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Chris Kuo - Beaches Reporter

Beaches Reporter

I first fell in love with storytelling one summer in high school, when I was given a yellow reporter’s notebook (the first of many) and began telling stories about Boston. Since then, I’ve written about farmers in rural Indonesia, martial arts classes in Los Angeles and local election campaigns in North Carolina. Those experiences taught me that the best stories can help us rediscover what it means to be human in this big, fascinating world. I’ve previously reported for The Los Angeles Times and am completing a degree in English, political science and journalism at Duke University. I cover the beaches and communities of Pinellas County. Send me a note!

  1. Sean Ferraro, right, sells a pizza to boaters near Three Rooker Island off the north Pinellas County coast on Saturday, June 25, 2022. Ferraro, the owner of Madison Avenue Pizza in Dunedin, doesn't take orders before launching his Pizza Skiff on weekends, instead approaching boaters when he's on the water.
  2. Water safety supervisor Konrad Ciolko, top, teaches kids about spinal immobilization out of the water during junior lifeguard camp at Clearwater Beach on Thursday, June 23, 2022.
  3. Treasure Island Mayor Tyler Payne conducts a meeting via Zoom on Tuesday while working at IcareLabs where he is an executive vice president in St. Petersburg. Payne, the first openly gay mayor of Treasure Island, signed the town’s first Pride proclamation in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month on June 1.
  4. Abortion-rights marchers hold signs during a rally Friday in St. Petersburg.
  5. Jakob Olmo, 4, of Kissimmee, explores the shallows at Clearwater Beach on Tuesday. While stingray season lasts from early spring to the fall, rays are often found in shallow water during the hot summer months.
  6. Erik Castillo, of North Andover, Massachusetts, traverses an area of rocks at Oasis Beach at Honeymoon Island State Park on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, the site of a $2 million beach renourishment project.
  7. Sand piles up along the John’s Pass boardwalk as seen on Thursday, June 16, 2022. This year's state budget included $1.5 million to dredge away the accumulation, which has hurt waterfront businesses and made the pass unsafe.
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