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Thomas Iacobucci

Visual News Intern

Thomas Iacobucci is the WUSF visual news intern for the spring 2020 semester, his second with WUSF. He is currently a senior at University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where he is completing his bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Digital Communication.

As an undergraduate student at USF St Petersburg, Iacobucci has worked as the photo editor for the campus newspaper, The Crow’s Nest, and freelances as a concert and event photographer.

He is looking forward to helping WUSF News expand their visual platform by applying his experience of conveying stories through photography and text.

A man stands at the ticket counter of JetBlue while his luggage is checked by two airline employees wearing masks.
Daylina Miller/WUSF Public Media

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to reshape daily life, Tampa International Airport has begun to make changes and preparations for the return of passengers and other personnel in this time of uncertainty. 

 Alexia Fodere
Miami Herald / WLRN

It came a week after the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but a virtual roundtable on climate change and its effects on Florida took place Monday.

The League of Conservation Voters event was held in conjunction with the Joe Biden for President Campaign and spoke about how the former vice president would address the issue if elected. The LCV endorsed the presumptive Democratic nominee last week.

Coral resembling a brain sits at the bottom of the ocean.
The Florida Aquarium / The Florida Aquarium

When it comes to finding a proper mate, Florida’s ridged cactus corals have the odds stacked against them. Between rising water temperatures, coastal pollution, and disease they’re practically doomed from the start.

But marine biologists at Tampa’s Florida Aquarium are trying to turn the tides in the coral’s favor by learning how to breed them in captivity.  

Rainbow wrist bands
Daylina Miller/WUSF News

St. Pete Pride, one of the largest LGBTQIA celebrations in the Southeast, has announced it is postponing this year’s event due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Service dog in training sits on floor, leash to the side.
Thomas Iacobucci / WUSF Public Media

If you were thinking of adopting a dog to keep you company during the coronavirus pandemic, you might want to look anywhere besides Pinellas County Animal Services.

As of earlier this week, the shelter no longer had a single dog in its care.

Screen grab of Creative Pinellas website
CreativePinellas.org

Museums, educational centers, galleries and other cultural centers in Florida are closed to visitors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But many are offering online art and science programs to engage people while they keep appropriate social distance. 

students in university lecture hall
iStock

As students begin to adjust to a new normal in the world of COVID-19, many have begun to experience difficulties regarding their financial wellbeing.

In response to this, the University of South Florida has created a fund to help provide financial relief to these students.

Man stands at a podium with people behind him while adressing reporters
Thomas Iacobucci / WUSF Public Media

All Florida public universities, including the University of South Florida, will transition to online course instruction to lessen the risk of coronavirus.

The Florida Board of Governors announced the change will take place “as soon as possible.” At USF, classes will meet as scheduled through Friday. Then, students go on spring break before returning to a lot of changes.

A strawberry patch lies within the middle of The Florida Strawberry Festival as visitors walk by and admire the growing fruit.
Thomas Iacobucci / WUSF Public Media

The Florida Strawberry Festival is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, and organizers of the Plant City tradition plan to give the 600,000 expected attendees the things that have brought them back for decades: music, community, and lots of strawberries.

An overview shot from across the water shows the end of the St. Pete Pier.
Thomas Iacobucci/WUSF Public Media

While construction on the St. Pete Pier nears completion, a cohesive timeline of when that will happen - and when it will open - is becoming clearer. 

According to Feeding Tampa Bay, over 700,000 people in the region are food insecure, which means they don’t have access to affordable, nutritious food.

Some believe that food sovereignty is the answer.

Beekeeper tends to honeybee hives on roof of Museum of Fine Arts in St.Petersburg.
Allison Lynn Photography

Beekeeper Matt Davis has to walk something of a labyrinth to get to the rooftop apiary at The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. First he climbs a set of stairs, passes a gallery of boldly colored canvases, and then walks down a series of hallways.

We could know by next week whether King High School is resting on a forgotten cemetery.

The Tampa Bay Rays lost to the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 1 of the American League Divisional playoff round Friday.  

With the first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m., many fans were resigned to catching score updates in between meetings. But some gathered just across the street from Tropicana Field at Ferg’s Sports Bar in St. Petersburg to show their support.

The line of students stretched for more than 100 yards and wound down a flight of stairs as University of South Florida students tried to beat three other Florida universities at getting their flu shots on Wednesday.

USF joined for the first time with Florida State University, the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida to encourage students to be immunized. They dubbed the competition "4 U's Fight The Flu." 

Rolling fresh off the press into the Morean Arts Center is a big, traveling, one-of-a-kind exhibition that offers wood, ink, and a limited-time "babka." 

Protesters in St. Petersburg took part in climate strikes happening across the world Friday, ahead of a United Nations Climate Change Summit next week.

Heather Garozzo, a world champion video gamer and vice president of Marketing for the Dignitas gaming organization, speaks with USF business professor Janelle Wells about diversity and growth within eSports.
Thomas Iacobucci / WUSF Public Media

Video gamers and national eSports industry leaders gathered in Tampa Wednesday to talk about gaming as a culture and as a business, across the country and in the Tampa Bay area.

Dali Museum
Courtesy of Thomas Iacobucci / The Crow's Nest

Free Museum Day is returning to Tampa Bay on Saturday. Hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free admission as part of this "annual celebration of boundless curiosity."

“This event is important as it highlights the culture, history, science, art, and nature that each state has to offer and represents a national commitment to access to these unique places,” said Amy Wilkins, Chief Revenue Officer at Smithsonian Media.

September 11 Memorial in Madeira Beach
Thomas Iacobucci / WUSF Public Media

Across the United States, people and communities are commemorating the 18th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks with tributes, services, and other events. 

Listed below are a few of the memorials that are taking place across the Tampa Bay area. 

Hurricane Dorian
Thomas Iacobucci / WUSF Public Media

Shelves are emptying of essentials like bottled water as Hurricane Dorian spins closer to Florida.