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Roberto Roldan

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Roberto Roldan is a reporter with WUSF News, after serving as an intern in spring 2016.

At that time, he was 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.

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Supervisors of elections throughout Florida are preparing for the upcoming election season, with the secruity of the voting process being a top priority.

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The Hillsborough County Republican Party held its annual Lincoln Dinner fundraising on Saturday, giving candidates an opportunity to make their pitch to local donors and political operatives.

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To many people, the F.W. Woolworth building on East Franklin Street looks like just another empty red brick building abundant in that area of downtown Tampa.

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The history of the Gulf of Mexico is often times relegated to the footnotes in history textbooks.

It’s a wrong that historian Jack Davis said he hopes to make right in his latest book, “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.”

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The newly renovated Julian B. Lane Riverfront park opened on the west bank of the Hillsborough River over the weekend to a lot of fanfare.

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn painted a picture of a growing city with new challenges during his final State of the City address as mayor on Friday morning.

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Housing advocates are calling on local politicians to make more funding for affordable housing a priority in the 2018 elections.

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Voters in Northeastern Polk County will head to the polls on Tuesday for a special election to replace former state Representative Neil Combee.

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When Lakeland resident Judy Smith walks by Munn Park she isn't bothered by the 26-foot tall Confederate Monument.

She's heard other people say it is racist or that it symbolizes slavery. But when Smith looks at the Confederate soldier on top of the marble memorial, that's not what she sees.

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The Hillsborough County Democratic Party's spring fundraiser on Saturday was abuzz with talk of a "blue wave," a "blue tsunami" and a "fall frenzy."

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Elected leaders in Hillsborough County were in the hot seat Monday night, asked to commit on the spot to action on community issues.

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Former ambassador Vicki Huddleston criticized the contraction of U.S.-Cuba relations under President Donald Trump and called for more engagement at a talk on Friday.

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn wants to divest the city's employee pension fund from companies that make guns and ammo.

 

A recent staff review found that about $300,000 of the more than $800 million pension portfolio is linked to these kind of companies, according to city spokesperson Ashley Bauman. The decision to divest is ultimately up to the seven-member retirement board that oversees Tampa's employee pension fund.

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Tampa strip club owner and cancer patient Joe Redner can use medical marijuana he grows on his own, a Leon County Circuit judge ruled Wednesday.

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Susana Matta Valdivieso was hiding in a dark classroom when a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam made his pitch for governor before a group of civic leaders in Tampa Friday morning.

Putnam laid out his vision for education reform before taking questions from the audience at Cafe Con Tampa. He called for increased funding for technical colleges and vocational training in Florida's middle and high schools.

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As gubernatorial candidates start ramping up their primary campaigns, Democrat Philip Levine made a stop in St. Petersburg to gauge students' priorities.

Levine sat in a circle with about a dozen students at St. Petersburg College on Thursday, fielding questions about gun control, environmental protection and student debt.  He calls these intimate events "campus conversations."

Levine touted his record as the former mayor of Miami Beach, telling students he has acted on the issues that matter most to young people.

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Confederate flags and memorials have become a point of political controversy in Tampa Bay and beyond.

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The campaign to rally local support for an Ybor City baseball stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays is gearing up.

Chuck Sykes of Sykes Enterprises and lawyer Ron Christaldi said 100 local civic and business leaders have already signed on to support a Rays stadium in Ybor. Sykes and Christaldi are in charge of Tampa Bay Rays 2020, an organization focused on drumming up community support for the stadium move.

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Employees of the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa took to the streets Tuesday to protest the large number of job vacancies in the VA system.

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Madison Vogel had never organized a protest before.

But following the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, the Osceola High School senior got together with 35 other Pinellas County students and created a companion event to a national march against gun violence.

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A Tampa firefighter who recently won a federal lawsuit against the city is speaking out about workplace harassment.

Tanja Vidovic was awarded $245,000 in December. The court decided she was discriminated against because she was pregnant and then retaliated against when she complained.

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Civil rights groups are renewing a call to equip St. Petersburg police officers with body cameras.

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Public transportation has always been an issue in Wimauma, a spread-out, traditionally agricultural community in south Hillsborough County. 

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After more than a year of waiting, Fabiana Dragonetti finally became a U.S. Citizen on Friday.

Dragonetti, who immigrated from Brazil, took her Oath of Allegiance in Riverview alongside 57 other women from more than 25 countries. 

Tampa Electric is planning to build a $75 million solar farm in East Pasco County.

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A former Tampa Bay Rays physician will not face criminal charges after being fired when a woman accused him of sexual abuse in January.

The St. Petersburg Police Department started its investigation of Michael Reilly after a former employee made the accusations in a 10-minute-long YouTube video. The video detailed allegations of abuse that the woman claimed happened when she was a teenager working at Reilly’s St. Petersburg practice nearly 10 years ago.

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Tampa Bay Beer Week kicked off over the weekend, bringing in brewers and aficionados from across the country.

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Since the Parkland school shooting, sixteen-year-old Alex Barrow says Hillsborough High School has an environment of fear.

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Students across Tampa Bay are expected to participate in a national school walkout on March 14 - the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.

Many Tampa Bay schools are letting staff help students organize events, rather than punishing them for missing class or disrupting campus.

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