Dylan Rudolph

News Intern

Dylan Rudolph is the WUSF radio news intern for the spring 2020 semester.

He was born and raised in Tampa before moving to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida, where he is studying journalism with a sports and media focus. While in Gainesville, Dylan was on staff at the Independent Florida Alligator, the UF student newspaper, covering various sports at the university. He worked as a news intern for the Gainesville Sun in the summer of 2019 and will graduate in May 2020.

Dylan hopes to bring a unique angle to the station with his writing and reporting as well as learn valuable multimedia skills while on staff.

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Three people who were evacuated from a nursing home in Seminole have died from COVID-19, according to the medical examiner's office in Pinellas County. The patients, an 84-year-old woman, 74-year-old man and 66-year-old man were among dozens of people who were evacuated after the virus spread through the nursing home.

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Tampa is joining other cities in announcing a fund to help small businesses, as well as families and individuals facing financial struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, St. Petersburg is expanding its fund.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic keeps people inside for a long period of time, many are also seeing their anxiety sharply increase as well.

Consequently, groups like the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and the National Alliance On Mental Illness in  Hillsborough County (NAMI)  are seeing more phone calls from people needing assistance.

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Those looking for a beacon of hope amidst the COVID-19 pandemic will find a large shining one skyward as Earth will experience the biggest and brightest moon of the year on Tuesday night.

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As Florida approached 8,000 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday issued a statewide stay-at-home order.

DeSantis announced the 30-day executive order at a press conference, saying he made the decision after speaking with President Donald Trump.

The order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

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Leaders from Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties were joined by their counterparts from the cities of Tampa and Clearwater at a virtual meeting to address COVID-19 efforts on Tuesday. 

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The COVID-19 pandemic has filled homes across the globe but has emptied shelves at supermarkets.

Residents looking to stock up on essentials have left stores trying to catch up with the demand.

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Libraries across Florida are closing their doors as COVID-19 continues to sweep across the country.

The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative posted on its website that all locations will be shut down until further notice, suspending all holds and closing book drops, and will not receive returns or donated items.

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Restaurants in Pasco and Hernando counties are offering free food to hungry kids who are out of school because of the coronavirus.

As Florida schools remain closed though at least April 15 to slow the spread of COVID-19, children will be left without their prescribed lunch and breakfast that they are normally given through school programs. In response, some local restaurants have decided to help.

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Local small business owners had a chance to get some advice on improving their bottom line, as well as network with other entrepreneurs and city and county organizations in Tampa Tuesday.

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Hillsborough County officials have tested 11 people so far for the coronavirus who they say came into close contact with at least one of the two patients with COVID-19. 

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Congressman Vern Buchanan called for more federal funding for COVID-19 and a faster process to test for the virus at a press conference at Sarasota Memorial Hospital on Tuesday. 

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Gasparilla Festival of the Arts

Every year, people come to Tampa to celebrate the Gasparilla Pirate Festival. While most wear pirate hats and watch parades, others can take the opportunity to view art and listen to music at the 50th Annual Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.

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Super Bowl 54 ended less than a month ago, but plans for next year’s big game in Tampa continue. One sector where activity is picking up is with local businesses that want to work at the game and surrounding events.

The Tampa Bay Super Bowl 55 Host Committee held its second “pitch day” Tuesday at the Embarc Collective in Tampa.

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The cracks of the bats and the pops of the gloves signal that baseball is back as the New York Yankees mark the organization's 25th anniversary of spring training at the George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

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The University of Central Florida became the third institution to face inquiry from state lawmakers into its researchers’ ties to China.

The House Select Committee on the Integrity of Research Institutions held a meeting Tuesday to hear from UCF officials on what was done in their investigations, some dating back as far as 2017, and what the next steps are to avoid illegal foreign intervention in the future.

People taking a lunch break in downtown Tampa Thursday had a chance to take a spin on an electric scooter, grab a reusable bottle and learn about other sustainable ways of living during Hillsborough County's first "Love Hillsborough" event.

The Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is a longstanding tourist attraction in Hernando County, but a study has shown that it may be too popular.

A report by Wood Environmental and Infrastructure Solutions showed that recreational use of the Weeki Wachee River has led to negative environmental impacts.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister announced Tuesday the arrests of six individuals following a three-month, multi-agency racketeering investigation.

“Operation Trifecta” began after the suspects, dressed as construction or utility workers, broke into 24 residences and took more than $1 million worth of property and money.

A new decade means a new United States Census.

Pinellas County is announcing an outreach program to ensure as many people take part in the 2020 count as possible.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed that a case of measles has been found in Hillsborough County.

The agency was alerted on Saturday to a man who returned from South America who showed symptoms of the viral disease. He was put in isolation, the diagnosis of measles was confirmed on Tuesday.

The Hillsborough County School Board has selected Addison Davis to serve as its new Superintendent.

Davis, who currently is the Superintendent of Clay County Public Schools, is the first superintendent hired from outside the Hillsborough County School District’s ranks since 1967.

A wind chill advisory is in effect for the entire Tampa Bay area, and a freeze warning is up for most of the area, as temperatures are expected to drop into the low to mid 30s tonight into Wednesday morning.

As a result, cold weather shelters are set to open in a number of places.

Non-flyers looking to check out Tampa International Airport will be happy to hear that it is expanding its “TPA All Access” program.

The program, which was created in May 2019 to give the public access to TPA’s airside boarding gates on Saturdays, will now be made available every day of the week.