Beau Zimmer grew up in St. Petersburg, attending Pinellas County Schools. Memories include flooding from Hurricane Elena, his first hockey game at the "Thunder Dome" and covering the Rays' first game as an intern.
Beau got his start in broadcasting back in 1989 right here at Channel 10 (currently 10News WTSP) on the Saturday morning children's show, This Side Up. From there, he went on to cover Florida for CNN's Real News for Kids. Returning to WTSP as a full-time reporter was a huge thrill for Beau in 2005. Before coming home, he reported in Louisville and Gainesville.
In 2005, he was nominated for an Emmy for his reports on children hit by cars in school zone crosswalks. The series helped change laws which resulted in stricter penalties for school zone speeders. He's also been honored by the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters for his feature and investigative reporting.
People know Beau loves to eat. His addicted to Publix Deli Subs and California Pizza Kitchen. Among the stories Beau covers include the series, Restaurant Red Alert, which looks at restaurants that have been closed due to health inspection violations and what they do to turn it around.
His favorite vacation is snow skiing in the Rockies.
What does he like most about Tampa Bay? Growing up, he couldn't wait to move away ... but he'll never forget his first trip back to Tampa after spending the winter up north. He took off in a blizzard and arrived home to feel the humidity hit his face. Driving across the Howard Frankland, he knew this was paradise.