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Divya Kumar - Hillsborough County Community Reporter

Hillsborough County Community Reporter

I'm an editorial assistant/community reporter eager to hear your story. I was born in Indiana, but have called Florida home for a little over a decade and am fascinated by the stories big and small that make up our state. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper, and joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. If you have a story you'd like us to know of, please reach out.

  1. After receiving multiple calls and emails from residents, Tampa City Council chairman Luis Viera wrote a letter to AMC’s corporate management asking to discuss the New Tampa theater.
    City Council Chairman Luis Viera wrote to AMC corporate headquarters asking to discuss the theater’s upkeep.
  2. Veronica Taylor, (second from left) poses for a portrait with one-year-old Dorsett Reynolds, her daughter Amani Taylor, 10, son Ernest Bogan III, 12, and Muriah Reynolds, 4, at the Centre for Girls in Tampa.
    The mother of an autistic preteen, 10-year-old and now two foster children wants to make her kids’ dreams a reality.
  3. Jocelyn Lester, 54, left, of Tampa chops up garlic while working on her salsa recipe during Chef Rick Ceglio, right, culinary class at the Italian Club in the Ybor City.
    Feeding Tampa Bay’s job training program aims to help reduce barriers to entry in the workforce
  4. The Plant High School track, which runs behind the grandstand of Dad's Stadium, will be resurfaced with asphalt. More than 60 trees lining the track were considered for removal.
    How close were more than 60 trees lining the Plant High School track to being cut down? It depends on whom you ask.
  5. Phase 1A of the project includes closing W Cass Street from N Willow Avenue to N Boulevard.
    A stormwater system improvement project has resulted in fewer customers frequenting Cass Street businesses in North Hyde Park.
  6. Dr. Philip Adler treated generations of Tampa children, including Hannah Millman, who was 2 years old at the time of this visit.
    The Tampa pediatrician also played a prominent role in desegregating local hospital care.
  7. (From left) Monica Ruiz, Juliana Pineda and Paulette Latimer share a laugh during the Women Building Futures Graduation Celebration held at Hillsborough Community College South Shore campus in Ruskin, Florida on Thursday, October 17, 2019.
    The program is a 15-week course at Hillsborough Community College designed to help women advance in the construction industry.
  8. Messiah Davis, 19 months old, choked on hamburger meat while at a South Tampa child care center and lost oxygen to his brain. He died four days later. His mother has filed a wrongful death suit.
    Felicia Davis has filed a wrongful death suit, saying Kiddie Kollege failed to save her child and questioning why he was fed hamburger.
  9. The Ruskin Seafood Festival and Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts have merged. The event will run over two days this weekend at E.G. Simmons Park.
    The Ruskin Seafood Festival and Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts have merged. The event will run over two days this weekend at Ruskin’s E.G. Simmons Park.
  10. Caribbean Twist opened this summer at 3328 W Columbus Drive.
    West Tampa siblings hope to bring Cuban food with flair from other island cuisines