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.

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    One kitten is dead. Police are investigating.
  2. El partido que apoya al presidente Trump confía en abrirse camino para aumentar la participación en las elecciones de 2020
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    The boy, 2, was fatally injured when he was run over by an SUV on Tuesday. The woman’s daughter, also 2, died nearby in 2015.
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    The boy’s mother and grandmother realized too late that the child had gotten out of the house, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
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    The incident took place in the 1700 block of New Hampshire Avenue NE, according to St. Petersburg police.
  6. A tanker truck struck a semi-trailer truck nearly head-on Monday, killing a Zephyrhills man and shutting down a portion of U.S. 98 in Pasco County, authorities said.
    The Florida Highway Patrol doesn’t know why the tanker truck crossed the center line into opposing traffic. The tanker driver died at the scene.
  7. Mexican American Bea Castro poses for a photo next to a cardboard cutout of President Trump on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 in Tampa.
    Republicans are confident they can make in-roads in Florida’s diverse Latino communities to boost voter turnout in the 2020 election
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    The suspect said he planted explosives in a car outside a church, but investigators found it only had car parts inside
  9. Kreshae Humphrey, 27, allows her daughter, Nevaeh Soto De Jesus, 3, to help carry a shelf on Thursday, the day the family had to vacate their home in the Southern Comfort mobile home park in Clearwater.
    Almost everyone had left Southern Comfort and its disastrous sewage system behind. But would the last stragglers avoid being left homeless?
  10. A photo of Baudilio Morales Velásquez, a father of six and Guatemalan migrant who was badly injured and ended up in a coma after an encounter with Pinellas County sheriff's deputies on the night of Aug. 18. He died on Aug. 31. (Courtesy of the Morales family)
    Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says the “circumstances lined up just horrifically.”