Gabrielle Calise - Social Trending Producer

Social Trending Producer

I’m proud to be a digital reporter and social media producer at my hometown paper. My favorite stories explore Florida history and provide context for local oddities, but I also report on breaking news and trends. I launched our community reporting project Florida Wonders and write stories that answer reader-submitted questions about the Tampa Bay area (Ask me anything you’ve been curious about, big or small, at I graduated from UF 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 contemplating my love of breakfast foods. 

  1. Opal, Franklin and Bentley are all regulars in local Tampa Bay area businesses.
    From a dog in costume to a rat-gobbling lizard, we get to know the shop pets of our local businesses.
  2. The Bookstore at the  Oxford Exchange during its First Friday event on 09/06/13.
    Plus other Instagram-worthy spots around Tampa Bay.
  3. Left: Janis Joplin performs (AP Photo). Right: Joplin's booking photo (Courtesy of Tampa History Center).
    Police let Joplin finish her set at Curtis Hixon Hall before arresting the singer in her dressing room.
  4. The current exterior of the Playhouse Theatre on 1850 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.
    Ever wonder about the strange, vacant theatre on Central Avenue? Here’s the story behind it — including porn movies, wrestlers and a Christian music venue and disco hall for teens.
  5. Emma Cox and Chris Cox at their wedding Saturday night at The Pavilion at Mixon Farms in Bradenton.
    Surveillance footage shows a woman creeping outside the wedding reception before stealing the newlyweds’ marriage license and gifts.
  6. Todd Belville, 55, faces a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
    The husband faces a charge of second-degree murder. He said he was drinking at the time, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
  7. Horse manure left floating in the water is another concern to those opposed to the tours.
    Officials fear the horses are harming the health of the bay and its sea grass beds. But one woman says she won’t be able to care for her rescue horses anymore.
  8. El aviso del Tyrone Square Mall. [JAY CONNNER | Tampa Bay Times]
    La historia detrás del nombre permanente involucra al primer aeropuerto de St. Pete y un magnate de contrabando.
  9. The sign for Tyrone Square Mall.
    The story behind the ever-present name involves St. Pete’s first airport and a bootlegging mogul.
  10. Charles Jerkins.
    The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries after a 10-foot-long log was dropped on his legs.