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. 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.
    A wanted couple drove over a Plant City detective, authorities said. The manhunt ended when a suspect was shot and killed by a Polk County deputy.
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    The shooter was firing at vehicles, then wounded a farmworker. A Plant City officer returned fire and wounded the shooter, according to police.
  3. A single-engine plane skidded off the runway at Albert Whitted Airport on Tuesday, authorities said. No injuries were reported.
    The single-engine plane had flown in from Orlando Executive Airport. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
  4. Residentes de Bayshore Bulevard  han realizado vigilias y se han reunido para pedir soluciones al exceso de velocidad en la vía.
    “Trampa mortal”. Habitantes del sector están discutiendo cómo presionar a los funcionarios públicos para que hagan cambios. El martes se reunirán de nuevo.
  5. 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.
    Residents are discussing how to press public officials for changes. They’ll meet again Tuesday.
  6. Local activists rallied outside the St. Petersburg Judicial Building in downtown to support a fair impeachment process.
    About a dozen local groups rallied in downtown St. Petersburg to keep the focus on the president’s impeachment and urge a fair trial in the U.S. Senate.
  7. 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.
    Firefighters say the blaze originated at Szechuan House at 508 N Franklin.
  8. 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.
    The man had a legally obtained gun.
  9. 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.
    Parting is such sweet sorrow ⁠— unless you like stepping on pine needles. Here’s how to dispose of your Christmas tree based on where you live in the bay area.
  10. 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.
    They were one of the families that lost their mobile home when Southern Comfort’s owner shut down the Clearwater park in October.