Kavitha Surana - General Assignment Reporter

General Assignment Reporter

I cover everything that happens after dark in the Tampa Bay area — and then some. I love being a reporter because it means my job is to ask questions and to talk to people from all walks of life. I’m always working to uncover the stories behind the “story” and hold powerful institutions to account. When I’m not out reporting in the community, you can usually find me digging into public records or scouring the internet for sources. My past reporting has taken me to some far-flung places, from Italy and Germany to Rwanda and the U.S.-Mexico border. Now my energy is focused on getting to know the hidden pockets of Tampa Bay. If you’d like to teach me something about this area — maybe show me a day in your life or tell me about something that’s not right in your community — drop me a line at You can also reach me securely on Signal at 646-463-1817. También puedes contactarte conmigo en español.

  1. Roy Lampkin, left, David Dobbins and Christopher Rachell are charged in connection with a caper that resulted in a CVS in Clearwater being held up by robbers.
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  5. Clifford Jeudy, 47, pictured at the end of the pier where he goes to clear his mind near his home in Carrollwood. "It's were I decompress," Jeudy said. "Like no computer, no social media or nothing. It's just quiet. It's real perfection." Jeudy says he suffered post-traumatic stress disorder because of the graphic content he was exposed to while working as a content moderator for Cognizant Technology Solutions, a Facebook contractor. He said he watched gruesome videos and saw a coworker suffer a fatal heart attack while on the job. He has filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook and Cognizant.
  6. Julin Nichols, 30, faces a charge of video voyeurism, according to St. Petersburg police.
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  8. A couple accused of running over a Plant City police detective on Wednesday were both shot by a Polk deputy trying to arrest them hours later, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Aaron Phillips, 31, left, was fatally injured in the shooting. April Thompson, 36, right, was wounded and hospitalized.
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  10. A single-engine plane skidded off the runway at Albert Whitted Airport on Tuesday, authorities said. No injuries were reported.
  11. Residentes de Bayshore Bulevard  han realizado vigilias y se han reunido para pedir soluciones al exceso de velocidad en la vía.
  12. About 100 people gathered on Bayshore Blvd in remembrance of George Gage who was tragically killed at Bayshore Boulevard and West Julia Street. Organizers of the event asked attendees bring a single shoelace to be tied together to symbolize their unity and honor George. After shoelaces were joined together attendees briefly stopped traffic on Bayshore blvd on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020  in Tampa.
  13. Local activists rallied outside the St. Petersburg Judicial Building in downtown to support a fair impeachment process.
  14. Tampa Fire Rescue responded to 508 N Franklin St. for a report of a fire which required a three alarm fire response to prevent the blaze from spreading to nearby businesses. Firefighters contained the fire but was working to prevent the fire from spreading on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 in Tampa.
  15. The aftermath of an attempted home robbery in western Hillsborough County that resulted in two teens being shot on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. One of the teens died.
  16. How to dispose your Christmas tree depends on where you live in Tampa Bay. But before you do so, make sure you take off all the decorations.
  17. Eric Soto De Jesus, 26, and Kreshae Humphrey, 26, pose with their children, Navaeh Soto De Jesus, 3; Leilani Soto De Jesus, 17 months; and Erica Soto De Jesus, 5 months; outside their new home. The family was getting ready to get out and explore their new town, on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 in Tarpon Springs.
  18. Richard Ellis Spurrier, 67, was booked into Pinellas County Jail on Saturday for handing out marijuana, police said.
  19. Ralph Perkins, 50, faces a charge of making a written threat to conduct a mass shooting, according to Tampa police.
  20. Nearly 300 people attended a pro-impeachment, anti-Trump rally held Tuesday at North Straub Park in St. Petersburg.
  21. Unidentified mourners gather for a candlelight vigil in memory of Bradley Hulett, 15, held at Park Square Plaza in the Fish Hawk Ranch community in Lithia, Florida on Monday, December 16, 2019. Hulett was fatally shot at the home of a Tampa Police Officer last Friday according the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
  22. St. Pete assistant police chief Antonio Gilliam speaks during a news conference Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 in St. Petersburg. Gilliam will be Tallahassee’s next police chief.
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