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Erin O'Brien

Digital News Intern

Erin O’Brien is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for fall 2019, her second semester with WUSF.

Born and raised in Clearwater, Erin moved to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida. She is a senior at USF pursuing a degree in journalism with a concentration in news – editorial.

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. 

Yellow ribbon before a blue background. The words "Suicide Prevention Awareness" read along the bottom of the image.
Senior Airman Aubrey White / Air Combat Command

National Suicide Prevention Week begins Sunday, and first responders and veterans are the focus of two local summits.

Dog in a cage being evacuated ahead of Hurricane Gustav in Aug. 2008.
FEMA

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association has urged hotels to relax their pet policies for people who are fleeing Hurricane Dorian.

Computer Keyboard
Wikimedia Commons

More than 100 million Capital One customers recently had some of their information compromised by a hacker.

Now, an assistant professor at the University of South Florida Muma College of Business is giving some advice on how to avoid falling victim to future data breaches.

traffic jam
Wikimedia Commons

More than 300,000 people have moved to Florida each year since 2015 and state economists are predicting the trend to continue into 2024.

Four panelists speak to members and visitors at Tampa Tiger Bay Club.
Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

A bi-partisan panel of Tampa Bay political leaders discussed criminal justice reform at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club on Friday.

Hillsborough County Sheriff cruiser parked in front of brick wall that has a postcard of Tampa.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

By Erin O'Brien

Reversing a previous position, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is now accepting proposals for body cameras for their deputies. 

Young female green iguana
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

By Erin O'Brien

Green iguanas, an invasive species, have been making increased appearances in the Tampa Bay area. Now, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking people to help them humanely decrease the number of the creatures. 

By Erin O’Brien

Last March, the World Economic Forum and Treepedia ranked Tampa as the leading city in the world in the amount of green space and trees. A new law signed this week by Gov. Ron DeSantis might threaten the status.

Quinnipiac University Poll logo
Quinnipiac University Poll

Support for a minimum wage hike in Florida is strong in every party, gender, education, age and racial group, according to an independent Quinnipiac University Poll.

However, support is divided on choosing whether or not to make felons pay fines before they can regain voting rights.

Intersection of Moon Lake Rd. and Bethwood Ave. in New Port Richie
Google Earth

A non-profit organization that says they aim to "provide positive role models in the LGBTQIA+ and allied communities" is celebrating Pride Month in a way few other groups are.

Pasco Pride adopted a section of Moon Lake Road in New Port Richey which was sponsored by an infamous hate organization 25 years ago.

Updated Pinellas County flood zone map.
Pinellas County

Pinellas County residents may find themselves living in a flood zone after a recent update to coastal flood maps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. These new changes can mean higher or lower flood insurance premiums for some people.

Front of the updated Florida driver's license.
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

The last time Florida driver’s licenses were redesigned was in 2003.

In 2017, licenses and state identification cards debuted with a new look and enhanced security features.

Now, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles or FLHSMV, is adding further modifications to the cards.