Aaron Mesmer is a general assignment reporter for FOX 13. He joined the FOX 13 News team in March 2013.
Aaron is a six-time Emmy Award-nominated and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning reporter who is happy his road led him south. The native New Yorker feels like a Floridian at heart, having family members spread out across the Sunshine State.
Aaron came to FOX 13 after two years at News 12 Connecticut in the New York City market as a reporter and fill-in anchor. During that time, he reported on some of the region's biggest stories, providing extensive coverage of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT, as well as Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene.
Prior to that, Aaron spent four and a half years at News 14 Carolina in Charlotte, NC, covering the station's financial beat and helping lead the coverage of the financial crisis in 2008 and '09. His broadcasting career began in West Virginia.
Aaron graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in broadcast journalism and an outside concentration in trumpet performance.
When Aaron isn't out reporting, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Suzy, and their dog, enjoying the beautiful Tampa Bay area and watching the Yankees, Jets, and Tar Heels.
The Hillsborough County School Board and Superintendent Addison Davis agreed Tuesday on a plan for Davis to improve his performance from harsh criticism from some employees.
Florida’s education commissioner said a takeover could happen if the Hillsborough County School Board and superintendent can’t solve its massive budget deficit.
Richard Corcoran called Hillsborough's budget situation "a point of crisis" and he threatened to take over the district if their problems are not resolved -- or if superintendent Addison Davis is fired.
Manatee County commissioners have extended the state of emergency that was issued weeks ago when a leak sprung at the old Piney Point phosphate plant wastewater stacks.
Dozens of Hillsborough County teachers Monday were still processing an email they received from the district at the end of last week informing them they're being laid off.
Hundreds of boaters held an alternative Gasparilla boat parade Saturday, triggering excitement among Gasparilla fans and COVID-19 concerns among health experts.
The woman who was saved when a Tampa police officer sacrificed his life to protect her by driving into the path of a wrong-way driver spoke publicly for the first time Friday.
FEMA's COVID-19 vaccination site in Tampa will enter its second phase Wednesday, with the majority of shots set aside for second doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
Authorities issued a statewide Amber Alert in Florida Friday for a missing Tennessee teenager after she might have been spotted in the Panhandle.
Gasparilla might be canceled, but dozens of South Tampa homeowners are planning on carrying on the pirate traditions in a COVID-19-safe way.