Paul Guzzo, General Assignment/Vintage Tampa Bay Reporter

Paul Guzzo

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.

O.J. Simpson ‘gettin’ even’ by targeting Pasco man who called him Khloe Kardashian’s father

Norman Pardo of Pasco County has made a documentary about O.J. Simpson and told reporters recently that the former NFL star is the father of television celebrity Khloe Kardasian. Simpson took to Twitter to deny the allegation. [Times]
Norman Pardo said the former NFL star is trying to discredit him on Twitter because of a documentary he is releasing.

Tampa Bay area starts to feel sting of Trump policies to reverse engagement with Cuba

For decades, Tampa’s Albert Fox advocates for greater engagement with Cuba through his Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy in Tampa. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
One option that would pull back further on relations is putting Cuba back among the handful of nations designated by the U.S. State Department as state sponsors of terror.

USF students seeking new answers to historic questions about Safety Harbor's Philippe Park

University of South Florida students dig one of 70 shovel pits they mapped out in Philippe Park as part of an archaeological excavation at the Safety Harbor site. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
With a Tocobaga village, a short-lived Spanish occupation, and a plantation established by a French military surgeon, the waterfront site stands as one of the most important historic sites in the...

Fifty-two years ago today, a police officer shot a black teen in the back. Then Tampa erupted.

Members of the youth group known as the White Hats help disperse a crowd that gathered after a women was stabbed during a family argument. The White Hats, brought together by leaders of the black community, helped calm the Central Avenue area following the 1967 riots. [Times file]
In 1967, three days of riots followed the death of a black teen shot by a white police officer.

Small productions create big impact with hundreds of new jobs in Hillsborough, Pinellas

The Blind Side’s Quinton Aaron stars as Santa Claus in the comedy Elfette Saves Christmas, now filming in the Tampa Bay area. [Courtesy of Skylar Junebug Photography]
With an end to the state incentive program, film crew and actors were moving to places like Hollywood and Atlanta. Now, the talent is staying put.