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. Dominic Fike performs at Jannus Live during his sold-out St. Petersburg stop on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.
  2. Escena de "Love is Blind,". [Netflix]
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady attends a news conference after a practice session in Munich, Germany, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022.
  4. Taylor Swift, shown performing in Nashville, Tennessee, in September.
  5. Selling Tampa,
  6. A scene from "Love is Blind," which features a bunch of conventionally attractive people who (mostly) try to give their hot mystery dates a shot. [Netflix]
  7. "Selling Tampa" won't be returning for a second season on Netflix.
  8. Big Dan’s Car Wash, a Georgia-based chain launched in 2020, has 20 locations either open, under contract or under construction in this region alone.
  9. Hip hop duo Vonne Parks (left) and André “Dre” Gainey (right), also known as They Hate Change, perform a DJ set on stage at Hooch and Hive on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 in Tampa.
  10. Experimental hip-hop duo They Hate Change hail from the Tampa Bay area, which they frequently reference in their music. Landmarks in recent music videos include Marko's Meat & Deli, The Bends, Planet Retro, the Tampa Theatre and Dairy Kurl.
  11. A manatee rises to the surface for air while people on a manatee tour float nearby in Crystal River.
  12. Cynthia Smoot is retiring from Fox 13 News on Dec. 1, 2022. She worked at the station for 25 years.
  13. NSAI Songwriter-Artist of the Decade honoree Taylor Swift performs onstage during NSAI 2022 Nashville Songwriter Awards at Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 20, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee.
  14. Radio host and jazz music director Bob Seymour retired from WUSF 89.7 FM in 2016. He will become the host of "Jazz in the Night," a new evening program from WMNF 88.5 FM.
  15. A pumpkin weighing 969 pounds, lays on top of a bed of hay at Bearss Groves on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Tampa.
  16. Teen employees tend to plants at the St. Pete Youth Farm, an urban farm created to teach life skills while addressing food insecurity in Midtown.
  17. The local meme page @stpetemoodboard has launched a fundraiser for Hurricane Ian relief. The premise: auctioning off a date with the admin's hot friend, Alec Kugler, right.
  18. Rosey Williams, the founder of Indie Flea poses for a portrait at the Indie Flea Market on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 in St. Petersburg. The market is returning — and celebrating a decade in St. Petersburg — on Oct. 9.
  19. Residents get their first look at devastation caused by Hurricane Ian on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Bonita Beach.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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”.

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