Jeffrey Smith

Digital News Intern

Jeffrey Smith is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for summer 2019.

Jeff moved from a small Georgia town after high school to attend college in Florida. He is a junior currently working on his bachelor’s degree in mass communications with a concentration in production at USF.

He has experience in a newsroom from editing the news at his previous university.

A pair of black skimmers walking along the beach at Lido Key in Sarasota County.
Cathy Carter / WUSF Public Media

By Jeffrey Smith

Wildlife groups are warning beachgoers of a threatened species, the black skimmer, showing up at beaches around the Tampa Bay area.

Sheriff Chad Chronister talked about the 80 arrests from Operation Trade Secrets at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Monday.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office announced more than 80 arrests as the result of an ongoing sting investigation targeted at stopping sex trafficking.

Map of the planned Riverwalk expansion
City of Bradenton / City of Bradenton

The city of Tampa completed its Riverwalk project in 2016. Now neighboring Bradenton will be expanding its own downtown Riverwalk.

The hope is to draw in tourists and revitalize the area. It’s a costly expansion, but city officials say it’s worth it.   

People casting their votes at polling booths
WUSF Staff

Pasco County will be holding a special election Tuesday to replace former Representative Danny Burgess after he was selected by Governor Ron DeSantis to become the executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Empty cots line a room in the Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter in Pasco Co. ahead of Hurricane Michael in Oct. 2018.
Pasco County Media Relations & Communications

Hurricane season has started and it helps to be prepared for any storms that may happen. While counties have shelters for severe storms, officials say they are meant as a last resort and should be secondary to evacuation.  

The Hotel Nacional de Cuba
Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

Travelers are reacting strongly to the Trump administration’s recent restrictions on trips to Cuba. Many vacationers that had already booked cruises are looking for answers as to why this change was so sudden.


Hurricane season is here and Florida lawmakers want to help give your wallet a break when preparing this year. Through next Thursday, storm supplies like flashlights and generators will be tax-free to help families get prepared for the 2019 storm season.