On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Panhandle as the third strongest storm to ever hit the United States. I embedded in the Bay County Emergency Operations center in Panama City, where the storm hit. For 4 days, I reported for NPR national and WUFT-FM, providing around the clock updates from emergency officials.
6 people were under the Canadays’ roof when Michael ripped apart the Panhandle. Thankful for their lives, they now must contend with what is left of their home and livelihoods. Just a few hours after the storm passed, I was with them with they were reunited with their sons, who drove through the night from Georgia.
The Jacksonville Landing Mass Shooting
On August 26, 2018, a gunman opened fire on a video game tournament, killing two people and injuring others before turning the gun on himself. I was at the scene to hear from victims and officials as they processed what just happened.
2018 Midterm Elections
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has cinched the Democratic nomination for Governor. I was there as his contender Gwen Graham conceded her nomination.
A fine dining restaurant in Tampa opened up its doors to all families for a Thanksgiving they’ll never forget. WUFT’s Dolores Hinckley has the story.