Evan Axelbank is a general assignment reporter for FOX 13 News. He joined the FOX 13 News team in January 2014.
Evan is originally from the Bronx and graduated from Ithaca College on the South Hill of Ithaca, New York, with a degree in journalism and a minor in politics. Although Evan started his career in New York, working at WROC in Rochester and News 10 in Syracuse, he is no stranger to the Florida sunshine. He is also familiar with the Tampa Bay area.
He spent the last three years working at WPTV in West Palm Beach. While there, he covered presidential debates, tropical storms, the NBA Finals, and the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Evan is an avid Mets fan, loves to read books about American history, and can be seen on the golf course in his spare time.
While some Florida counties taped off their sandy shores to the public for the holiday weekend, that's not the case in the Tampa Bay region.
Doctors say 75 to 90% of a population has to be immune before outbreaks aren't a big concern. With 4% of Floridians testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies, a widely-available vaccine is the only way to get there.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida has doubled week over week, from 23,631 to 48,603, but Gov. DeSantis says he is not considering ordering any further closings.
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute say they have discovered COVID-19 has mutated, making it easier to catch. It is still unclear, however, if the virus has become more dangerous.
As Florida's new cases of Coronavirus continue to surge, the governor gave no indication during a stop in Tampa that he is reconsidering Florida's reopening plan. But he also made it clear the state is not ready to move to the next phase.
The Republican National Convention is slated to begin in Jacksonville in just over two months, but the plethora of logistics are yet to be decided upon, as COVID-19 cases rise in Florida.
The state's ski slope upwards in new daily COVID-19 cases is almost being mirrored in Hillsborough County, where a month ago, it was common to see new daily cases number in the 20s. Friday, there were more than 400.
The biggest impact player in Tampa Bay sports right now is COVID-19.
The chomp goes hand in hand with University of Florida sports. At least, it used to.
The head of the NAACP in Hernando County is pledging to start a movement to get Hernando County's monument to Confederate soldiers removed.