Jonah Hinebaugh

Social Media Intern

Jonah Hinebaugh is the WUSF social media intern for the spring 2020 semester.

He is a senior studying Journalism and Digital Communication at the USF St. Petersburg and works as the features and opinions editor for the school’s student newspaper, The Crow’s Nest.

Over the summer, Hinebaugh interned at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune covering general assignment stories as a reporter and photographer. After he graduates, Hinebaugh hopes to find a job as a photojournalist or multimedia reporter.

He’s excited to be at WUSF to help maintain and grow their social media and web presence.

DeSantis announced his three phase plan behind a podium.
Courtesy: Governor's Press Office

The announcement of Gov. Ron DeSantis' plan to reopen the state amid the coronavirus pandemic has drawn both praise and criticism from a slew of representatives and local leaders across Florida.

Closed sign at Upper Tampa Bay Park

Things are returning to normal across Tampa Bay.

A shot of the exterior of Countryside High School in Clearwater.
Carl Lisciandrello/WUSF Public Media

Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis floated the idea of possibly reopening some public schools in May.

Florida's statewide teachers' union was quick to urge DeSantis to rethink the opening of schools. Florida Education Association President Fedrick Ingram said doing so would "threaten the safety and well-being of all on campus."

WUSF asked parents and teachers what they think should be done in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

A map detailing the drought status of Florida, which is experiencing a moderate drought throughout most of the state and severe drought in parts of the panhandle.
Courtesy of the U.S. Drought Monitor

Despite rain chances increasing for the Tampa Bay area next week, the drought consuming a majority of Florida persists.

sheriff stands in front of microphones, showing photos to unseen audience
Courtesy: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Boat ramps and marinas in Pinellas County are going to remain open to the public despite other COVID-19 restrictions.

In a press conference Friday, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said he sees "no problem" with it – but he’s reminding people they need to behave.

barber pole

The executive order by Gov. Ron DeSantis that took effect Friday limits the movements of everyone in Florida to only obtaining or providing “essential services or conduct essential activities.”

During his news conference on Wednesday, when he announced his statewide stay-at-home order, DeSantis said he is borrowing from two sources – the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Miami-Dade County, where the coronavirus outbreak has been the most severe in the state – for the list of these essential services.

A sign at Upper Tampa Bay Park reads closed after the City closed its parks to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Carl Lisciandrello/WUSF Public Media

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.


The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is expected to be rescheduled for later this year.

sign on a business door

NOTE: This was post was updated to reflect a statewide stay-at-home order annouced by Gov. Ron DeSantis on April 1.

As coronavirus cases continue to swell in Florida, closures, cancellations, and curfews are increasing.

Brady appears with a TB x TB over his face signifying his move to the Tampa Bay area.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Youtube

The news that quarterback Tom Brady will officially be a Tampa Bay Buccaneer came on Friday and fans were quick to take to social media to share their reactions.

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Bass

Tom Brady is officially a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.


You’ve seen them in the yards of your neighbors, in zoos across the state or in wildlife parks and nature reserves. Now, the flamingo will soon be on display at Tampa International Airport.

Physicians and staff assess a mannequin
Jonah Hinebaugh/WUSF Public Media

Tabletop exercises are never the same as setting up actual gurneys, transportation and the other logistics demanded by an emergency evacuation, according to Dr. Timothy McGuirk.

Thomas Iacobucci/WUSF Public Media

The Tampa Bay Lightning are lowering prices for food and drinks at Amalie Arena starting Feb. 25 — it’s next home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Proponents and critics reacted strongly to the Florida Legislature’s passage of a measure that will require minors seeking an abortion to get their parents' approval.


A Winter Haven woman used her position as an office manager and travel agent to steal or misappropriate approximately $1.6 million, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

TD Ballpark sits sectioned off while crew work on renovations before 2020 spring training games.

It’s February and groundhog Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, which means spring is here – in Florida at least – and with it comes baseball.

The month-long spring training series leading up to the regular season drew approximately 1.4 million fans last year and, according to the Florida Sports Foundation, raked in $687.1 million in 2018.

The Florida State fairgrounds begins its transformation from empty lots to bustling carnival rides and games.
Thomas Iacobucci/WUSF Public Media

If you’re itching for a chance to see cars plow into each other, ride your first Ferris wheel or feel confused about why your ice cream is spicy, you’re in luck.

The Florida State Fair is set to open Thursday, Feb. 6, and with it comes another 12-day run of Frankenstein-esque foods, live music, as well as an array of exhibits and competitions.

Food offerings at the Florida State Fair
Florida State Fair

If you’re looking for an excuse to throw that new diet to the wind or to enjoy the chalky taste of an antacid, this year’s Florida State Fair has got you covered.

The fair, which opens Feb. 6, will debut a variety of new foods for guests to indulge in – from variations of fair-food staples like the funnel cake and corn dogs to ramen-infused burgers.