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.

Tampa Bay students selected as Bank of America Student Leaders

From left: Simone Till, Nicholas Sherwin, Molly Dashney and Ellois Hannah. (Photo courtesy Demmeri Gallon). Photo courtesy Demmeri Gallon
The program is open to high school juniors and seniors.

Apex Performance offers fitness training at professional level

Apex Performance is located at  4205 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. (Photo courtesy of Sam Poole). Photo courtesy of Sam Poole.
Workouts consist of a warm-up, weight lifting and cardio finisher.

Last man sentenced in shark-dragging case. He’ll spend weekends in jail.

Robert Lee “Bo” Benac III, now 30, is the last man sentenced in the infamous 2017 case of the boaters dragging a shark that went viral. The video shows a shark being dragged behind a boat on a rope as men laugh each time its body slams the water. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
The 2017 video of men dragging a shark using a boat went viral. Now a second man will spend 10 days in jail because of it.

Goody Goody ‘Hamburger Queen’ Yvonne Freeman dies at 91

Yvonne Freeman of Goody Goody restaurant holds a platter stacked with the unique burgers from the Tampa establishment. JIM REED  |  Tampa Bay Times (1998)
Starting as a carhop in 1947, she later became a waitress, cook and then co-manager. When Goody Goody relaunched in Hyde Park, she shared long-guarded recipes and the restaurant’s famous secret sauce.

TRIBE offers affordable after school fun and in Seminole Heights

TRIBE, a nonprofit in Seminole Heights, offers after school activities for $5. Photo courtesy of TRIBE
The nonprofit offers more than 50 classes, ranging from fiber arts to Pokemon, each week.