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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 in 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 professioal figure athlete. You can contact her at 813-974-8656 or at lpeakes@wusf.org.

 

 

     

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Florida Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard
Florida Department of Health

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are mounting rapidly.  Health officials have identified more than 240,000 cases across the United States. In Florida, 10,268 people have been diagnosed with the disease, and 170 people have died from it.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard
Florida Department of Health

Thursday, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the grim milestone of 1 million infections worldwide and 5,600 U.S. deaths.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard
Florida Department of Health

On a day when Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a 30-day stay-at-home order for the state, Florida’s COVID-19 infections topped 7,000 by quite a bit.

Statewide, 7,773 people have tested positive for the virus, and 101 people have died. The death toll marked its largest daily increase, at 16.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

For the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak began, the state of Florida reported more than 1,000 people tested positive for the virus in a 24-hour period.

According to the Florida Department of Health, 6,741 people in Florida have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of 6 p.m. Tuesday.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard
Florida Department of Health

According to figures released by the Florida Department of Health just after 6 p.m. Monday, 5,704 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

71 people have died in Florida from the coronavirus.

Florida saw 714 new people test positive for COVID-19 on Friday, the largest daily increase since the coronavirus outbreak began in the state.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

3-26 Florida COVID-19 Statistics from the Department Of Health
Florida Department of Health

For the second straight day, over 500 people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19.

Health officials are reporting 2,484 people in Florida have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

Statewide, the Department of Health is reporting 1,977 people have tested positive for the coronavirus. The total, which was reported at 6 p.m. Wednesday, is an increase of 510 cases since Tuesday evening’s update.

Twenty-three people have died in Flordia from COVID-19, an increase of three from Tuesday evening.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

Dashoboard Of COVID-19 cases from the Florida Department of Health
Florida Department of Health

More than 1,400 people in Florida have tested positive for COVID-19 according to the latest statistics released Tuesday evening by the Florida Department of Health. That's an increase of more than 200 people since the same time Monday.

Twenty people in Florida have also died from COVID-19. That's two more than the earlier Tuesday update.

WUSF will be providing the latest news and information on coronavirus in Tampa Bay and across the state. Here are the latest developments:

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard
Florida Department of Health

The latest update from the Florida Department of Health shows the number of people in the state who have tested positive for COVID-19 is 1,227.

The 6 p.m. update said that 18 people had died from coronavirus - four more than Monday morning. However, the Department of Health corrected the figure shortly before 11 p.m., saying 17 people had died.

young girl with her hands in the dirt next to a flower
USF Gus A. Stavros Center

Bickering over the presidential primary and fears of coronavirus may cause some younger people to steer clear of civic engagement.

But one Tampa Bay area educator is offering strategies to help kids get excited about making a difference in the world.

woman in front of Tampa city seal
Facebook Live

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor announced limits on bar and restaurant hours on Monday night in an effort to halt the spread of coronavirus.

Ira Glass, host of "This American Life," will be at the Mahaffey Theater in St Petersburg Saturday.

Part of his visit includes a workshop with student journalists. When asked why it's important for him to pay attention to younger journalists, Glass says he remembers what it was like to be starting a career.

The holiday season includes family get-togethers and, often, alcohol. For those in recovery from addiction, that can be a challenge.

Courtesy: Keep St. Petersburg Local

While Black Friday generally marks the start of the busy holiday shopping season, “Small Business Saturday" encourages people to support local companies.

But what does it mean to "buy local?" 

What once was Zion Cemetery - believed to be Tampa's first African American cemetery - now sits on two-and-a-half acres divided among three owners.

Scans of the section owned by the Tampa Housing Authority have found 144 coffins so far. Now Tampa restauranteur Richard Gonzmart is clarifying what he thinks might be on the portion of property two of his warehouses occupy.

The day after Thanksgiving is when holiday shopping really gets going, and there’s a growing movement for people to buy local and support small businesses.

WUSF would like to get your perspective on local commerce.

Fill out the form below and let us know if you like to "shop local." The deadline is Nov. 15.

We’ll be sharing your thoughts on wusfnews.org, and if you provide your phone number, we may contact you for a radio interview.

The international headquarters for the Church of Scientology is in Clearwater. In two years, the church has become a major landowner downtown, threatening a waterfront redevelopment project and raising questions about the church's motives.

Dr. Dipayan Biswas by the "Steak Tippin'" food truck on the USF Tampa campus
Lisa Peakes / WUSF News

If you want to enjoy the food you're eating more, a sensory marketing expert from the University of South Florida suggests you have a seat.

Unless it's broccoli - then you might want to stand up.

Paul Guzzo in Tampa's Memorial Cemetery
James Borchuck/Tampa Bay Times

Last fall, a cemetery historian came upon a few death certificates from a little-known Tampa burial ground called Zion and he wanted help to learn more about it.

Tampa Bay Times journalist Paul Guzzo took the story on, and after nine months of research, he discovered that no one really knows what happened to hundreds of bodies that were buried in Tampa's first African American cemetery.

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.

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