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.

Beams were installed to shore up the historic Jackson House. Now, they may hasten its fall.

Project archaeologist Jaime Rogers, 28, uses a 3D laser scanning device to collect data on the Jackson House in February. [LUIS SANTANA    |   Times]
The work of a digital analysis team shows that the wood stabilizers threaten to deform the walls of a building that once hosted visiting African-American celebrities.

Avengers: Endgame opens this week. How Tampa Bay helped create the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR..L to R: Okoye (Danai Gurira), Black Panther/T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlet Johansson) and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan)..Photo: Chuck Zlotnick..©Marvel Studios 2018
From Angela Bassett to Dave Bautista to off-screen production assistants, our local connections may surprise you.

Grisly crime scenes are her work place. Instagram loves it and a YouTube series is on the way.

Laura Spaulding uses replicas of a home interior at the Spaulding Decon warehouse to help train new workers. She uses pig's blood for the training. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Is it ethical to share the images? A competitor says no, but customers of Spaulding Decon agree to allow it knowing they'll remain anonymous.

Cuba travel restrictions coming, but flights and cruises from Tampa continue for now

Cuban and American flags hang in the atrium of the Carnival Paradise in June 2017 as the ship prepares for its inaugural cruise from Tampa to Havana. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times (2017)]
The Trump administration announced the changes this week, also opening the door to lawsuits against companies doing business there.

Mental illness or mob hit? Questions arise as man moves into home where family was slaughtered

Kurt Schleicher looks over one of several liquor  bottles found in the attic of his home in Ybor City. In 1933, Victor Lacata killed his parents and siblings there with an axe, but Schleicher questions whether it might really have been a mob hit. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
In 1933, Victor Licata killed his parents and siblings with an axe at their Ybor City home in a case that fueled the era’s anti-marijuana “reefer madness” campaign.