Julio Ochoa

Julio Ochoa is editor of Health News Florida.

He comes to WUSF from The Tampa Tribune, where he began as a website producer for TBO.com and served in several editing roles, eventually becoming the newspaper’s deputy metro editor. 

Julio was born and raised in St. Petersburg, and received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and worked at a paper in Greeley, Colo., before returning to Florida as a reporter and as breaking news editor for the Naples Daily News.

Contact Julio at 813-974-8633, on Twitter at @julioochoa or email julioochoa@wusf.org.

A bird that migrates more than 9,000 miles from the Arctic to the southern tip of South America, is encountering problems when it stops over in the Tampa Bay area.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating its flood zone maps in the Tampa Bay area and the changes could affect thousands of home and business owners.

Children registering for school in Florida this year were asked to reveal some history about their mental health.

The new requirement is part of a law rushed through the state legislature after the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Enthusiastic supporters of President Donald Trump packed the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa for a rally on Tuesday night.

Trump was there to endorse gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, who he called "a tough, brilliant cookie" and predicted a win in his race against Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the state's Aug. 28 Republican primary. 

Sen. Bill Nelson wants the Federal Trade Commission to investigate a company that operates the SunPass electronic toll system.

Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law has come into play again after an unarmed man was shot to death outside a convenience store in Clearwater on Friday.

Sen. Bill Nelson was in Tampa on Monday to announce an endorsement from former Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Rossello.

With hurricane season here, authorities say residents should know whether they live in an evacuation zone, so they know when it’s time to leave.

A Tampa Company has received approval to start clinical trials on a new form of gene therapy to treat cancerous tumors.

A crane at a construction site in St. Petersburg this morning fell, nearly crushing at least one worker.

The same company that designed a pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Miami also designed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and the elevated portion of the Selmon Expressway in Tampa.

Southeastern Grocers announced plans to close 94 stores, including 10 Winn-Dixie stores in the Tampa Bay area.

  Transparency is the new buzzword in health care with consumer demand fueling changes to state laws and giving birth to websites that publish prices for medical procedures.

WUSF partnered with WLRN in Miami to launch their own database called PriceCheck. But we're not the only game in town.