Profile

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF LAW
Juris Doctorate – 2000

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
Bachelor of Arts – Criminology – 1997

HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Radio/Television/ Broadcast Production Program
2009 – 2011

Experience

ASSISTANT STATE ATTORNEY (June 2003 – September 2005; August 2006 – September 2016)

State Attorney’s Office – Tampa, FL

  • Trial of over 130 cases before a jury including but not limited to Homicide, Robbery, Traffic Homicide, and Narcotics Trafficking
  • Specialized training in Traffic Homicide prosecution including crash reconstruction and trial presentation
  • Supervised and trained prosecutors on all levels as Lead Trial Attorney and Deputy Division Chief since 2004 to develop independent review of criminal cases while fostering the ideals of prosecutorial discretion
  • Responsible for review of probable cause determinations and filing of criminal charges as Deputy Division Chief
  • Actively assist law enforcement with pending criminal investigations including review of search warrants and subpoenas for arrest and prosecution
  • Daily case management and prosecution of over 200 to 300 cases as Felony Line Attorney since 2003

 

ANCHOR, WRITER, LEGAL CORRESPONDENT (June 2018 – Present)

NBC News Radio | iHeart Radio Tampa | NewsRadio WFLA

  • Writer and National Correspondent for NBC News Radio on 24/7 News Source
  • Anchor/Reporter for NewsRadio WFLA and Florida News Network (FNN/ iHeart Media News Network) broadcasts
  • Write and anchor LIVE NewsRadio WFLA daily afternoon drive news updates
  • Write and record statewide news updates for broadcast on iHeart Radio network markets in Tampa, Orlando and Miami
  • Legal Correspondent / Analyst for all NewsRadio WFLA and iHeart Radio broadcasts and platforms
  • Fill-in Co-Host ‘PM Tampa Bay with Ryan Gorman’ weeknights
  • Fill-in Co-host ‘AM Tampa Bay with Jack Harris and Aaron Jacobson’ weekday mornings
  • Host – ON THE DOCKET Podcast – Legal and Community affairs show
  • Co-Host and Reporter – iHeart Radio ‘Operation Storm Watch’ National Hurricane Coverage Team (Hurricanes Florence, Michael and Dorian)
  • Legal and Political Correspondent for iHeart Radio National Election and Political Coverage Specials (2018 Primary and Election Night coverage)

 

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER AND LEGAL ANALYST (October 2016 – June 2018)

WFLA NewsChannel 8 (NBC Affiliate)

  • Write scripts for daily and nightly newscasts
  • Produce and stack rundowns for morning newscasts as assigned
  • Assist reporters and anchors with story development and content
  • Political Producer – News Channel 8 TODAY Weekend Political Show
  • Contributed LIVE segments on WFLA NewsChannel 8 TODAY programming as Legal Analyst
  • Provide on-air content for reporter packages as assigned

 

LEGAL ANALYST (May 2011 – 2018) (FREELANCE)

  • Provide LIVE on-air reports and analysis of local, national and international legal and political headlines in #11 Tampa Bay demographic market
  • Contribute to national network series productions for Jupiter Entertainment (airing on TV ONE and Investigation Discovery Channel)
  • Provide LIVE segments for #1 rated News Radio WFLA ‘AM Tampa Bay’ morning news show on iHeart Media Radio network (2012 – 2018)
  • Contribute to Legal and Political segments for 970WFLA ‘PM Tampa Bay with Ryan Gorman’ on iHeart Radio Network
  • Contributed to WFLA NewsChannel 8 TODAY programming as Legal Analyst (2016 –2018)
  • Provided LIVE weekly segments for ‘GOOD DAY TAMPA BAY’ Weekend Edition on

WTVT-FOX 13 (FOX News Owned/Operated) (2011 – 2014)  

  • Generate unique content/story ideas for producers, researching and writing stories for on-air reports for all platforms
  • Contribute to reporter packages and broadcasts as assigned
  • Coordinate interviews for reporters and producers for segments and packages with other sources

