Roberto Roldan

Roberto Roldan is a senior at the University of South Florida pursuing a degree in mass communications and a minor in international studies.

He has previously worked with the Tampa Bay Times, WMNF and The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal, where he covered the wedding ceremonies in Kentucky of plaintiffs in the historic same-sex marriage case before the U.S. Supreme Court. In Tampa, he's covered everything from violent crime in Tampa’s university neighborhoods to the local music scene.

When he's not out reporting, Roldan enjoys seeing local bands and spending time in the outdoors.

Governor Rick Scott is sweeping through Tampa this week, making a final appeal to voters ahead of next Tuesday's midterm election.

Governor Rick Scott is sweeping through Tampa this week, making a final appeal to voters ahead of next Tuesday's midterm election.

Early in the morning, before the University of South Florida became abuzz with students hurrying off to class, Liz Lennox was sorting through five pages of candidates and amendments.

This week on Florida Matters we discuss the key races in the upcoming general election and the power wielded by voters in the Interstate 4 corridor.


With voting day only a week away, Florida's midterm election is shaping up to be another nail-biter.

To help you understand how the Tampa Bay area will influence this year's big races, WUSF's Robin Sussingham sat down with political analyst and USF Professor Emerita Susan MacManus. MacManus said the youngest voters - Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z - are likely to decide this election, whether they show up to the ballot box or not. And the I-4 corridor remains a strong predictor for how the rest of the state will vote.

Lakeland City Commissioner Michael Dunn has resigned less than four days after a grand jury indicted him on charges of second-degree murder.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum's meeting in Tampa Sunday night turned into more of a brawl than a debate.

Following the success of the  1963 March on Washington, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists set their sights on organizing another large protest in the nation's capital, this one for the rights of the poor.

Lakeland City Commissioner Michael Dunn on Friday was indicted on charges of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Christobal Lopez on Oct. 3.

The Muslim community in the Tampa Bay area is one of the largest in the state, and local politicians got the opportunity to make their pitches to them on Saturday.

Local and state officials held a ceremonial ribbon cutting Friday to celebrate the TECO Line Streetcar System going fare-free for the next three years.

Amid negotiations for a new stadium in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Bay Rays are buying the St. Petersburg-based Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer team.

A University of South Florida student is speaking out about his past in the white nationalist movement.

Scott Ernest, an undergraduate student in public health at USF Tampa, said he first got involved in the movement online in 2004 and eventually moved to Montana to join a white nationalist organization. Now, Ernest advises young people who are thinking about leaving the alt-right, particularly those who are LGBT.

It’s been a year since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico. Recovery continues on the devastated island, but transitions are also happening here in Florida, where many residents evacuated and some have chosen to stay.

The federal government is reimbursing Florida schools that took in thousands of Puerto Rican children displaced by Hurricane Maria.

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