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Lisa Peakes

Host, All Things Considered

Lisa Peakes is the local host of NPR's All Things Considered on WUSF 89.7. Lisa's radio career spans over 35 years and includes work in commercial pop, alternative and rock formats throughout northern New England, where she created and hosted programs featuring celtic, blues, and early jazz music. She majored in acting at Emerson College in Boston, where she was in the national touring company of a production for deaf audiences and appeared in the Academy Award-winning film Equilibriumness. Lisa is a graduate of Vermont College at Norwich University, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art. In public radio, she’s received local and national awards for her work as a newscaster, and has been honored for her work as an investigative journalist. The Society of Professional Journalists recognized Lisa as Florida's Anchor of The Year in 2017 and her newscasts were chosen as the best in the Southern states by the SPJ in 2016 and 2018. She is also a competitive  bodybuilder. You can contact her at 813-974-8656 or at lpeakes@wusf.org.

 

 

     

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Map showing proposed layout of new Amazon cargo operation at Lakeland Linder International Airport.
Lakeland City Commission

Amazon is planning to bring one of its biggest U.S. facilities in the Southeast to the Tampa Bay area.

The online retail giant plans to build a $17 million center on the northwest side of Lakeland Linder International Airport.

The Snell Arcade in St. Petersburg
Wknight94/Wikimedia Commons

The devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris may have people taking a closer look at iconic structures in the Tampa Bay area.

Mark Riddell seen in photo from IMG Academy bio (since removed), pleaded guilty Friday for his role in a college entrance exam scandal.
IMG Academy / IMG Academy

IMG Academy in Bradenton is confirming that a former student mentor has lost his job. The firing happened shortly after his indictment in a national college admissions scam.

Mark Riddell has been charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and mail fraud for providing exam answers for students.

Steven Currall and his wife, Cheyenne Currall, met with the USF community shortly after he was named President Friday afternoon in Tampa.
Daylina Miller / WUSF Public Media

Later this week, the Florida Board of Governors will meet to approve Steven Currall as the president of the University of South Florida.

The USF Board of Trustees selected Currall to serve as the school’s seventh president in a unanimous vote Friday.

Tiffany Razzano

St Petersburg is known as a haven for creative arts, and there's no shortage of opportunities to refine and celebrate work. A writing conference this weekend focuses on the business side of things.

Tiffany Razzano, the founder of the literary arts organization “Wordier Than Thou,” says the the group’s second annual publishing conference aims to help writers find a place for their work.

Sarasota Police Department

The Sarasota Police Department is investigating an act of vandalism to the city's "Unconditional Surrender" statue.

The figure is based on an iconic Alfred Eisenstaedt photograph taken in New York's Times Square at the end of World War II, featuring a nurse being swept off her feet and kissed by a Navy sailor.

Stephen Voss

NPR listeners across the country can hear 1A with Joshua Johnson every weekday.

Many South Floridians are even more familiar with Johnson because he hails from West Palm Beach and has journalistic roots in Miami.

USC Shoah Foundation

An exhibit at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St Petersburg is so exclusive, only one person at a time can view it. Slots are by appointment only. I toured “The Last Goodbye," knowing that the experience had the power to hurt.


Sarasota County Government Facebook Live

Many people like to deep fry their Thanksgiving turkeys - and that can pose some risks.

Sarasota County Fire Department Chief Michael Regnier laid out some ground rules for how to deep fry a bird safely during hosted a Facebook Live video Wednesday.

National Weather Service, Melbourne

Felt the heat these past few weeks? Meteorologist Jeff Huffman with the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network can confirm that September was the hottest on record.

Scott Keeler / Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Times columnist Craig Pittman says tourists need to know that Florida is so much more than Disney World:  "Some people think that there is no culture in Florida. They think our sense of architecture is Cinderella's Castle."

Pittman will be a guest on Travel With Rick Steves Saturday morning at 6 on WUSF 89.7.

Daylina Miller/WUSF News

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence of Tampa Bay will be participating in St. Petersburg Pride this weekend. The drag queens call themselves the "nuns of the gay, lesbian and supportive communities” and use entertainment to affirm people for who they are.

Matthew Septimus

The Takeaway is a national talk show produced by WNYC in New York. It airs weekday afternoons at 3 on WUSF 89.7.

