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Kailyn Rhone - Breaking News Reporter

Breaking News Reporter

I knew journalism was my calling when I was overly excited waking up to a 2 a.m. phone call asking me to cover a breaking news story. Since then, I have found a love for culture, race, and feature reporting through managing a team of over 25 women of color worldwide for an online magazine. I’m a Florida native who attends Florida A&M University and enjoys binge-watching TikToks. As a health, environment, and breaking news reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, I am dedicated to providing a voice for underrepresented communities and addressing the unspoken issues surrounding them in hopes of creating change for future generations to come.

  1. Quynh-Nhu Dang, 18, pictured with her viola in the garden she takes care of in her backyard. Dang is starting her freshman year at the University of South Florida. The viola helped her overcome her fears about her skin. Studies show teens suffering from skin conditions can also experience anxiety and depression.
  2. Caulin Donaldson, 25, spends time at Indian Rocks Beach on July 28 recording video for his TikTok account @TrashCaulin as he documents the Red Tide crisis and resulting fish kills that have afflicted Tampa Bay's beaches and coastline. “The mission here is to let people know this is happening,” he said.
  3. Charlea Bing, 19, at an Aug. 5 Black Lives Matter protest outside Tampa Police Department headquarters.
  4. Volunteers use hand sanitizer at the University Area Community Center in Tampa as more than 600 families in need enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 20, 2020. Florida Blue announced Friday that it will invest $1.7 million to address poverty in North Tampa.
  5. A healthcare worker prepares the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a June 17 vaccination clinic held by the nonprofit Heart for the Homeless in Tampa.
  6. Catherine Zorn practices ballet at her dance studio in Tampa. Dance was a lifeline to the 17-year-old Wesley Chapel teen, one that was ripped away when the pandemic started in March 2020 and the studio shut down. By the summer, Catherine felt anxiety and depression take over. She started hurting herself. and had suicidal thoughts. Many other teens endured similar experiences during the pandemic.
  7. Catherine Coonfield, 67, poses for a portrait outside her Manatee County home. Coonfield had hepatitis C and believes she contracted it after undergoing a liver transplant in 1987.
  8. Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, backed by wildlife experts, marine business owners and politicians, talks about the state’s overall effort to combat the recent Red Tide outbreak plaguing Tampa Bay waters, during a press conference held at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. At this moment, the DeSantis was pushing back on a question from a reporter who said the St. Petersburg Mayor, Rick Kriseman accused the governor of politicizing Red Tide. In rebuttal, DeSantis said it was Kriseman who introduced politics into the Red Tide discussions.
  9. First lady Jill Biden talks with Dequitia Parker while she receives a COVID-19 vaccination by Nurse Lydia Passmore during a June 24 vaccination event Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  10. Jon Boyd, co-founder of KEEO Cares, smiles at the camera while holding his coloring book. He and two Tampa friends released the KEEO Community Coloring Book featuring 30 Tampa Bay sites and sights to help people get through the pandemic and its hardships.
  11. A driver speeds through a flooded street along Venetian Boulevard NE in the Shore Acres area of St. Petersburg in December 2018. Sunny day flooding could go from an occasional nuisance to a regular problem in the city, according to a new study. It projects that St. Petersburg might see inundation at high tide more than 60 times a year in the coming decades.
  12. Quest Diagnostics is teaming up with former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Warrick Dunn and several Tampa Bay nonprofits to provide free medical testing and other health services to those 18 and older at two clinics in Tampa this weekend.
  13. Moffitt Cancer Center has named Sarabdeep “Sabi” Singh as its new executive vice president and chief operating officer.
  14. Beach walkers walk along the sand on Pass-a-Grille the morning after Tropical Storm Elsa moved over the Tampa Bay Area on Wednesday.
  15. Tonja Johnson is the founder of Beautifully Unblemished, a support group for those with vitiligo, a condition that destroys the cells that produce melanin, causing white patches of skin that are especially noticeable on dark skin. Her group now has more than 175 members.
  16. People spend time at Ben T. Davis Beach where advisories warn beach-goers about Red Tide in the area after reports of fish kills along the bay on Wednesday in Tampa.
  17. Rob Asay, 53, and Amy Fetherston, 50, both of The Villages walk past dozens of dead fish scattered along the beach at Honeymoon Island State Park on June 16.
  18. The entrance to Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa.
  19. Layla Zephyrin, age 4, smiles after seeing her face painted by Isha Joseph during the Juneteenth Jam at the Northstar Academies on Saturday in St. Petersburg. Juneteenth was celebrated across Tampa Bay.
  20. Fuccillo Kia is known for its commercials.
  21. GCH CH Legacy Chenin Blanc with Evera — aka Miss Bliss — has earned several awards, all under the age of one (seven in dog years.) Now her owners are taking her talents to Saturday’s Westminster Kennel Club competition in Tarrytown, N.Y.