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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The sign for Tyrone Square Mall.
    The story behind the ever-present name involves St. Pete’s first airport and a bootlegging mogul.
  8. Charles Jerkins.
    The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries after a 10-foot-long log was dropped on his legs.
  9. Donny Jasinski, a Baltimore native and a freshman at the University of Tampa, relaxes by the pool while browsing through his I-Phone on the campus Aquatics Center on Thursday, September 27, 2018. "One of the reasons why I came here for school was the weather," said Jasinski.
    It’s fall, but it sure doesn’t feel like fall. When will the bay area get some real pumpkin spice weather?
  10. Firemen shoveled rubble at spot where disintegrated body of Mrs. Mary Reeser, left, was found in her St. Petersburg apartment.
    Police went looking for Mary Reeser and found a pile of ashes. The unsolved mystery baffled even the FBI.