Kavitha Surana, Night General Assignment Reporter

Kavitha Surana

Night General Assignment Reporter

I cover everything that happens after dark in the Tampa Bay area — and then some. I love being a reporter because it means my job is to ask questions and to talk to people from all walks of life. I’m always working to uncover the stories behind the “story” and hold powerful institutions to account. When I’m not out reporting in the community, you can usually find me digging into public records or scouring the internet for sources. My past reporting has taken me to some far-flung places, from Italy and Germany to Rwanda and the U.S.-Mexico border. Now my energy is focused on getting to know the hidden pockets of Tampa Bay. If you’d like to teach me something about this area — maybe show me a day in your life or tell me about something that’s not right in your community — drop me a line at ksurana@tampabay.com. You can also reach me securely on Signal at 646-463-1817. También puedes contactarte conmigo en español.

Valrico woman wounded by man who killed himself in murder-suicide attempt, deputies say

Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. Jamal Thalji  |  Tampa Bay Times
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office believes the man tried to kill the woman, then shot and killed himself.

Six students arrested after fights break out at Middleton High School

Tampa's Middleton High School was the scene of numerous fights Tuesday afternoon which led to the arrests of six students. Times Files  |  Times files
Extra Tampa police officers were called in to help calm the campus. Two students ended up in the hospital.

Man threatens to shoot down Coast Guard aircraft and sink its vessels

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer drops from a helicopter during a training exercise off Honeymoon Island State Park in 2012. Jim Damaske
The bizarre threat and fakes calls for help are being transmitted over marine radio. It sounds like the same man, the Coast Guard said.

Boater in fatal water scooter crash was impaired, speeding back to shore, Pinellas deputies say

Jesse Mayer, 35, faces charges of boating under the influence manslaughter, vessel homicide, child neglect, reckless operation of a vessel and violation of navigation rules, according to deputies. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Jesse Mayer, 35, is also a charter boat captain who had a 9-year-old girl onboard when the collision took place, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Man arrested in fatal Madeira Beach jet ski accident

Jesse Mayer, 35, faces several charges, including BUI manslaughter, vessel homicide, child neglect, reckless operation of a vessel and violation of navigation rules. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
The Redington Beach man faces several charges.