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. 

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.

Parts of Florida are experiencing several days of rain, which is expected in a state notorious for its afternoon thunderstorms. But May is supposed to be one of Florida’s driest months.

With the dry season experiencing this much rainfall, Floridians could face the threat of severe flooding when the rainy season starts.

A coalition of 50 homeowners presented a report to Sarasota County Commissioners on Wednesday suggesting potential land-uses surrounding Celery Fields, which is one of the most important bird-watching spots on Florida's Gulf Coast.

In November, after a split commission rejected plans to build a recycling center near the fields, the group was given six months to create a proposal for how the land should be used.

A Sarasota County School Board member had a tough time keeping his composure during an emotional apology at Tuesday's board meeting. 

In 2011, Gov. Rick Scott signed a law backed by the National Rifle Association that essentially stripped cities of their right to enact gun control regulations.

Seven years and a wave of political activism later, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman joins ten Florida cities suing the state in hopes to overturn the legislation.

Florida used to be the premier spot for Major League Baseball’s spring training, but a growing number of professional teams are heading to Arizona instead of the Sunshine State for their preseason workouts.

Florida beachgoers often imagine a day on the water. Colorful umbrellas peppered across the sand, the sound of waves foaming as they crash onto the shore and the inescapable smell of saltwater nipping at your senses.

Sometimes, instead of this picturesque scene, a sickening odor of dead fish wafts across empty beaches, local restaurants are closed because they can’t prepare seafood, and residents even experience trouble breathing. The culprit is red tide.

Pinellas County Schools face a massive budget deficit in the wake of new legislation spurred by the Parkland shooting.

The law requires school safety officers to be assigned to every public school in Florida.

No more computer models or projections. Finally – concrete data.

A scientific paper published in February may pave the way for a new conversation about rising sea levels using data instead of projections.