Sam Newlon

Sam Newlon interning as a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news reporter for spring 2018.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Fla., Sam attended the University of Alabama before transferring to the University of South Florida to pursue a career in journalism. He is currently a junior who covers USF athletic programs as a staff writer for The Oracle, USF’s student newspaper.

Sam would like to become a sportswriter for a major sports media network and is interested in filmmaking. 

Florida voters headed to the polls Tuesday for the 2018 primary election.  

The University of South Florida’s Contemporary Art Museum is piloting a five-week photography program that has a unique group of students.

The class, called "Breaking Barriers," is small with just 15 participants, but they all have something in common - each student is a veteran.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri spoke at a press conference Tuesday to update the public about a recent controversial "stand your ground" case.

The news conference was supposed to include representatives from The Upper Pinellas County Ministerial Alliance and NAACP Clearwater, but they called before the event saying they would not attend. Gualtieri addressed the media alone.

The family of Markeis McGlockton urged authorities Tuesday to pursue a case against the man who shot and killed him last week.

Lakeland’s historic district, peppered with low-to-the-ground bungalow-style homes covered by a thick canopy of trees, could start to feel the effects of the city’s growing urban presence.

Prescribed burns are a part of precautions taken throughout Florida to prevent massive forest fires by clearing flammable debris from the ground. They are meant to keep people safe, but one such burn was quite the opposite.

In the Panhandle town of Eastpoint, one of these burns grew out of control on June 24 and burnt down 36 homes. 

After a year of policy changes designed to decrease rates of juvenile arrests, a report shows Hillsborough County made significant improvements keeping young people out of jail.

A USF professor rewrote a tasty part of Italian history after running tests on the inside of a 4,000 year-old jar found in a prehistoric settlement in Castelluccio, Italy.

It was a normal Hernando County School Board meeting until an off-agenda item was added at its conclusion.

For the first time in Hillsborough County, a drug dealer will face murder charges after deputies said a man overdosed on an opioid that was sold to him.

After months of negotiations, representatives from the Hillsborough County School District and Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association (HCTA) met at the HCTA building in West Tampa on Wednesday to sign a tentative agreement on teacher pay.

Even though Subtropical Storm Alberto only brushed the coast of Florida last month, at least one of its beaches experienced some significant damage.

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority displayed a 40-foot electric bus Wednesday. Even though the bus was running, the loudest part of the presentation was the rain falling outside and cars speeding past.

Despite only receiving 1.28 inches of rain during the first named storm of the season, Pasco County officials say they pulled out all the stops to test its preparedness.

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg announced a plan Wednesday to expand scholarship programs for students from Pinellas County.

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