Gabrielle Calise, Social Trending Producer

Gabrielle Calise

Social Trending Producer

As a digital native, I love finding unusual stories and telling them in new ways online. I get excited about offbeat news, funny tweets and creative visuals. I grew up in Clearwater and joined the Tampa Bay Times as a web producer intern after graduating from the University of Florida in June 2018. I previously worked at the NPR station in North Central Florida and The Gainesville Sun. When I'm not on the web desk, I can be found at the nearest concert, eating some kind of dessert, or kickboxing.

KFC chicken and donut sandwiches are a thing now

KFC's latest creation features donuts. KFC
You canít get these in Florida yet, but the new menu items are already popular on social media.

Busch Gardensí gorilla Sim Sim, star of a Super Bowl commercial, has died.

Two western lowland gorillas at Busch Gardens were part of the successful Budweiser ad campaign during Super Bowl XLI. Sim Sim, left, and Cenzoo, right, helped sell Bud Light. Busch Gardens  |  Tampa Tribune
Sim Simís claim to fame was a 2007 Bud Light commercial.

The first Skyway Bridge opened 65 years ago. It was a triumph. Then came the tragedy.

The Sunshine Skyway under construction. Staff  |  St. Petersburg Times
It was one of the longest bridges in the world. It was almost named the Magic Carpet. Hereís what else you didnít know about Tampa Bayís iconic bridge.

Stunning shots of Hurricane Dorian from above, inside and below the storm

This GOES-16 satellite image taken Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at 16:40 UTC and provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Dorian, left, churning over Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian hovered over the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with a fearsome Category 4 assault that forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passes. AP
Incredible images, from the view at the space station to eye of the storm.

ĎExtremely dangerous,í Hurricane Dorian now a Category 4 as it hovers over the Bahamas

Satellite imagery of Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, September 2. National Hurricane Center
Dorian, crawling at just 1 mph, still poses a threat to the east coast of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.