Jeslyn Santiago

Digital News Intern

Jeslyn Santiago is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for fall 2018.  

Born in Kissimmee, Florida, Jeslyn moved to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida. She is now a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in broadcast news.

Jeslyn would like to become a reporter at a major media network.  

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Driving may soon become less of a headache on the Howard Frankland Bridge spanning Tampa Bay. 

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Tampa Bay counties have completed the machine recounts in the U.S. Senate, Florida Governor and Agriculture Commissioner races, and are now preparing for manual recounts in the Senate and Agriculture Commission races.

Florida’s retail industry is gearing up for this year’s back-to-school sales tax “holiday” on clothes, classroom supplies and computer equipment, with the state offering the tax break for five days .
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Beginning Jan. 1, a half-penny increase will go into effect for Hillsborough County sales taxes to benefit the local public school district. Voters approved the referendum by 56 percent in the midterm election.


To commemorate Veterans Day, groups and organizations around the Tampa Bay region are honoring those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as active-duty service members.

Here’s a list of local events, with national events listed at the bottom:

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Hillsborough County voters approved an education amendment that will provide hundreds of millions in additional school funding for over the next 10 years.  

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Early voting for the general election is coming to an end this weekend and Floridians have taken full advantage of the opportunity.

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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s planned facility is one step along in the approval process. The Sarasota County Commission has signed off on some of the terms to put a new aquarium in Nathan Benderson Park.

Starting next week, Florida will officially kick off early voting for the 2018 general election. Starting dates may differ but many Tampa Bay area counties will open locations on Monday, Oct. 22.

The devastation red tide has caused in Florida will be one of the topics covered at the 8th annual St.Petersburg Science Festival Saturday.

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Mote Marine Laboratory is working with Sarasota County to lease, and eventually own, 27 acres of land for a new aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park. 

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If you’ve driven on Courtney Campbell Causeway, there’s a good chance you’ve been sped past by street racers.

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The federal government, with the help of Mote Marine Laboratory, is continuing to investigate a significant spike in dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico -- and they want to know if red tide is playing a part in it.

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Even though it’s not known what is causing the red tide algae that’s meant headaches for Florida this summer, one Venice official wants to extend a ban on the use of fertilizer.

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Susan Howarth died Wednesday at the age of 66 after battling cancer. Howarth was the fifth president and CEO of WEDU, Tampa Bay’s PBS station.