Tanzina Vega is the Takeaway’s new host.  Vega, who has worked for CNN Money and as a correspondent for The New York Times, spoke with WUSF’s Lisa Peakes about her new role.

Veronica Williams

Friday is Veteran's Day. For many military families, an understanding of service is common knowledge, but St. Petersburg native Willie Rogers was 97 years old before his daughters learned about his status - as one of the first black men to serve as military aviators and support staff in the U.S. armed forces during World War  II.

The 18th Annual Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival is Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2 at the Regal Hollywood in Sarasota. It features movies by and about women and benefits the U.S. National Committee for UN (United Nations) Women.

WUSF's Lisa Peakes talks with festival's Artistic Director Ann Fries about some of the films and the festival's impact:

https://www.throughwomenseyes.com/

Marijuana plants
Mark, flickr

Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 2 last November, expanding the state's medical marijuana program. But how is the government going to implement it? 


Daylina Miller / WUSF

The Florida Department of Health is working to implement Amendment 2 as soon as possible. But public hearings have been contentious across the state. The raucous meetings were standing room only, with crowds cheering and booing.


Todd Bates

This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 a.m.), we are taking another listen to our discussion about how to grow -- and keep -- successful entrepreneurs here in the Tampa Bay area.

The show includes a conversation WUSF’s Lisa Peakes had with Tonya Donati, the creator of the Mother Kombucha Warehouse in St. Petersburg. 

Daylina Miller / WUSF

WUSF News has embarked on a new storytelling mission called "Telling Tampa Bay Stories," where our journalists will be visiting some of the region’s lesser-known spots to record interviews with members of those communities.

Todd Bates

This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 17 at 7:30 a.m.), we are talking about entrepreneurs here in the Tampa Bay area.

The show includes a conversation WUSF’s Lisa Peakes had with Tonya Donati, the creator of the Mother Kombucha Warehouse in St. Petersburg. 

William Garamella

Sunken Gardens is a lush, colorful and fragrant tropical oasis in the middle of St. Petersburg.

It's one of Florida’s original roadside attractions; WUSF's Florida Matters is taking a look at several classic attractions this week. 

Rainfall predictions through Wednesday.
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

UPDATED 6/5 AT 11:45 A.M. WITH MANATEE COUNTY INFORMATION
As the National Weather Service predicts heavy rainfall in the Tampa Bay area over the next few days due to a Tropical Storm Colin, a number of local counties are taking a variety of measures to prepare for the storm, including making sandbags available to residents.

Courtesy Pearl.

A national tour of men dressed as women is coming to Ybor City this weekend.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is a reality television competition to crown "America's next drag superstar." The show is in its 8th season and is a popular download on iTunes.

Lisa Peakes/WUSF

It's the time of year when wooden stakes and yellow plastic tape are boxing off sections of sand on area beaches.

Turtle nesting season begins this week.

Chef Greg Baker
Roberto Roldan/WUSF Public Media

 The Seminole Heights neighborhood, once dotted with car repair shops, has become a key player in the growth of Tampa's culinary and craft beer scene.

Greg Baker has been at the forefront of the transformation in the now-trendy historic neighborhood. And he recently brought an additional boost of national attention to the area by receiving his fifth nomination for a James Beard Award, the Grammys of the food business.

Tiny Desk; Big Exposure

Jan 28, 2016

The deadline for NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest is next Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Tiny Desk Concerts are intimate concerts, featuring new videos of original music recorded at the desk of “All Songs Considered’s  Bob Boilen. Last year, NPR Music published 84 Tiny Desk Concerts, and they seem to be catching on.

PINC Sarasota

Sarasota this week is hosting an out-of-the-ordinary symposium that has its roots in the Netherlands.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have turned down the the city of St. Petersburg's proposal that would allow the team out of its Tropicana Field lease for an exit fee.

The arrangement would have let the team look outside the city to build a new stadium before its contract ends in 2027.

In exchange, the Rays would have had to pay $33 million if it left in 2020 for Hillsborough County, $16.5 for another site in Pinellas County, and nothing if it built elsewhere in the city.

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 a.m.), we’re exploring some of the many beaches around Tampa Bay, with a look at parking, water quality and recollections of beach days gone by.

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

The 23rd Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24 at USF St. Petersburg.

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