Peter Talbot - NOW Desk Reporter

NOW Desk Reporter

I’m an intern covering breaking news in the Tampa Bay area. I come from the cornfields of Indiana, where I study journalism as a senior at Indiana University. My favorite stories are complicated ones that tell us more about what it means to be human today. Though I reluctantly grew up in the Midwest, my family spent a few years in Jacksonville. I remember body surfing the waves of the Atlantic and walking along the water in search of shark teeth. As a newbie to the Gulf Coast, I’m excited to enjoy the soft beaches and boring — I mean calm — water. In the past, I’ve worked as an intern at NPR on the business desk in Washington, D.C., and as a breaking news intern at the Oregonian in Portland. When I’m not working, I’m probably playing Animal Crossing or trying to learn to skateboard.

  1. Investigators work on the Howard Frankland Bridge on Thursday after two teens fled from an attempted traffic stop, crashed and then jumped into Tampa Bay. One died, the other was seriously injured. [PETER TALBOT  |  Times]
  2. A high-speed chase onto the Howard Frankland Bridge ended with a crash and two men jumping into the water. One was rescued and the other found dead, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. [PETER TALBOT  |  Times]
  3. Tampa police chief Brian Dugan addresses members of the media in a Thursday press conference about the July 30 shooting spree where five people, including a police officer, were injured. [PETER TALBOT  |  Peter Talbot]
  4. Someone spattered red paint across parts of a Back the Blue mural on Madison Street outside Tampa Police Department headquarters. [IVY CEBALLO  |  Times]
  5. Police supporters took it upon themselves Saturday to block traffic and paint a Back the Blue mural on Madison Street outside Tampa Police Department headquarters. [Drone's above the Bay]
  6. Graham Ivan Clark, 17, of Tampa, was arrested Friday on 30 charges. Authorities say he was the "mastermind" of a July 15 Twitter hack scheme which gave him and two others access to the high-profile accounts of Bill Gates, Barack Obama and many other celebrities with millions of followers. At left is a message sent when Apple's Twitter account was hacked. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office | Twitter]
  7. Florida's coronavirus numbers were beginning to spike again when people gathered June 14 at a bar along Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. Less than two weeks later, the state ordered bars to stop selling alcohol. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  8. Patrons are seen outside Tangra Nightclub in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 14, 2020 in the Ybor City area of Tampa  [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  9. Victoria Price, an investigative reporter for WFLA-Ch. 8, almost disregarded a cryptic email she received from a viewer last month warning her she might have cancer. But the viewer was right. [Photos courtesy Victoria Price]
  10. People wait to be called inside Tuesday afternoon at the Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s Office in Drew Park. [JONAH HINEBAUGH  |  Times]
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  13. Calvary Baptist Church pastor Willy Rice speaks during a video posted to the church's Facebook page announcing its services would go back to online-only after staff tested positive for COVID-19. [Facebook]
  14. Janiah Hinds, 16, left, and sister Joelle, 13, have launched separate internet businesses that rely on their designs. Janiah has Slay it Proud T-shirts and Joelle a line of press-on nails. [JONAH HINEBAUGH  |  Times]
  15. Visitors walk along the 26 acre, $92 million St. Petersburg Pier District, Monday, July 6, 2020 s the pier opened to he public.  [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  16. The signature sculpture of the new $92 million dollar St. Petersburg Pier, "Bending Arc" by renown artist, Janet Echelman is seen lit up on Tuesday June 30, 2020 in the Pier District. [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times]
  17. Three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit Tampa-based Trademark Metals Recycling, alleging violations of the federal Clean Water Act and Florida stormwater permits at six scrap yards including operations in Tampa. [Times (2005)]
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  21. Jason Stuart Flores, far right, a St. Petersburg activist, faces charges including criminal mischief in connection with a confrontation Saturday during a protest near Hyde Park Village. Flores is shown here during a June 13 Black Lives Matter demonstration in Tampa. [Courtesy of Alicia Norris]
  22. Pro wrestler-turned-movie star Dave Bautista, left, and pro wrestler-turned philanthropist Thaddeus Bullard — known in the ring as Titus O'Neil, right — lead demonstrators in Saturday's "Love Walk" march in solidarity for racial equality across Tampa. Here they cross the Madame Fortune Taylor Bridge. [IVY CEBALLO  |  Times]
  23. There was a harrowing altercation between a driver and protesters during Saturday evening's march. One protester was taken into custody and a driver who tried to go through the crowd was allowed to leave by police. [Restorative Justice Coalition]