Gabrielle Calise - Social Trending Producer

Social Trending Producer

‪I love finding unusual stories and telling them in new ways online. I get excited about offbeat news, funny tweets and creative visuals. I grew up in Clearwater and joined the Times after graduating from the University of Florida in June 2018.

  1. KFC's latest creation features donuts.
    You can’t get these in Florida yet, but the new menu items are already popular on social media.
  2. Two western lowland gorillas at Busch Gardens were part of the successful Budweiser ad campaign during Super Bowl XLI. Sim Sim, left, and Cenzoo, right, helped sell Bud Light.
    Sim Sim’s claim to fame was a 2007 Bud Light commercial.
  3. The Sunshine Skyway under construction.
    It was one of the longest bridges in the world. It was almost named the Magic Carpet. Here’s what else you didn’t know about Tampa Bay’s iconic bridge.
  4. This GOES-16 satellite image taken Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at 16:40 UTC and provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Dorian, left, churning over Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian hovered over the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with a fearsome Category 4 assault that forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passes.
    Incredible images, from the view at the space station to eye of the storm.
  5. Satellite imagery of Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, September 2.
    Dorian, crawling at just 1 mph, still poses a threat to the east coast of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
  6. Zack Braff, who formerly starred in the sitcom Scrubs as Dr. "J.D." Dorian, tweeted this Hurricane Dorian meme.
    An explanation of meteorological monikers and memes.
  7. Screenshot of a Tweet about a hurricane-themed cake at Publix.
    The storm isn’t here yet, but one hurricane-themed cookie cake is already causing a stir on social media.
  8. Photo illustration LISA MERKLIN  |   Times
    Plastic straws are passé, but what about disposable bags, utensils and packaging? One reporter went on a journey to shun single-use plastic.
  9. Epcot, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and the Southernmost Point of the Continental US are popular Florida tourist attractions.
    We waded through Google, Yelp and TripAdvisor for one-star reviews of some of the state’s most iconic tourism destinations. The results did not disappoint.
  10. A postcard for Webb's City, which closed on August 18, 1979. Times archives.
    Dancing chickens, talking mermaids and ridiculous low prices made Webb’s City a beloved tourist attraction in St. Petersburg. What went wrong?