Lisa Peakes

Lisa Peakes is the local host of NPR's All Things Considered on WUSF 89.7.

Lisa's radio career spans over 35 years and includes work in commercial pop, alternative and rock formats in New England, where she created and hosted programs featuring celtic, blues, and early jazz music.

She majored in acting at Emerson College in Boston, where she was in the national touring company of a production for deaf audiences and appeared in the Academy Award-winning film Equilibriumness.

Lisa is a graduate of Vermont College at Norwich University, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art.

In public radio, she’s received local and national awards for her work as a newscaster, and has been honored for her work as an investigative journalist. The Society of Professional Journalists recognized Lisa as Florida's Anchor of The Year in 2017 and her newscasts were chosen as the best in the Southern states by the SPJ in 2016 and 2018.

She is also a professioal figure athlete. You can contact her at 813-974-8656 or at lpeakes@wusf.org.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Thursday’s report from the Florida Department of Health showed an increase of 6,236 people testing positive for the coronavirus in the state since Wednesday's report.

It brings the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 557,137.

The number of people whose deaths were attributed to the coronavirus over a 24-hour period in Florida was again over 200 Wednesday, according to state health officials.

It’s the second straight day the death toll has been over 200, and the seventh time it has exceeded that figure since July 29.

The Florida Department of Health reported the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths recorded in a 24-hour period Tuesday.

Statewide, the deaths of 276 people were recorded since the Monday report. The previous daily high was 257 on July 31.

The number of new people testing positive for the coronavirus continues to decline in Florida. However, deaths in the greater Tampa Bay region included record highs in Manatee and Sarasota counties Monday.

While Florida added 7,650 positive coronavirus tests Thursday, the positivity rate for first-time tests fell to just over eight percent.

The total number of people who’ve tested positive for the coronavirus is at 510,389.

The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Florida has passed the half-million mark.

With Wednesday's report, 502,739 people have tested positive since the start of the pandemic. State health officials reported 5,409 positive tests since Tuesday.

Deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Florida spiked again Tuesday.

The daily figures from the Department of Health shows the deaths of 245 people were reported statewide since Monday, bringing the total dead from the coronavirus to 7,402.

Florida’s daily coronavirus case numbers have shown fewer new positive tests in recent days.

State health officials reported 4,752 new cases Monday, bringing the total of those who’ve tested positive for the virus to 491,884. It was the lowest single-day number of new positive tests since June 23.

The COVID-19 death toll continues to reach record levels in Florida with Thursday’s report from the Department of Health showing the highest number of deaths recorded in 24 hours to date.

The report shows 253 people have died in the state since Wednesday’s report. The new figure brings the total number of deaths from the virus to 6,586.

According to state health officials, more people died due to complications from COVID-19 since Tuesday's report than during any other 24-hour period since the pandemic began.

It was the second straight day that coronavirus-related deaths reached their highest levels since the pandemic began.

State officials reported the most deaths in a single day from the coronavirus Tuesday.

The report from the Florida Department of Health showed 186 deaths in the state since Monday’s report; pushing the statewide toll to 6,117. The previous single day high was 173 deaths reported less than a week ago on Thursday.

The daily number of people testing positive for the coronavirus dipped below 9,000 for the first time in 18 days Monday, according to state health officials.

Florida and the greater Tampa Bay region saw a record number of deaths related to the coronavirus over the past seven days. 

State health officials report Thursday's death toll due to COVID-19 is the highest on record.

The daily report from the Department of Health showed 173 deaths in the state in the 24-hour period since Wednesday’s report, bringing the statewide total deaths to 5,518.

The toll of COVID-19-related deaths in Florida surpassed 130 for the second-straight day Wednesday.

The Florida Department of Health reported 139  people have died in the state in the 24-hour period since Tuesday, bringing the statewide total deaths to 5,345. It was the second-highest number of deaths in Florida since the pandemic began; and five more than Tuesday’s toll. On July 16, 156 deaths were recorded.

Florida health officials reported 134 COVID-19-related deaths in the state on Tuesday, the second highest amount ever reported in a 24 hour period.

The daily report from the Florida Department of Health brings the total number of people killed by the virus in the state to 5,206.

Deaths attributed to the coronavirus in Florida have passed 5,000.

Monday’s report from the Florida Department of Health showed 90 deaths in the state in the 24-hour period since Sunday’s report, bringing the statewide total deaths to 5,072.

Florida closed out another work week of the coronavirus pandemic Friday seeing a record number of infections and deaths.

State health officials recorded the highest number of both new COVID-19 cases and deaths in a seven-day period.

Tampa is cracking down on restaurants that do not follow laws designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Wednesday, it sent a warning letter to over 80 businesses that sell alcohol. The letter was sent to a list of businesses in a city contact list, and was not saying that these specific establishments were in violation of city ordinances.

Florida health officials on Thursday reported 156 deaths in the state for the past 24-hour period. It’s the highest number of COVID-19 - related fatalities statewide to date.

Wednesday’s report from the Florida Department of Health shows 301,810 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the state - an increase of 10,181 positive tests since Tuesday.

Tuesday’s report from the Florida Department of Health shows it was the deadliest day for COVID-19-related deaths since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Health officials reported 132 deaths in the state since Monday’s report. It’s the largest number of deaths the state has recorded in a 24-hour period. The previous high was 120 deaths; recorded on July 9.

Officials with Florida blood donation center OneBlood are calling for individuals who are eligible to donate convalescent plasma.

As coronavirus cases surge, the group says the need for plasma is extraordinarily high.

Monday marks the fourth straight day the number of new positive coronavirus tests exceeded 10,000 in Florida.

According to the Florida Department of Health's Monday report, 282,435 people have now tested positive for the coronavirus in the state - an increase of 12,624 positive tests since Sunday.

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new statement Friday clarifying its position when it comes to schools reopening this fall.

Thursday was the deadliest day yet for Florida during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Florida Department of Health's Thursday report showed 120 coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours, bringing the statewide total to 4,009. The previous daily high was 83 deaths, recorded April 28.

Another nearly 10,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Florida.

According to the Florida Department of Health's Wednesday report, 223,783 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the state - an increase of 9,989 positive tests since Tuesday.

The Florida Department of Health's Tuesday report shows 213,794 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the state - an increase of 7,347 positive tests since Monday.

In the greater Tampa Bay region, the state reported 1,503 more people tested positive in the 24-hour period since the Monday report.

Pinellas County will open a new drive-through COVID-19 testing site Wednesday at the Duke Energy for the Arts Mahaffey Theater in St Petersburg.

People do not need to have symptoms to get tested.

According to the Florida Department of Health's Monday report, almost half of the statewide deaths were in the Tampa Bay area.

Of the 22 deaths in the region, eight were in Hillsborough County and nine were in Manatee County; daily high numbers for each county since the pandemic began.

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