Wayne Garcia

Wayne Garcia is working with the WUSF newsroom and its digital media interns for the fall 2019 semester. 

He is a journalism instructor at the USF Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications. His background is in political and investigative journalism.

As a journalist, Garcia worked for the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune and Gainesville Sun daily newspapers.

During his tenure as the political editor for the alt-weekly Creative Loafing, Garcia won two Sunshine State Awards for his political writing and his widely read political blog. He was the 2009 recipient of the Irene Miller Vigilance in Journalism Award from the Pinellas Chapter of the ACLU.

Florida's sheriffs are worried that some vulnerable children are caught in the middle of a struggle between foster care and group homes, which also threatens their youth ranches.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody Wednesday targeted more than 20 e-cigarette makers as she announced an investigation into how they are contributing to the teen vaping crisis.

The line of students stretched for more than 100 yards and wound down a flight of stairs as University of South Florida students tried to beat three other Florida universities at getting their flu shots on Wednesday.

USF joined for the first time with Florida State University, the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida to encourage students to be immunized. They dubbed the competition "4 U's Fight The Flu." 

Florida drivers now must put down their cell phones anytime they are in a school or work zone or they could eventually get a $60 ticket.

State Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, helped champion the bill that went into effect Tuesday and was at Dale Mabry Elementary School in Tampa on its first day. Toledo stood alongside Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, school Superintendent Jeff Eakins and School Board Member Stacy Hahn to say education -- not enforcement -- is the key.