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JAVA INGRAM @javaingramtv

10 Tampa Bay

Java Ingram is the Host of the weekday lifestyle/entertainment show Great Day Live! GDL airs LIVE on the local CBS station, 10 Tampa Bay and celebrates all things Tampa Bay! For an hour, each day the show highlights all the great small businesses, non-profits, sports team, events, arts, and entertainment the region has to offer! 

Java is an award-winning journalist, having been recognized by the Associated Press for Best Anchor, Best Reporter and Best Franchise Reporting, just to name a few. When she's not working, Java is very passionate about giving back to the community - locally she's volunteered with the Centre for Women, St. Jude, Youth America Grand Prix, Skyway 10 K and Art Ties US just to name a few. She has also served on the Corporate Boards for The Boys and Girls Club of North Mississippi, The Civic Ballet Company, The Doniphan Dance Project and the Leadership Council for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Alabama.  

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JESSICA STOLLENMAIER @tampafoodgirl

Tampa Food Girl

Jessica Stollenmaier is a local food blogger and social media professional who has run her food blog Tampa Food Girl on Instagram since 2018. There she shares her passion for food, drinks, and dining in general, focusing on being informative and showcasing foods that make your mouth water and your eyes happy. She cares deeply about the Tampa Bay community, and loves shining a spotlight on local restaurants.

A former picky eater, Jessica is now a proud foodie who is as passionate about multi-course tasting menus as she is about chicken tendies & fries! She is proud to have been named Best Local Influencer 2020 for Social Media Day.

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LAURIE SCHROEDER @laurielivinlife

Laurie Livin Life

Laurie is a Lifestyle Blogger (Laurie Livin Life) focusing on food, drinks & events.She specializes in blog advertising, social media posts, attending events, promotions, giveaways, brand ambassador positions, promotions and much more. She focuses alot on amazing events, restaurant reviews, product reviews, fashion, travel and over all giving my recommendations for amazing products and hot spots in different cities!

A proud USF Alumni (GO BULLS!) now living in Sarasota, Fl, she is a huge sports nut and never misses a game. Laurie describes herself as a hometown TomBoy who loves food, beer, sports & fun!

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Forking Around Town

Tracy Guida is a Tampa based food and football obsessed girl that loves to fork around town. As the blogger behind Eat, Drink & Be Tracy and Forking Around Town, she lives for food and isn’t afraid to show it. Tailgating is one of her favorite hobbies and she loves getting creative with recipes. You can follow her on Instagram @tracyforksaroundtown and @tracyguida to see what she is currently eating.

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VANESSA ARAIZA @araiza_report

ABC Action News WFTS

Vanessa Araiza is the weekend morning anchor at ABC Action News. She came to “Champa Bay” in August of 2019 from Orlando, Florida. She’s happy to call the Bay Area home and fell in love with it during her first Gasparilla trip when she was in her wee 20’s. 

Vanessa began her career in Dothan, Alabama (she hadn’t heard of the city either) where she learned to cut her teeth, make incredible friends, and eat some GREAT BBQ.  She then ventured “north” to Birmingham before deciding to come back to Central Florida. 

In her spare time she enjoys checking out new restaurants and volunteering with a local dog rescue