Vanessa Ruffes is the traffic and entertainment reporter for Good Day Tampa Bay. She joined the FOX 13 Team in June 2014 as a multimedia news reporter.
Born in Tallahassee, Vanessa is thrilled to cover stories that matter to her native Sunshine State. She's also particularly glad to be back in the Tampa Bay area, where she spent part of her childhood and many of her family members still reside.
Before coming to Tampa, Vanessa was a reporter in Fort Myers at WINK-TV, where her focus was highlighting people and organizations making a difference in Southwest Florida. Vanessa began her broadcasting career in Macon, Georgia at WMAZ-TV. Many of her favorite stories there came from covering the nearby Robins Air Force Base.
Vanessa graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia. She has been recognized by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters.
When she's not working, Vanessa loves to try out new recipes, spend time with her family -- human and canine -- and root for the Rays.
Catching, cleaning and cooking up a fresh catch doesn’t need to intimidating.
Vanessa teamed up with Captain Dylan Hubbard of Hubbard's Marina, and convinced him to share his secret family recipe. The ingredients are specific and haven't changed in three generations. Don't worry, this grilled mangrove snapper recipe is easy to make. Hubbard brought the fresh catch and Vanessa brought the sides.
If you’re a Bay Area hockey fan, no doubt you’ve already been to a Tampa Bay Lightning game. However, if you’re ready to take a deeper dive, there’s a way to satisfy your Bolts fandom even more.
Tom Kha soup, a Thai spicy and sour coconut soup, is worth indulging in -- no matter what the weather is outside.
Tampa Bay is full of hidden gems, and even hidden farms.
This seafood dish is basic fun with some store-bought puff pastry, Vanessa says. It's a simple salmon spread pinwheel recipe.