Sonu Trivedi

Digital News Intern

Sonu Trivedi is a WUSF/USF Zimmerman School digital news intern for spring 2019.

Born in Mississauga, Ontario and raised in Tampa Bay, Sonu is currently a senior working towards a bachelor's degree in mass communications with a concentration in broadcast news production at USF. She is also minoring in political science.

She is currently completing her thesis and is set to graduate in spring of 2020.

Fredd Atkins grew up in Sarasota’s Newtown neighborhood during segregation. He went on to become the city’s first African American mayor in the 1980’s, while serving on the city commission in the Newtown district seat, which was created several years prior following a federal lawsuit by the NAACP.

As part of our Telling Tampa Bay Stories series on Newtown, Atkins talks about some of the ways African Americans struggled in the community and the progress they have made since.

Two men recently contracted flesh-eating bacterial infections through water in the Tampa Bay area.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Two men recently contracted flesh-eating bacterial infections through water in the Tampa Bay area. Doctors are encouraging residents and visitors to the region to be cautious, especially around brackish water.

Barry Briggs, a tourist from Ohio, was infected in March while boating near Weedon Island. He needed immediate surgery to save his foot.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has created a public service announcement to warn parents of the dangers of co-sleeping with infants.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Two infants died in Hillsborough County this month as a result of co-sleeping, a practice where parents sleep in the same bed as their babies.

According to Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, eight children died from co-sleeping and seven suffocated in unsafe sleeping environments in 2018.

The average person buys 60% more clothing items than 15 years ago, but only keeps them for about half as long.
CanStock Photo

Around 60% of clothing made around the world ends up destroyed or in landfills within a year of production. The sustainable fashion movement is highlighting the dark side of the industry.

Students at Take Back the Night write messages for survivors of sexual assault.
Sonu Trivedi / WUSF Public Media

One in three women and one in six men in the United States experience some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Throughout April, events at the University of South Florida will bring attention to the issue as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Coastal flood maps for Hillsborough County are being revised for the first time in 30 years.
Hillsborough County

Residents and businesses may see changes to their flood insurance rates as Hillsborough County coastal flood maps are updated for the first time in 30 years.

Haines City WINGS

Murals have been popping up in Haines City since January as part of an interactive art program where the public can “try on” some wings.

Prison bars
Michael Coghlan/Wikimedia Commons

Visits from friends and loved ones can be beneficial to prisoners, but challenging for people who live far away. Florida House and Senate Democrats are proposing a new law to move inmates closer to their homes in an effort to increase visitation opportunities.

WE Local Tampa

Women only make up around 16 percent of the male-dominated profession of engineering. The Society of Women Engineers is hoping to increase that with an upcoming conference and career fair in Tampa.

A local political organization is trying to show people there are things they can do to keep their community safer from gun violence.

Daylina Miller/WUSF News

Unprovoked shark bites dropped around the world by 25 percent in 2018, with the number of attacks in Florida falling even more.

Daylina Miller/WUSF News

Tampa’s annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest continues Saturday as Jose Gaspar invades the bay with a parade in tow. The celebration has been a popular tradition since 1904.