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Alysia Cruz

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Alysia Cruz is the WUSF Stephen Noble news intern for the fall 2019 semester. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of South Florida in Communication and is now enrolled at USF St. Petersburg, pursuing her Master’s in Digital Journalism & Design concentrating on food writing.

In the years since graduating from USF, Alysia has worked as a theatre and journalism teacher, running The Minotaur yearbook program and starting The Minotaur online newspaper at Bloomingdale High School in Valrico, FL. She also spent time working in TV production as a production coordinator and live theater as a stage manager.

Alysia hopes to become a food and travel journalist in the future, expanding reporting on these subjects within public media.

Heather Garozzo, a world champion video gamer and vice president of Marketing for the Dignitas gaming organization, speaks with USF business professor Janelle Wells about diversity and growth within eSports.
Thomas Iacobucci / WUSF Public Media

Video gamers and national eSports industry leaders gathered in Tampa Wednesday to talk about gaming as a culture and as a business, across the country and in the Tampa Bay area.

Dali Museum
Courtesy of Thomas Iacobucci / The Crow's Nest

Free Museum Day is returning to Tampa Bay on Saturday. Hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free admission as part of this "annual celebration of boundless curiosity."

“This event is important as it highlights the culture, history, science, art, and nature that each state has to offer and represents a national commitment to access to these unique places,” said Amy Wilkins, Chief Revenue Officer at Smithsonian Media.

Chart showing the increase in homelessness caused by the affordable housing shortage.
Miami For All, Inc. & Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, University of Florida

Student homelessness in Florida has almost tripled in the last decade to about 96,000 in the 2017-18 school year.

Those experiencing homelessness score lower on statewide assessments and have a lower high school graduation rate compared to students who are economically disadvantaged but have a place to live.

A portion of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge collapsed into Tampa Bay in May 1980 after it was struck by a cargo ship.
"The Skyway Bridge Disaster" / YouTube

A new documentary, “The Skyway Bridge Disaster,” is premiering this weekend at the Tampa Theatre. The film reveals details about the tragedy and the events that followed nearly 40 years ago. 

Rep. Jackie Toldeo, R-Tampa
Alysia Cruz / WUSF Public Media

A local legislator is taking steps to combat what she calls "an alarming and urgent healthcare crisis” – especially among young people.

Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, said she is introducing legislation to raise the legal age to purchase vaping and tobacco products to 21.

2019 Florida Child Well-Being Index
Florida Kids Count

Community coalitions and government programs that help parents improve their well-being are seeing those improvements passed on to children.

That’s according to the 2019 Florida Child Well-Being Index, which was released Wednesday by Florida Kids Count.

President Steven Currall and the USF Board of Trustees
Alysia Cruz / WUSF Public Media

At Tuesday’s University of South Florida Board of Trustees meeting, President Steven Currall presented an update on the consolidation process between the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee campuses. 

Leon Jackson stands next to a photo of himself from his time as an officer during the civil rights era.
Alysia Cruz

During this weekend’s opening reception of their updated exhibition, “Beaches, Benches, and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay,” the Florida Holocaust Museum will be honoring the last surviving member of St. Petersburg’s “Courageous 12,” Leon Jackson, with the Upstander Award.

FTC tips for verifying hurricane relief charities.
Federal Trade Commission

In the wake of disasters such as Hurricane Dorian, it is common for new charities aimed at disaster relief to crop up. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody advises donors to be mindful while giving to unfamiliar disaster relief charities.

Florida Attorney General scam hotline number, 866-9NO-SCAM
Florida Office of the Attorney General

As Hurricane Dorian makes its way north, reports of price gouging continue to rise along Florida's east coast.