Carl Lisciandrello

Carl Lisciandrello is digital news editor of WUSF Public Media.

Carl has worked in the Tampa Bay media for nearly 40 years, starting as a clerk and part-time reporter in the Clearwater Sun sports department. He spent nearly 30 years in various positions at The Tampa Tribune and, eventually becoming digital editor before joining the Tampa Bay Times as digital news editor in 2016.

Carl is a New Jersey native who likely can be found near a beach, at church, anywhere near downtown Safety Harbor, or enjoying a cigar with his buddies. He is a University of Florida graduate.

Contact Carl at 813-974-8661, on twitter @carlmarksWUSF, or by email at

Forecasters are monitoring two tropical waves that could further develop later this week as they move west – and possibly toward the Gulf of Mexico.

After skirting the east coast of Florida throughout the weekend, Tropical Storm Isaias is poised to exit the state on a path to the Carolinas as a hurricane once again.

Portions of Florida's east coast are under a hurricane warning as Isaias has swelled into a hurricane that could further strengthen while threatening to brush the state this weekend.

Texas is bracing for heavy rains, strong winds and rough coastal surf as Tropical Storm Hanna is forecast to make landfall this weekend.

Update July 22: See here for the latest story on school reopening plans in the greater Tampa Bay region.

Four school districts in the greater Tampa Bay region are pushing to move their start dates back amid the coronavirus pandemic and concern from teachers.

Tropical Storm Fay, the sixth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, is poised to move through the mid-Atlantic before drenching the Northeast this weekend.

This week, St. Petersburg is celebrating the opening of the new Pier District on the city’s waterfront.

More people are being tested for coronavirus in Florida as cases spike across the state. This is causing a logjam, not only in getting tested, but also in receiving results.

It’s taken two years and held up by the coronavirus pandemic, but St. Petersburg residents will finally get their first official glimpse of the revitalized Pier District on the city’s waterfront.

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area of low pressure in the Florida Panhandle that is bringing humid conditions and could produce heavy rainfall in the greater Tampa Bay area to start the work week.

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Tampa on Thursday to discuss the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tampa Bay Comic Con will not be held next month.

Organizers announced the cancellation in a Facebook post on Wednesday, citing city officials' concerns about holding such a wide-scale gathering with the recent surge in coronavirus cases.

After warning of big budget vetoes because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday secured the fate of one major spending item: teacher pay increases. 

The Republican governor signed into law a measure that sets the stage for spending $500 million to try to boost the minimum salaries of classroom teachers to at least $47,500 and to give raises to veteran teachers.

The city of Tampa has canceled its Fourth of July fireworks show due to the rise in coronavirus cases.

Charges will not be filed against 67 Tampa protesters who were arrested and accused of unlawful assembly two weeks ago.

Police made more than 60 arrests and an officer was injured after protests in downtown Tampa turned violent Tuesday night.

The Tampa protests over the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police took place at the same time as a protest in downtown St. Petersburg that was relatively calm until late in the night, and largely peaceful protests in Riverview and Plant City.

Tropical Storm Cristobal strengthened overnight and made landfall in Mexico before turning to the north and emerging in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a system that has the potential to become the third named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for portions of South Carolina after the second named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season formed on Wednesday.

St. Pete Pride has canceled its 2020 event due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a news release.

There’s a better-than-average chance that the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will produce an above-average number of storms.

Some Catholics across Tampa Bay will soon be able to attend public Masses again. Just not on Sundays.

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa has announced plans to reopen to the public on May 15.

The opening of the St. Pete Pier has been delayed.

Hillsborough County on Tuesday partially activated its emergency operations center in response to concerns over coronavirus.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will be campaigning in Tampa just days before the Florida primary on March 17.

We now know the long-anticipated opening date for the St. Pete Pier.

Photo of People wearing facemasks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Martin Meissner / Associated Press

The Florida Department of Health announced the first two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the state on Sunday night, in Hillsborough and Manatee counties.

Tampa is in position to host its fourth NCAA Women’s Final Four.

The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee announced Monday that Tampa is a finalist for the tournament in 2025 and 2026.

MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa was placed on lockdown early Friday morning amid concerns of an armed suspect on or near the base. Authorities eventually learned there was no threat, but the incident had some residents fearing the worst.