Divya Kumar, Pinellas County Community Reporter

Divya Kumar

Pinellas County Community Reporter

I'm an editorial assistant/community reporter eager to hear your story. I was born in Indiana, but have called Florida home for a little over a decade and am fascinated by the stories big and small that make up our state. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper, and joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. If you have a story you'd like us to know of, please reach out.

South Tampa residents rally to defend Plant High School trees

The Plant High School track, which runs behind the grandstand of Dad's Stadium, will be resurfaced with asphalt. More than 60 trees lining the track were considered for removal. Divya Kumar  |  Times
How close were more than 60 trees lining the Plant High School track to being cut down? It depends on whom you ask.

New businesses along Tampa’s Cass Street feel pinch of road closures

Phase 1A of the project includes closing W Cass Street from N Willow Avenue to N Boulevard. Divya Kumar  |  Tampa Bay Times
A stormwater system improvement project has resulted in fewer customers frequenting Cass Street businesses in North Hyde Park.

'His patients loved him.’ Dr. Philip Adler treated three generations of children.

Dr. Philip Adler treated generations of Tampa children, including Hannah Millman, who was 2 years old at the time of this visit. Times (1985)
The Tampa pediatrician also played a prominent role in desegregating local hospital care.

Women Building Futures helps Hillsborough students build careers, support systems

(From left) Monica Ruiz, Juliana Pineda and Paulette Latimer share a laugh during the Women Building Futures Graduation Celebration held at Hillsborough Community College South Shore campus in Ruskin, Florida on Thursday, October 17, 2019. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
The program is a 15-week course at Hillsborough Community College designed to help women advance in the construction industry.

A toddler choked on hamburger. His mother is suing the daycare.

Messiah Davis, 19 months old, choked on hamburger meat while at a South Tampa child care center and lost oxygen to his brain. He died four days later. His mother has filed a wrongful death suit. Facebook
Felicia Davis has filed a wrongful death suit, saying Kiddie Kollege failed to save her child and questioning why he was fed hamburger.