The Independent Florida Alligator 

In January 2020, one of the largest independently-run college newspapers hired me as their sports photographer. In August 2020, I accepted the position as multimedia editor for fall.

Here are links to my published work. 

Gainesville man arrested after his baby and girlfriend were shot and killed

Gainesville Police arrested a 26-year-old man accused of killing his girlfriend and 3-month-old child and shooting at his neighbor Friday evening.

Kivi J. Ellis is being held in the Alachua County Jail on two charges of homicide and one charge of attempted homicide on a bond of $1 million as of Saturday evening, according to county records.

The woman who died was also a mother to 3- and 5-year-olds with Ellis, according to the report. Police found the two children hiding under a bed in a house on the block after arresting Ellis.

Progressive organizations host post-election rallies at Gainesville City Hall

As the nation awaits the results of the 2020 presidential election, clouds tinged with anticipation hovered over progressive groups’ first post-Election Day events.

Two rallies took place at Gainesville City Hall Wednesday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to combat President Donald Trump’s early claims of victory. The groups demanded fair elections and asked community members to organize and continue fighting for their rights.

Gainesville sinkhole spans 90 feet, residents evacuated

The Robasciotti family could have never anticipated that their safe haven would cave in within a matter of days. 

Erin Robasciotti, a 36-year-old Gainesville resident, was tucking her 11-year-old daughter in for a nap Thursday when she heard a thunder-like noise from her backyard. She then opened the screened sliding door of her home in the West End Estates neighborhood, located near Northwest 14th Place. She was met with a massive sinkhole forming in her backyard where her daughter spent her days playing.

Photos by Emily Felts

Story by Alan Halaly

A 49-year legacy of hair cuts and Southern hospitality

Smiling eyes and the faint fragrance of shaving cream greet patrons as they enter the barbershop on the ground floor of UF’s Reitz Union. The grey tile floors, black leather chairs and Gator sports memorabilia bring a sense of old school, hometown comfort to the building’s business-oriented atmosphere. 

Photos by Emily Felts

Story by Rachel Slay

EXCLUSIVE: UF President Kent Fuchs sees university on top as students hit rock bottom

Video by Emily Felts 

Photography by Emily Felts, Samantha Harrison and Chasity Maynard

Photos: Hundreds march against racial inequality

On Friday, August 28, 2020, protesters gathered at Heavener Hall in remembrance of the people who lost their lives due to racial injustices. The protesters marched down W. University Avenue, where members from the men’s and women’s UF basketball teams, football players and Dan Mullen, the head football coach joined in support. Everyone marched to Bo Diddley Plaza where they sat in silence for eight minutes, the same amount of time George Floyd laid with a knee to the back of his neck. 

The protest stayed peaceful and police officers drove alongside marchers.

Photos by: Emily Felts and Lauren Witte

Live tweet thread: Hundreds march against racial inequality

More than 200 masked people gathered Friday evening at the intersection of University Avenue and 13th Street and marched downtown to Bo Diddley Community Plaza to protest the shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a Black man shot by police while entering his car after he was tased.

Six months into the job, Santa Fe College’s president balances school with safety

Santa Fe College President Paul Broadie has faced the same challenges as any new leader — plus a global pandemic.

Almost immediately after the 52-year-old’s start at Santa Fe in February, he had to balance an introduction to the Santa Fe community while also keeping it safe. Six months in, he’s added an extra challenge: re-opening a school of 22,000 students under the threat of COVID-19.

Photos by Emily Felts

Life Goes On

Students enjoy an afternoon in Plaza of the Americas Friday afternoon. 

Photography by Emily Felts/Alligator Staff. 

Love Under Occupation

Arda Aghazarian, a Palestinian activist, leads a lecture on love in Palestine and how the illegal occupation influences the everyday relationships of Palestinians. She spoke to students at the Loving in Palestine event hosted by UF’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine at the Civic Media Center Tuesday evening.

Photography by Emily Felts/Alligator Staff

2019 wrap-up: A look behind the lens

Sometimes, pictures paint an image words simply cannot. 2019 told hundreds of stories, and our photojournalists were able to capture those moments through the lens. From moving shots to action-filled stills, there was plenty to see in the Gainesville area. Photographers Chris Day, Emily Felts, Margaret Dotson and Sam Thomas chose their five favorite photos from 2019 and explained what their photos mean to them.

Gainesville celebrates 150th anniversary with skateboarding, painting

As part of the 150th anniversary of Gainesville, the city hosted an event with blaring music, wall art and skateboards.

Photography by Emily Felts/Alligator Staff

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