Rachel Smith

Digital News Intern

Rachel Smith is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for spring 2019.

Born in Miami, Florida, Rachel is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in production at USF. Her goal is to one day become a documentarian and an investigative reporter.

Rachel is a writer for HercampusUSF and is a scholarship recipient from the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists.

Drew Falkowitz, 16, will become the youngest person to ever graduate from USF when he receives his Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology this weekend.
Rachel Smith / WUSF Public Media

Spring is in the air--and so are graduation caps.

The Spring 2019 graduates from the University of South Florida will make their mark as the largest graduating class in school history. An estimated 7,500 degrees will be handed out during the May commencement ceremonies, but one stands out among the rest.

Spook Hill in Lake Wales has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Google Maps

Put your car in neutral and watch as you mysteriously cruise uphill at Lake Wales’ gravity-defying roadway, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places earlier this month.

Hillel Academy in Tampa celebrated Passover on Wednesday through a series of learning stations, plays, and food tastings.
Rachel Smith / WUSF

“Tell old pharaoh
to let my people go!”

A group of students from the Hillel Academy School in Tampa sang that plea as they marched to the start of the ceremonial feast of Seder on Wednesday.

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg holds over 2,100 pieces of the  Spanish-born surrealist artwork
The Salvador Dali Museum

The Salvador Dali Museum’s request for $17.5 million towards a new expansion was approved by Pinellas County Commissioners on Tuesday.

A man and woman picking up trash
Jason Bartolone

The City of Sarasota is moving forward with a ban on single-use polystyrene products, commonly known as Styrofoam, in public spaces.


For nine consecutive years, Sarasota County has maintained a top spot in a national report that looks at county health outcomes and compares it to the rest of the nation.

Gasparilla Music Festival

More than 40 artists will rock Tampa Bay at this weekend’s Gasparilla Music Festival.

At The River I Stand / California Newsreel

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last campaign is still bringing communities together as they fight for equality and respect in the workplace.

Honor Ride

Veterans and first responders affected by trauma will be recognized at the seventh annual Florida Honor Ride in St. Petersburg this Saturday.

photo courtesy of Eve Barbanell

Fans of Alexander Hamilton, both the historical figure and the musical one, can experience the second annual Hamil Fest Saturday in St. Petersburg.

Florida Polytechnic University

A faculty member and a group of students at Florida Polytechnic University have been awarded a grant from NATO to develop research focusing on radiation detectors.


Travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba have some airlines looking to change routes, while others are thinking of adding more flights.