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Gabrielle Calise -  Culture and Nostalgia Reporter

Culture and Nostalgia Reporter

I’m proud to report on offbeat Florida, nostalgia and local personalities at my hometown paper. My favorite stories explore our state's history and provide context for local oddities, but I also report on culture news, interesting people in the area and trends. I launched our community reporting project Florida Wonders and write stories that answer reader-submitted questions about the Tampa Bay area. Before I joined the Tampa Bay Times as an intern on the digital team, I graduated from the University of Florida in 2018 and was a journalism fellow in Germany through the RIAS Berlin exchange program. When I’m not poking around in the Times’ archives, I can be found embroidering something or eating baked goods.

  1. Residents get their first look at devastation caused by Hurricane Ian on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Bonita Beach.
  2. Twenty-one Chilean flamingos, left, sheltered in the ladies' bathroom off the main lobby of Sunken Gardens during Hurricane Ian. Staff members including Emily Mastoroudis, right, carried them carefully inside one at a time.
  3. El árbol de los deseos desarraigado en el jardín del Museo Dalí que fue empujado por los fuertes vientos del huracán Ian el jueves 29 de septiembre de 2022 en San Petersburgo. Los vientos han arrancado el ficus varias veces desde que se plantó en 2011.
  4. Officials look at the uprooted Wish Tree in the Dalí Museum's Avant-garden on Thursday in St. Petersburg. The tree was pushed over by strong winds from Hurricane Ian. Winds have uprooted the ficus tree several times since it was planted in 2011.
  5. Raymond Moré era propietario de tercera generación de La Segunda Central Bakery en Ybor City. Aparece en esta foto de archivo del Times con hogazas del pan cubano de su familia”.
  6. Raymond Moré was a third-generation owner of La Segunda Central Bakery in Ybor City. He is pictured in this Times archive photo with loaves of his family's Cuban bread.
  7. 'Highlander' actor Adrian Paul, left, will be bringing his traveling swordplay course, 'The Sword Experience', right, to Tampa on Saturday.
  8. Brothers Steven, Paul, and Vinny DeCosmo pose for a portrait during a soft opening at the new DeCosmo Italian Market on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022 in Pinellas Park.
  9. Times staff writer Gabrielle Calise takes her inflatable kayak to the mangrove-lined waters of Upper Tampa Bay Park.
  10. Jillian Frers, owner of The Chattaway grill, stands in the tea room, decorated with memorabilia of the English monarchy, as news breaks that Queen Elizabeth II has died at 96.
  11. Investigative reporters Carl Bernstein, left, and Bob Woodward, right, will be honored at Poynter's Bowtie Ball with the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement. The event takes place Nov. 12 in Tampa.
  12. Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick, a three-time "Survivor" competitor and Dunedin resident, returns to reality television to battle on USA Network's "Snake in the Grass."
  13. Jessica Dillon and Jillian Muschler of Embalmarina’s Traveling Postmortem Fauxtography Parlour work with Leah Masson and Rachael Zucker during a portrait session in Tampa.
  14. Aug. 24• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Evan Donovan and Gayle Guyardo in the WFLA News Channel 8 studio. Donovan recently announced his departure from the station.
  15. Thousands of items are for sale at the Vintage Marche on Friday, July 1, 2022 in St. Petersburg. The market will move to a new location in September.
  16. Bruce Michaud, 59, poses in his garage on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Tampa.
  17. Las vieiras se recolectan en una bolsa de malla mientras están en el agua, en Crystal River.
  18. Sandy Agabedis reacts as she finds her business of 10 years, The Blossom Shop, destroyed after Hurricane Charley tore through downtown Punta Gorda on Aug. 13, 2004.
  19. Lucas Ebert holds up a freshly gathered scallop while on a chartered boat trip with tourists in Crystal River on Aug. 8.
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  20. A screenshot of a video posted by ousted Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022.
  21. The Weeknd performs on stage during the After Hours Til Dawn Tour at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Tampa.
  22. The for rent sign in front of a home in the 1100 block of 8th Street N. on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
  23. Sara O’Brien laughs while setting up to begin screen printing at Wide Sky in Pinellas Park on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. O’Brien needed a step stool to adjust the knobs in the way the machine was positioned.
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