Yoselis Ramos

Producer, StoryCorps Tampa Bay

Yoselis Ramos has been with WUSF since Fall 2010. She's reported on various Tampa Bay stories ranging from transportation issues such as bicycle safety, to keeping up with public forums and city/county official meetings, to the exciting things happening right in your neighborhood.

Now, she's producing StoryCorps Tampa Bay, a collection of home-grown stories that were recorded at the StoryCorps booth in St. Petersburg in early 2014.

She's currently a 2015 candidate for a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in secondary education and gerontology.


12:27 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

First Black USF Faculty Member's Story in Library of Congress

Henrietta Smith was the first African-American faculty member at USF.
The HistoryMakers

Poet Maya Angelou, actress Ruby Dee and even President Barack Obama have something in common. They've all participated in The History Makers project--the country's largest African American collection of video interviews capturing the struggles and achievements of the black experience.Those 2,600 HistoryMakers videos have a new home--the Library of Congress.

It was 1985 when Henrietta Smith was the first African-American faculty member at the University of South Florida at the School of Library Science.  

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9:19 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

TB History Center Showcases Florida Highwaymen Art

Artist: Isaac Knight
Tampa Bay History Center

Back in the 1950s and '60s, a group of African-Americans, known as the Highwaymen, sold Florida landscape paintings to locals and tourists on the side of the road. The paintings were sold for only a few bucks at the time but after the '90s, their value soared. The Tampa Bay History Center is showcasing these prized paintings.

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4:38 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Tampa City Council: Bye-Bye Bro Bowl

The approved almost $7 million Perry Harvey Sr. Park redevelopment plan includes demolishing and replicating the Bro Bowl skateboarding park.
Credit Yoselis Ramos / WUSF

Tampa City Council unanimously approved close to $7 million for the redevelopment of the Perry Harvey Senior Park in Downtown. The approved plan includes demolishing the Bro Bowl skateboarding park.

Demolishing the Bro Bowl has been a long debated issue but the vote took less than ten minutes.

Councilman Frank Reddick said it is time to move things along.

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7:41 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Gov. Scott, Reporters Duel Over Questions

Governor Rick Scott held a media availability after a hurricane preparedness press conference in which both the governor and the reporters got a bit testy.
Credit Tessa Wiseman / WUSF

Gov. Rick Scott dodged questions on Monday at a campaign event in Largo about a recent  campaign stop in Tampa, to which on-duty police officers were invited. Then on Tuesday, when Scott was in Tampa on official business on hurricane preparedness, reporters again asked him questions outside that topic.

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6:10 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Surplus Medical Supplies to Help Syrian Refugees

The 40-foot container will hold materials such as dialysis machines, ventilator machines, and chest tubes.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

A 40-foot container with a $100,000 worth of medical supplies will be leaving Tampa on Friday. It's headed to Turkey, where it will then be distributed to field hospitals inside Syria that treat refugees and others.

USF student Noor Shakfeh, a Syrian-American, is collaborating with the non-profit Advocates for World Health (AWH) to bring a container with medical supplies, like dialysis and ventilator machines, to the Syrian American Medical Society.

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1:03 am
Wed July 2, 2014

First Adoptive Community of its Kind in Florida

New Life Village is a community for people about to adopt, have adopted, or want to serve as surrogate grandparents to children who have been adopted from foster care.
Yoselis Ramos WUSF

There was a time when community meant more than cookie-cutter houses with manicured lawns. Children not only responded to parents but their neighbors too. A helpful neighbor was always just a phone call or a few yards away. Recreating that sense of community is the goal of one Tampa community for adoptive families.

New Life Village is a community for people - whether it's a single parent or an empty-nest couple - looking to adopt foster care children. Even older adults can be a part of the community as surrogate grandparents.

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10:50 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Greenlight Forum Turns into Red Light for Audience Questions

Advertising on the back of a Pinellas County bus.
Credit Lottie Watts / WUSF Public Media

Four Tampa Bay area mayors met for a public forum to show their unified support for the Greenlight Pinellas campaign. In November, Pinellas County voters will be asked to raise their sales tax to pay for more buses and a light rail system.

But the "public" forum didn’t quite live up to its billing, because the mayors did not take questions from the audience nor did they go into detail about the referendum.

