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Gabrielle Calise - Offbeat Florida and Nostalgia Reporter

Offbeat Florida and Nostalgia Reporter

I’m proud to be a reporter for 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 floridawonders@tampabay.com.) 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. Young people enjoy a graduation ball. One woman is trying to give Hillsborough high school students the prom memories they missed. [DMITRY FEOKTISTOV  |  ZUMAPRESS.com]
  2. We asked people to tell us the first thing they want to do when the pandemic settles. These are some of the responses. [Bernadette Berdychowski/Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin models a leopard-print face mask. The masks are being sold to benefit big cats. Portions of the proceeds also help first-responders. [Screenshot, tread365.com]
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  5. A view of the gym at the Manor Riverwalk  in Tampa, Florida. [Times (2019)]
  6. Gov. Ron DeSantis at a news conference in Jacksonville on May 15, 2020. [Florida Channel]
  7. Elenora and Samuel Adams in 1964. [Times archives] [NORMAN ZEISLOPY  |  St. Petersburg Times]
  8. George Smetzer and Donnetta Hester stand on the western portion of the Courtney Campbell Causeway next to trash they collected. [Courtesy of Betsy Marvin]
  9. Co'chiese Sanders gives some attention to Bobby Howard's hair inside Sanders' mobile barbershop, a 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 minivan called ManCave Beverly Hills. Sanders set up shop Monday, reopening day for salons and barbers, at 11600 9th St. N. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  10. An aerial photo from May 9, 1980, shows the freighter Summit Venture after it collided with the Sunshine Skyway bridge. The bridge collapse killed 35 people.
  11. The collapsed span of the Sunshine Skyway silhouetted against the morning sky. [ERIC MENCHER   |  Times (1980)]
  12. Family photos of reporter Gabrielle Calise and her mom, Lena Georges. [GABRIELLE CALISE | Times]
  13. Former FDOT underwater bridge inspectors Robert Raiola, 73, and Michael Betz, 66, pose near the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge Wednesday, April 29, 2020. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  14. An Orlampa sign facing Interstate 4 near Polk City. [Times (2002)]
  15. A warehouse worker moves bins of food around inside the Feeding Tampa Bay distribution center in March. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times]
  16. People sitting together at a quarantined isolation camp in Florida. This photo was likely taken in 1900. [State Library and Archives of Florida, Florida Memory]
  17. Left: An AP photo of NFL sideline reporter Erin Andrews. Right: Tampa General Hospital employees Amber Sturgeon and Allyson Heilos stand next to food sent by Andrews. [Courtesy of Ellen Fiss]
  18. Katie Schulte, 26, comforts boyfriend Jonathan Neveu, 35, after a Winn-Dixie employee in Hyde Park tells them their grocery bill has been paid for. [Courtesy of Winn-Dixie]
  19. Mabry Elementary School teacher Jennifer Buckley brought a birthday surprise to her student, kindergartener Lily Wolfe. [Courtesy of Sherry and Adam Wolfe]
  20. Fox Hollow Elementary teachers paraded through their students' communities on March 25, 2020, to remind children they will miss them during remote learning because of coronavirus. [Handout]
  21. The YMCAs of Tampa Bay have closed normal operations and reopened as childcare facilities for essential workers. [Courtesy of Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA]
  22. The “Some Good News” show by John Krasinski, pictured in 2018, is popular. [CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]
  23. Family and friends of soon-to-be parents Angelina and Chris Leyva participate in a drive-by baby shower April 4 in Largo. [LUIS SANTANA   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  24. A dancer that goes by the name of Hannah performs at an empty 2001 Odyssey strip club due to measures taken to stop the spread of the coronavirus. To help dancers make money while the club is closed, 2001 Odyssey is keeping its live webcam shows running. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]