Nicole Bambach

Digital News Intern

Nicole Bambach is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for spring 2018. She's also served as a news staff writer at The Oracle, the USF school newspaper, since fall 2017.

Originally from West Palm Beach, Nicole is a junior at the University of South Florida who just recently moved here in August to pursue her career in the media. Her goal is to be a news anchor for E News, Good Morning America or the Today Show. 

Nicole is also a huge fan of Harry Potter, and she's seen the movies way too many times to admit. 

Port Tampa Bay

The Port of Tampa welcomed the M/V Ireland, one of the largest ships to ever enter Tampa Bay Sunday morning. The Ireland will deliver materials needed for local construction.

The St. Petersburg Pier will undergo a name change and reconstruction over the course of the next year and the city is thinking about accepting bids for naming rights, according to the Business Observer.

Polk County Supervisor of Elections

Voters in a number of cities throughout Polk County will go to the polls Tuesday for a variety of municipal elections.

“There are eight city elections including Bartow, Davenport, Eagle Lake, Frostproof, Haines City, Lake Alfred, Mulberry and Polk City. In some of those cities, we have city commission races and in others. we have referendums that the city residents will be voting on.” said Lori Edwards, Supervisor of Elections for Polk County.

First Coast YMCA

For the last two years, the YMCA chapters in Tampa and Jacksonville have competed to see who could rack up the most miles on treadmills. They’ve each won one, so this year’s Treadmill Tuesday competition will be important for a number of reasons.

More than 200 low-income and academically high-achieving students were chosen to be part of an event held by the cable television channel TLC’s “Say Yes to the Prom” event at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Students from Leto, Spoto, Brandon, Chamberlain, and Middleton high schools were treated to free prom dresses, makeovers, mentoring and shopping for formal wear.


More than 10,000 writers will be gathering in Tampa this week as The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) holds its annual conference downtown.

Florida Strawberry Festival Instagram

Plant City’s annual Strawberry Festival returns this week with a renovated main soundstage and headliners from a variety of musical genres.

Starting Thursday, the Florida Strawberry Festival is back. This year's theme, according to Festival President Paul Davis, is “Building New Memories!”

USF Sarasota-Manatee

Relations between the U.S. and Cuba are currently strained following a mysterious incident that injured two dozen American diplomatic personnel on the island. In addition, President Donald Trump reversed policies created by the Obama administration to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Ponce de Leon Elementary School / Facebook

The Florida Parent Teacher Association will be holding a statewide candlelight vigil for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting.

Three candidates are in the running to fill the position vacated by State Rep. Alex Miller, a Sarasota Republican, who unexpectedly submitted her resignation from House District 72 last August. Gov. Rick Scott announced there will be a special election to replace Miller on Tuesday.

Florida Department of Health

While the flu is causing problems around the country, the number of students and teachers infected in Pinellas County has increased this year.   

Ringling College for Art and Design

Ringling College for Art and Design has received a $15 million donation for the world’s first degree in virtual reality.

The gift from husband and wife Dr. Joel Morganroth and Dr. Gail Morrison Morganroth is the largest donation for the Sarasota university in its 86 year history.