Gabrielle Calise - Social Trending Producer

Social Trending Producer

I’m proud to be a digital reporter and social media producer at my hometown paper. My favorite stories explore Florida history and provide context for local oddities, but I also report on breaking news and trends. I launched our community reporting project Florida Wonders and write stories that answer reader-submitted questions about the Tampa Bay area (Ask me anything you’ve been curious about, big or small, at I graduated from UF in 2018 and was a journalism fellow in Germany through the RIAS Berlin exchange program. When I’m not poking around in the Times’ archives, I can be found embroidering something or contemplating my love of breakfast foods. 

  1. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking for information about a man accused of killing a duck at a Town 'N Country apartment complex in Tampa. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.
    He used bread to lure the bird in before killing it. A complaint was filed with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
  2. This aerial view shows the Bayside Bridge looking towards St. Petersburg. DELIVER TO TED CTI- YEAR -END-6/2/93-CLEARWATER-AERIAL VIEW OF BAYSIDE BRIDGE LOOKING TOWARDS ST. PETERSBURG. Times photo by Fred Victorin.
    The trip between St. Pete and Clearwater can be a bouncy one. Here’s why.
  3. Virginia and Marrekia Jeffries of Foley, Ala., marry at the M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building in Pensacola on Jan. 6, 2015. In attendance was their niece, Tia'Miya Robinson, then 3 years old. The state of Florida recognized same-sex unions on Jan. 6, 2015, drawing couples from nearby as well as Floridian newlyweds.
    “It’s important to not be a second-class citizen,” one newlywed told the Times.
  4. What was life in Florida like without widespread air conditioning? This 1961 photograph offers a clue.
    Early Sunshine State residents had a number of ways to tolerate the heat.
  5. A woman peers at the manmade shrine on the wall of a building in Clearwater, Dec. 24, 1996. Thousands of people came to the area where an image of the Virgin Mary appeared on the windows.
    “Our Lady of Clearwater” appeared shortly before Christmas 1996 and drew hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to an office building off U.S. 19.
  6. This 1903 image shows a Florida East Coast Railway employee tries to control mosquitoes in Cape Sable.
    The pests delayed rocket launches, suffocated cattle and prompted one island postman to deliver mail in winter clothes.
  7. A 2018 image shows a Sloth Barre class at Barre Belle in Los Angeles. The increase in sloth popularity has encouraged more organizations to create sloth encounters, like barre and yoga classes, despite evidence that shows human interaction causes the animals stress. (Casey Rodgers/AP Images for POM Wonderful)
    Animal experts blasted a new sloth yoga encounter in Madeira Beach. A campaign to stop it has spread globally.
  8. WESH 2 News shared aerial video of a crew cleaning up the grapefruit spill on the Florida Turnpike Wednesday.
    Loose fruit created a traffic squeeze that was not appealing.
  9. FILE - This Nov. 1, 2018, file photo, shows the Google logo at their offices in Granary Square, London.
    Google search data reveals what topics people in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area were most curious about this year.
  10. Alligator Attraction started offering sloth yoga classes in November.
    Sloth yoga and other sloth activities are becoming more popular around the Tampa Bay area, but some say it puts the animals in peril.