I tell stories about living paycheck to paycheck for public radio at WUSF News. I’m also a corps member of Report For America, a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms.
I got my start in radio at WUFT in Gainesville, where I worked as a digital producer and taught digital production at the University of Florida. Also my alma mater, I graduated from UF with a degree in journalism and a minor in history. While there, I spent many hours in the archives and was later asked to co-author a presidential task force report on the university’s founding and racial legacies.
Outside of the newsroom (and the archives), you can find me exploring the nearest wildlife trail, beach or brewery. I grew up playing tennis, golf and beach volleyball. But I love trying new things, which right now looks like learning salsa and kickboxing.
I joined the team in June of 2022 and returned to my hometown of Tampa, where I report on a growing list of issues that working people face today: rent spikes, stagnant wages, food and job insecurity, and systemic inequities.
My goal is to invite members of the community who are living paycheck to paycheck to drive my reporting. It matters to me that my coverage resonates with those living these experiences.
Almost half of all callers, or 370 people, were seeking rental assistance. Another quarter of callers, or 214 people, called for help finding an affordable rental unit or home to purchase.
Home purchases by investors recently declined in the top 10 U.S. cities by market share — including Tampa. Even so, data shows investors still hold almost 25% of the market share, or the total sales made in the market.
The city-funded program would connect renters with local agencies that can offer legal help, housing services and rental assistance amid the ongoing affordable housing crisis.
The number of seniors who have experienced homelessness jumped nearly 40 percent since 2018 and the number of families facing homelessness increased by 21 percent since 2020, the survey found.
More and more people in the greater Tampa Bay region are finding it harder to make ends meet. Rent is rising. Wages are stagnant. And the cost of everyday items — like gas and groceries — keeps creeping up.