mother and critically wounded his mother's boyfriend, deputies said.
  13. Phillip Blay works to escape the rising water and blaze just minutes before his own mobile home caught fire early Wednesday in Tarpon Springs. Blay and his wife, Anne, were home when tidal floodwaters began to rise from Hurricane Idalia.
  14. Drone images of the Shore Acres neighborhood in St. Petersburg, where there is a lot of flooding, Wednesday, Aug 30, 2023.
  15. A radar image shows Hurricane Idalia moving north off the coast of Florida on Tuesday evening.
  16. From left: Jarod Jones, Sedrick Spencer, Arthur Hopson, Rodney Washington and Steve Young assist with sandbag distribution at MacFarlane Park in Tampa on Monday in preparation for Tropical Storm Idalia.
  17. Aug. 14, 2023• Life & Culture
    Mike Calta hosts mornings on 102.5-FM The Bone in Tampa Bay.
  18. An American alligator shows off its teeth as it basks in the sun in a South Florida wetlands area.
  19. Mangoes sit on the street on 50th Avenue South in St. Petersburg's Bayou Highlands neighborhood.
  20. Elvis tribute artist Dwight Icenhower, 42, performs on stage at the Citrus County Auditorium in Inverness during the 2023 Elvis: The Summer Festival.
  21. Carol Kicinski, left, and Jon Heneghan, circled in red, in a photo attached to their federal indictment for taking part in the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
  22. The Declaration of Independence (1819), John Trumbull.
  23. Doug Spata, front, father of Tampa Bay Times reporter Christopher Spata, prepares to drive an FV-433 Abbot tank through a trail course at Tank America in Orlando.