Ferdinand Zogbaum, Reporter
When Bay News 9 launched in 1997, it demonstrated a level of commitment to the communities beyond Tampa and St. Petersburg unprecedented in Bay area television with a plan for newsrooms in each of the counties in the station's coverage area.
This "County-by-County" vision for covering Bay area news led to the opening of the Hernando County newsroom, and the assignment of reporter Ferdinand Zogbaum, the only reporter dedicated to covering news from that area. Ferdinand joined the Bay News 9 team in 2004 on a temporary basis.
Since he is fluent in both English and Spanish, Ferdinand filed reports for Spanish-language news channel Bay News 9 en español, in addition to reporting in English for Bay News 9. Before long, Ferdinand's talent and dedication led to a full-time reporting job in the news channel's Hernando County newsroom.
A graduate of the University of Miami's masters program in broadcast journalism, Ferdinand gained experience working with the university's award-winning cable and radio stations. He also wrote, produced, and did camera work and editing for Steven Productions in Miami, and worked for Sailing World magazine. Before going into the media, Ferdinand's career path took him across the Caribbean and South America. He owned his own business in Mexico; lived and worked in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, and Colombia; and worked for the U.S. Commercial Attachè to Peru in Lima, Peru.
Ferdinand holds a Master of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American studies from the University of Rhode Island.