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Off The Base
3:50 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Latest Research Showcased at Haley VA Hospital

Veteran Ty Edwards can stand up from his motorized wheelchair without someone's help when he uses the stand bar.
Yoselis Ramos WUSF

A few dozen researchers were abuzz showing off their projects under way at the James A. Haley VA Hospital. The public showcase held Thursday is a part of National VA Research Week. Projects varied from genetics to obesity.

Carl Hayward, a physical therapist with the VA, has invented the stand bar, which attaches to motorized wheelchairs to help people get off their seat and stand. Hayward said it goes beyond helping improve posture.

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6:00 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Rays' Cobb Endorses Head Protective Gear

Tampa Bay Rays' pitcher Alex Cobb is endorsing a padded insert for caps for young pitchers.
Yoselis Ramos WUSF

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb is putting his stamp of approval on a new piece of protective head gear for young pitchers.

Cobb draws a parallel between baseball and hockey when hockey players started wearing helmets.

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6:25 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

N.J. Gov. Christie Endorses Gov. Scott for Re-election

Gov. Christie endorses Gov. Scott for re-election.
Tessa Wiseman WUSF

Governor Rick Scott is making promises to invest more money into Florida's ports if he is re-elected this year. To help him deliver that promise at Port Tampa Bay Thursday was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

If re-elected, Gov. Scott promises to invest a $1 billion over eight years into Florida's ports including Port Tampa Bay. Scott is likely to face democratic candidate and former governor Charlie Crist.

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10:53 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Megabus Arrives, Bringing Bargain Fares

Passengers wait to load their luggage onto the bus.
Yoselis Ramos WUSF

It's now possible to get to Orlando or Miami from Tampa for less than it costs to drive with the arrival of a new  inter-city bus service called Megabus.  To celebrate its arrival in Tampa, the company has been offering $1 fares during the first two weeks. That drew a crowd to the Marion Transit Center in downtown Tampa recently, and WUSF was there to see what the new bus service was like.

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11:58 am
Thu May 15, 2014

$1 Bus Rides to Miami Take Off Today

Megabus, an intercity bus service, started its trips to Miami and Orlando today from Tampa.
Yoselis Ramos WUSF

Get to Miami or Orlando for just a buck? It's possible. Megabus, a new city-to-city bus service took off Thursday morning.

Megabus, a subsidiary of Coach USA,  has partnered up with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) to bring its intercity bus service to Tampa. People can reserve their seats online for a promotional fare starting at a dollar and ride the double-decker bus to other metro cities.

82-year-old  Mary Ellen Ahrens is a Winter Haven resident who boarded the first departure Megabus to Miami.

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7:36 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Busch Gardens' Pantopia Opens Without Falcon's Fury Taking Flight

Key Gate is the entrance to Pantopia.
Yoselis Ramos WUSF

Busch Gardens' Falcon's Fury is the tallest free-standing drop tower in North America. Soon enough, people will get the chance to fall face-down towards the ground at 60 miles per hour. Falcon's Fury is the coming attraction of Pantopia--the new area of the theme park that opens Thursday.

 “Pantopia is all about doors and keys and you’ll never know where the next door is going to lead,” Busch Garden's spokesman Travis Claytor said.

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10:55 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Belleair Commissioners Approve Rezoning Measure

Belleair commissioners approved the RM-10 rezoning measure that affects the Belleview Biltmore Hotel.
BELLEAIR - The Belleair Town Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday night to create a new zoning district a developer could apply for if he or she wanted to raze the historic Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa and build condos or townhomes in its place. Current zoning on the Biltmore site allows only for a hotel or single-family homes.
3:08 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Commissioners to Vote on Belleview Biltmore Hotel's Fate

The "White Queen of the Gulf" has been closed down for five years in need of serious repairs. Commissioners will decide whether to allow preservation for the wooden structure or allow demolition to build future condominiums.
Credit National Trust for Historic Preservation

The future of one of the largest wooden structures in the world will be decided Tuesday. Belleview Biltmore hotel near Clearwater is up for demolition if a rezoning measure is approved.

The Belleview Biltmore Hotel, built in 1897, hosted business giants, local socialites and even presidents back in the day. It closed in 2009 for renovations but with the housing market crash it never reopened.

Now, a rezoning measure would allow developers to bulldoze it and build condos in its place.

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