Carrie Pinkard

Carrie Pinkard is the Stephen Noble news intern for the summer 2019 semester. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in English, before heading to USF St Pete to pursue a master’s in journalism.

During her first year as a graduate student at USF St Pete, Pinkard worked as Features Editor for USFSP Connect, as a science journalism intern, and as a freelance writer. Next school year, she will be the Arts and Life Editor at The Crow’s Nest.

She hopes to become proficient in many different ways of telling stories, and to one day work as a multimedia journalist.

In the Tampa Bay area, one in six people suffers from depression.

One in twelve has a substance abuse disorder.

And there is only one mental health professional for every 700 people in Florida.

The city of Bradenton is considering forming a citizen review board to oversee its police department.

Wednesday morning at 9 a.m., the city council will meet for a workshop on the subject.

Governor Ron DeSantis was in the Tampa Bay area Monday to hail the state legislature's $10 million investment in computer science teachers across the state of Florida.

During his visit to Ridgecrest Elementary School in Largo, DeSantis said it's the largest one-time funding of these teachers in the nation.

For some high school students, summer is a time to relax. But for nearly one hundred Florida high school students, it's a time to study civics, thanks to a program from USF St Petersburg and the YMCA.
 

The pair partnered to create the Civics Fellows Program, a yearlong fellowship that immerses students in local government and public service.

An afternoon football practice turned tragic on Tuesday when a 14-year-old suddenly collapsed.

Tampa Police say the Middleton High School football team was just half an hour into conditioning drills when Hezekiah Walters fell to the ground. He was later pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital. 

Three Tampa Bay area communities will be able to make improvements thanks to their share of almost a million dollars in grants from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Lealman community in Pinellas County, the University Area in Tampa, and the city of Brooksville will each receive $300,000 to clean up contaminated properties and develop community projects.

Sixteen months ago, a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and opened fire.

He killed 17 people and injured 17 others.

David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez were among the students who survived the shooting. They’ve since turned the tragedy into an opportunity to advocate for gun violence awareness around the United States.

Threats to Florida elections are often so inconspicuous that people don’t notice them.

They exist behind the glowing light of your cellphone on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Pasco County’s Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley sent out a letter this week urging voters to be aware of possible cybersecurity threats ahead of the 2020 election.

After 30 years of working for the Hillsborough County School district, Superintendent Jeff Eakins announced Monday that he will retire.

His last day in the role will be June 30, 2020.

Hundreds of reptiles will be slithering into the Florida State Fairgrounds this weekend.

Leopard geckos, boa constrictors, and ball pythons are among the creatures guests can expect to see at Repticon. Reptiles will be sold at the event, but organizers urge people to think carefully before selecting one as a pet.

University of South Florida Health and Tampa General Hospital announced at Thursday's USF Board of Trustees meeting that they will be strengthening their partnership.

The two have been working together since the College of Medicine's creation in the early 1970’s, and TGH already serves as the official teaching hospital for USF. 

Events commemorating Friday as National Gun Violence Awareness Day will be held in St Petersburg, Lakewood Ranch and Tampa. But in Temple Terrace, the city council and mayor voted not to acknowledge the day at all.

“I am Thomas Dunn.”

This was the sentence that echoed through the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit’s (HART) board of directors meeting on Monday.

One by one, bus drivers walked up to the microphone and spoke about how the murder of their colleague had affected them.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Emergency management officials say it's important residents know which evacuation zone they live in. Florida residents should have an evacuation plan in place before a storm is on the radar. 

Hurricane season started June 1 and officials are sending out their annual message: it's imperative to know what to do before, during, and after a storm.

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