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Paul Guzzo - General Assignment/Vintage Tampa Bay Reporter

General Assignment/Vintage Tampa Bay Reporter

I am a general assignment reporter with specific and varying niches – the local film industry, U.S.-Cuba relations, Tampa history, professional wrestling and the odd and unique people who make up this area. I have been a journalist in Tampa since 1999. In my younger years, I was also an independent filmmaker best known for an award-winning documentary on Charlie Wall, Tampa’s first crime lord. At home, I am married to a woman who is way out of my league and a father of four kids who have diverse career goals – engineer, veterinarian, ballerina, and a “fighting ninja.” As opposed to a pacifist ninja.

  1. Hillsborough County Superintendent Jeff Eakins, right, and  school board chair Tammy Shamburger speaks on newly raised concerns of a undiscovered cemetery for indigent African Americans that may be within the vicinity of King High School in Tampa on Friday.
    Much is unclear at this point, say Hillsborough school officials, who promise to be open and transparent with the community,
  2. Screenwriter Andy Warrener shows off a copy of his film "The Black String" available at a local Walmart.
    Andy Warrener went from Civil War reenactor to screenwriter. “The Black String” has two local screenings next week.
  3. Eunive Massey, 96, remembers workers digging up graves near a home where she lived on North Florida Avenue in the early 1930s. Ground penetrating radar may have confirmed her memories, but the caskets appear to remain behind at long-forgotten Zion Cemetery.
    A Tampa woman saw graves exhumed in the 1930s, but archaeologists just found caskets on the property. How can both be right?
  4. Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, has moved back to the Tampa Bay area where he achieved his own professional wrestling stardom in the 1970s. Johnson has released his autobiography, "Soulman: The Rocky Johnson Story."
    Rocky Johnson was Florida’s first African-American heavyweight pro wrestling champ. You can read about it in his new book.
  5. La antropóloga forense de la University of South Florida, Erin Kimmerle, arma un cráneo que podría haber sido de Amelia Earhart. [SANDRA C. ROA | University of South Florida]
    El ADN de un cráneo encontrado en 1940 podría probar si se ha encontrado de la famosa piloto.
  6. University of South Florida forensic anthropologist Erin Kimmerle pieces together a skull that might have been Amelia Earhart's.
    DNA from a skull found in 1940 could prove whether the famous aviator has been found.
  7. El legado del padre Cáncer ya se ha ganado el reconocimiento local. Su imagen aparece en un vitral de la Iglesia Católica Espíritu Santo de Safety Harbor.
    Ahora, el grupo ha solicitado la ayuda del obispo de la iglesia de San Petersburgo y otros para que el Vaticano otorgue oficialmente el estatus de mártir a Luis Cáncer.
  8. The graves of Caroline and Thomas Hicks are among nine found to have been moved out of the long-forgotten Zion Cemetery along North Florida Avenue. They were reburied in Memorial Park, believed to be the second African-American cemetery in Tampa.
    The story of the pioneer Tampa family might help explain the disappearance of the place where some 800 African-Americans were buried.
  9. Pasco County Fire Rescue firefighter Daniel Esteban Rebora, 32, was arrested at his fire station on 10 counts of possession of child pornography, according to deputies.
    The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said he had 10 videos depicting children being sexually assaulted on his phone. He is now on paid leave.
  10. Center: A 43-year-old fugitive wanted in Sarasota County for sexually battering a teenage girl he kept trapped in a room for 18 months there was captured in St. Petersburg on Friday, authorities said. Dwight Bainbridge, right, is now being held in the Pinellas County jail. His girlfriend, Jessica Bambrilla, 39, was also arrested in Sarasota County case in September.
    The girl said was kept trapped in a room and given a bucket to urinate in, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. His girlfriend was arrested months ago.