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.

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    The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office believes the man tried to kill the woman, then shot and killed himself.
  2. Tampa's Middleton High School was the scene of numerous fights Tuesday afternoon which led to the arrests of six students.
    Extra Tampa police officers were called in to help calm the campus. Two students ended up in the hospital.
  3. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer drops from a helicopter during a training exercise off Honeymoon Island State Park in 2012.
    The bizarre threat and fakes calls for help are being transmitted over marine radio. It sounds like the same man, the Coast Guard said.
  4. Jesse Mayer, 35, faces charges of boating under the influence manslaughter, vessel homicide, child neglect, reckless operation of a vessel and violation of navigation rules, according to deputies.
    Jesse Mayer, 35, is also a charter boat captain who had a 9-year-old girl onboard when the collision took place, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
  5. Jesse Mayer, 35, faces several charges, including BUI manslaughter, vessel homicide, child neglect, reckless operation of a vessel and violation of navigation rules.
    The Redington Beach man faces several charges.
  6. A photo of Baudilio Morales Velásquez, a father of six and Guatemalan migrant who was badly injured and ended up in a coma after an encounter with Pinellas County sheriff's deputies on the night of Aug. 18. He died on Aug. 31.
    Baudilio Morales Velásquez was a migrant who came to Clearwater to help his family in Guatemala. One night, he ran from deputies who stopped him. He ended up in a coma.
  7. Robert Krysztofowicz is seen in this 2016 photo visiting the South of France. The 56-year-old grandfather was killed on Aug. 30 when his Jet Ski was struck by a 37-foot boat in the Intracoastal Waterway just north of the Tom Stuart Causeway in Madeira Beach.
    Robert Krysztofowicz’s family remembered his passion for life and creative pursuits. He was killed when a boat crashed into his Jet Ski in the Intracoastal Waterway.
  8. Boats tossed about by Hurricane Dorian are scattered across the ground in a Coast Guard image from the Bahamas. Four helicopters from the Clearwater station were sent to the islands before the hurricane hit.
    They were evacuated from Marsh Harbour Clinic in Andros Island.
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    He was riding a bike when he was shot after a confrontation with a group in a car.
  10. Check for the latest breaking news and updates.
    He was found lying on the side of the road. Now police are investigating his death.