Roberto Roldan

News Intern

Roberto Roldan was a WUSF News intern in the Spring of 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.

Mort Elementary School is one of Tampa’s lowest-performing elementary schools situated in one the most troubled neighborhoods in Hillsborough County.

In 25 years though, officials are hoping it will be a model of success.

Chef Greg Baker
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 The Seminole Heights neighborhood, once dotted with car repair shops, has become a key player in the growth of Tampa's culinary and craft beer scene.

Greg Baker has been at the forefront of the transformation in the now-trendy historic neighborhood. And he recently brought an additional boost of national attention to the area by receiving his fifth nomination for a James Beard Award, the Grammys of the food business.

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The U.S. Department of Justice released a long-awaited report Wednesday morning that found Tampa Police unfairly stopped and ticketed black bicyclists as part of its bike stop program.

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St. Petersburg Police made an arrest early this morning in the death of a St. Petersburg teenager who was killed in his driveway on his 18th birthday Wednesday. 

Courtesy of Wannemacher Jensen Architects, Inc.

Thursday, March 31 was the last day for Tampa Bay area residents to make suggestions on the amenities and activities that will be offered in the area approaching the new St. Petersburg Pier.

The Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Officials at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts are looking to upgrade the center’s building, as well as its image.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

A wrong-way crash in Seffner on Friday left one man dead and another injured.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won big over opponent Bernie Sanders in Tuesday's Florida primary, but Sanders supporters didn't seem all that worried though.

At a Sanders election watch part at the Edge of 9 bar in downtown St. Petersburg, the crowd was energetic. They seemed to break out into "Bernie" chants almost at random. As Sanders might put it, they were "Feeling the Bern."

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Despite minor delays getting polls open in a few counties, turnout for today's primary voting in Florida is expected to be heavy and steady throughout the day.

In addition to the possibility of a historic number of voters going to the polls, Secretary of State Ken Detzner says a record number of absentee and early voting ballots have been cast ahead of Tuesday.

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Several thousand people crowded into the Tampa Convention Center Monday afternoon, as Donald Trump made his second local appearance ahead of the Florida presidential primary.

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Chelsea Clinton held a get out the vote rally in downtown St. Petersburg Friday afternoon in support of her mother and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

At the intimate event at the local coffee shop (swah-rey), Clinton set her event apart from other recent Tampa Bay political rallies by sitting on stage and speaking to the crowd in a conservational tone.

She told the roughly 100 people at the event about her mother's ability to work with Republican's to pass key legislation.

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders concluded a state tour Thursday night at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. An estimated crowd of 9,000 packed the Expo Hall to hear the Vermont senator in this final push to Tuesday's presidential primary.

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The Atlanta Braves could soon spend a few months of the year in southern Sarasota County if officials have their way.

Sarasota County Administrator Tom Harmer sent an email to Sarasota County Commissioners Monday informing them about a proposal to bring the team to North Port for spring training. The West Village Improvement District made the bid for the team.

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The Firestone Grand Prix kicks off in St. Petersburg on Friday, and restaurants and hotels already are stocking up and selling out.

HART

When Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) officials look into the future, they see riders tapping preloaded smart cards as they get on the bus.

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Police Chief Anthony Holloway announced new initiatives on Tuesday to curb gun violence.

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority

A project to put two elevated toll lanes on Gandy Boulevard in Tampa is taking a step toward reality after decades of debate and false starts.

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Two much-talked-about bills in the Senate are moving forward, but may be threatened in the House. 

A bill to allow concealed carry permit holders to bring guns into an airport terminal passed the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Tuesday morning. The concealed carry bill, sponsored by Sen. Wilton Simpson, R- New Port Richey, would only apply to the non-secure side of the airport. It would not allow those planning to get on a flight to carry a weapon.

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A raucous sell-out crowd greeted Donald Trump Friday night at the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida in Tampa. An estimated 10,000 people filled the arena to capacity, while several thousand others were turned away at the gate.

Ted Murphy

Lawmakers are a step closer to approving a gambling compact made between Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

The House Regulatory Affairs Committee Tuesday advanced the compact that would expand gambling for the Seminole Tribe and for casinos in South Florida. The deal, which needs approval from the Legislature, guarantees the Seminole Tribe would pay $3 billion to the state over the next seven years.

The committee also passed an amendment proposed by Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami. It would shift future approval of gambling expansion to voters statewide.

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