 

‘ON THE DOCKET’ ANCHOR / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER (Nov. 2011 – Jan. 2013) (FREELANCE)

 Hillsborough Community College – HAWK-TV / HawkRadio.com

  • Anchor / Executive Producer of news and legal affairs interview program in conjunction with student production staff of Hillsborough Community College in LIVE radio and digital format online
  • Responsible for assembling rundown, booking guests and script writing for all hour-long broadcasts
  • Wrote, produced, shot and edited all MMJ style packages across all platforms of FELIX VEGA NEWS to supplement live interviews with guests
  • Management of all social media accounts on Facebook, \Twitter and YouTube
  • Supervised production team for live-to-tape broadcasts

 

WTVT – FOX 13 NEWS – INTERN (May 2010 – May 2011)

  • Trained with weekday general assignment reporters on ‘Good Day Tampa Bay’
  • Worked weekends with producers, anchors and reporters from 6am – 6pm between ‘Good Day’ in-studio and General Assignment (GA) reporters dayside
  • Worked with Consumer Unit researching and interviewing subjects for daily/weekly packages
  • Generated nightly web content and long form legal stories for MyFoxTampaBay.com
  • Web photographer for major event coverage on MyFoxTampaBay.com
  • Traveled with reporters and production crews statewide to assist in live event coverage

 

ADJUNCT FACULTY – HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE

“Criminal Litigation” – Paralegal Program (January 2012 – May 2015)

  • Practical application of Florida criminal law and procedure on the streets and in the courtroom from perspectives of law enforcement, prosecutors and defense attorneys
  • Collaboration with Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office, Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to offer field training for students observing autopsies, crime scene investigation and SWAT demonstrations

 

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY (October 2005 – August 2006)

Butler Pappas Weimuller Katz & Craig

  • Case management of property claims for national and international insurance companies surrounding the 2004-2005 Hurricane season
  • Prepared legal memoranda related to catastrophic property and business income losses for media markets after Hurricane Katrina including analysis of post 9/11 World Trade Center litigation
  • Analysis of adjustor and accounting reports to properly advise client businesses of proper resolution of claims on case-by-case basis related to actual loss and projected business income losses
  • Prepared pleadings at direction of client companies for litigation and settlement of claims

 

CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY (March 2003 – June 2003)

Escobar & Associates, P.A.

  • Practice in field of criminal defense with primary focus on Driving Under the Influence and first-time felony offenders

 

ASSISTANT STATE ATTORNEY (September 2000 – March 2003)

State Attorney’s Office – Broward County, Florida

  • Prosecution of misdemeanor and felony cases including Driving Under the Influence, Narcotics Possession and Trafficking, violent crimes against persons, firearms possession and Homicide cases

Awards

  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church
    • Lector, Eucharistic Minister, RCIA Catechist, Communications Team, Knights of Columbus member
  • Member / Credentialed Correspondent – United States Press Association
  • Member – New York Press Club
  • Member – Florida Bar
  • Member – Federal Bar – United States District Court – Middle District of Florida
  • Member – Federal Bar – United States District Court – Southern District of Florida
  • Coordinator – University of South Florida Criminology Department “Summer Experience” (2016, 2018)
  • Guest Lecturer – University of South Florida Criminology Department (2011 – present)
  • Co-Host / Facilitator – 2016 Victorious Fashion Show – Now Living Victorious Domestic Violence Ministry
  • Member – Board of Directors – CrimeStoppers of Tampa Bay (2014 – 2018)
  • Member – University of South Florida / Hillsborough County Youth & Gun Violence Committee
  • Member / Moderator – Florida Attorney General’s 2015 National Conference on Prevention of Crime in the Black Community
  • Moderator – Gasparilla International Film Festival (2013, 2014)
  • Volunteer / Member – 2009 NFL Experience at Super Bowl XLIII – National Football League
  • Volunteer / Member – 2009 Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee