Nada Blassy

Nada Blassy is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for summer 2018.

Having grown up in the Tampa area, Nada is passionate about telling community stories. She is now in her senior year, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, with a concentration in broadcast news. She is a multimedia journalist for Florida Focus, a USF news brief show, and a content creator for the USF Digital Network.

Nada is also fluent in Arabic, is a member of the Global Citizens Project at USF and is an Honors College student.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration has released a new preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) to reflect the flood risk of areas in Pinellas County with more accuracy.

A dead whale shark washed ashore this past weekend in Sanibel Island. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium scientists say it is not one of the two whale sharks they tagged in June.

Local scallop fans can now harvest bay scallops for a 10-day period in Pasco County.

With the new school year around the corner, members of Hillsborough County's Back-to-School Coalition are trying to ensure students get their immunization shots, even if they're not able to afford it.

University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft's salary during the 2016-17 fiscal year placed her among the nation's top 10 highest paid presidents at public universities, based on data released from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

St. Petersburg’s City Council voted down plans to move forward with the location of artist Janet Echelman’s net sculpture on Thursday by a 4-3 vote. The council plans to reassess another location for the large mesh artwork so it can still be part of the new Pier District.

Fresh Start for the Celery Fields, a group concerned about having development coexist with one of the birding areas in Sarasota County, chose four options to use the public land Wednesday. The group presented the picks to Sarasota County Commissioners.

The Fourth of July brought a lot of debris to shorelines from people celebrating both on land and on the water. Tampa Bay Watch will be trying to put things right during its post-4th Coastal Cleanup on Saturday.

There was disappointment Wednesday night because the annual fireworks shows at Tampa’s Riverwalk and St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront did not go as planned.

While Independence Day fireworks come with lots of bright colors and loud noises that wow humans, they also can create an unsafe environment for pets.

While Independence Day fireworks come with lots of bright colors and loud noises that wow humans, they also can create an unsafe environment for pets.

A letter of termination released by the Hernando County School Board this week outlines why former superintendent Lori Romano was fired. But some board members still have questions.

With Florida and St. Petersburg repeatedly ranking high for rates of HIV and AIDS, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) opened a new clinic on Monday near the Skyway Marina District.

An increase in whale shark sightings off the coast of Sarasota is helping Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium scientists learn more about them.

Advances in DNA technology are guiding police departments in Tampa Bay to identify suspects from small and dated samples. That’s helping law enforcement close cases that have been on the books for decades.

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