Gabrielle Calise - Offbeat Florida and Nostalgia Reporter

Offbeat Florida and Nostalgia Reporter

I’m proud to be a reporter for the Life & Culture team 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 eating baked goods.

  1. A promo photo for season four of MTV's "Siesta Key."
  2. Left to right: A photograph of the 1971 Tampa International Airport terminal complex, Joyce Mandley's family visiting the airport when it opened (courtesy of Tampa International Airport), and executive director of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority George Bean in the 1960s.
  3. Danielle Bayard Jackson is a PR agency owner, licensed educator, author and certified friendship coach.
  4. Tyler Rorah, 18, of Brooksville, receives a Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine shot from LPN Sonia Woods, right, while receiving his CDC (issued) Covid 10 Vaccination Card during his vaccination appointment on Monday, April 5, 2021, at Saint Leo University, which is serving as the host for the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution for East Pasco County.

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  5. Riley Keough and Taylour Paige star in the movie 'Zola' that was shot in the Tampa Bay area.
  6. A yard chandelier hangs from a tree at a Dunedin home.
  7. Radio personality Tedd Webb.
  8. La presentadora de  Noticias Tampa Hoy Jennifer Peñate( Izq)  y la presentadora del clima Heather Melendez.
  9. Noticias Tampa Hoy anchor Jennifer Peñate and weathercaster Heather Melendez.
  10. JudyAnne Jackson will be performing at New York City's oldest rock and roll club, the Bitter End, on April 9. The Tampa singer is 13 years old.
  11. United States Navy veteran Joseph Hall dabs away a tear moments after receiving a Navy anthology from George Howell, with Mission United, at left, moments after Hall arrived at the Mediterranean Manor community park for his 97th birthday party on Friday, March 12, 2021, in Dunedin. Hall recently commissioned a local seamstress to recreate his WWII uniform as his future burial outfit.
  12. Kombucha brewed by Times reporter Gabrielle Calise and Anthony Coustillac.
  13. From left, Bryan Griffin, 33, Daniel Andresen, 29, and Phil Smith, 30, owners of Flower Crown Kombucha, hoist various varieties of kombucha in front of the 200-gallon storage and chilling tanks at Flower Crown Kombucha at 1607 N Franklin St. in Tampa. Flower Crown Kombucha is Tampa's first kombucha taproom. It opened in January in the former Tampa Heights Foundation Coffee location.
  14. University of Tampa librarian Elizabeth Lee Barron, 64, displays some of the citrus labels she has collected over the years at her home on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Tampa. The collection is the fruit of Lee Barron's research, which has turned up scores of her family's branding labels that were pasted on shipping boxes to identify where the citrus was grown, who packed it and who shipped it.
  15. Dalia Colón, de 38 años, pudo recibir una vacuna Pfizer en el sitio de FEMA de Tampa. "Vaya más tarde en el día, porque ahí es cuando se dan cuenta de que no se presentarán", dijo el periodista multimedia de Riverview.
  16. A 2010 photo of anchor Rod Carter at WFLA-News Channel 8 in Tampa.
  17. Dalia Colón, 38, was able to get a Pfizer vaccine at Tampa's FEMA site. "Go later in the day, because that's when they realize the no-shows aren't coming," said the Riverview multimedia journalist.
  18. A oak leafroller inches across a pollen speckled window in Clearwater. This caterpillar is the immature or larval stage of the oak moth.
  19. Taste of Pride returns to St. Petersburg on March 12. This year's event will span three days and take place at over 20 restaurants, bars and breweries.
  20. African American Heritage Association president Gwendolyn Reese, Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum executive director Terri Lipsey Scott and principal dancer Calvin Royal III.
  21. Bessie Coleman was the first African American Aviator of Record. She received her pilot's license in 1921 and died in an accident in Jacksonville in 1926.
  22. Fans dance and cheer in the crowd as Zion I, The Grouch and Eligh perform on the main stage at the 2017 Reggae Rise Up Festival at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.
  23. In honor of Valentine's Day, a Tampa radio station wants to help one local couple afford a divorce.