Who Wants To Be a Cop?

Reporter Lane DeGregory and photographer John Pendygraft follow a recent cohort of recruits at the St. Petersburg College’s Law Enforcement Academy.

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Published: Jul 11, 2021

Tampa Teens Reported a Teacher’s Sexual Comments. Then a Student’s Life Was Upended.

“Madisyn didn’t know it, but Hillsborough County Public Schools has a troubled history when it comes to protecting students from sexual misconduct.”

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Published: Jun 27, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,719 words)

Poisoned

“Hundreds of workers at a Tampa lead smelter have been exposed to dangerous levels of the neurotoxin. The consequences have been profound.”

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Published: Mar 24, 2021
Length: 26 minutes (6,560 words)

Life of Zai

A local singer with big dreams keeps getting close to stardom. Then her body and mind start to fail her.

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Published: Apr 19, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,500 words)

How the Pinellas Sheriff’s Office Boosts Its Rape Stats Without Solving Cases

It’s 2020, and law enforcement still thinks that scared, reluctant, or uncooperative victims are lying.

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Published: Jan 5, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,199 words)

Hundreds of Florida Inmates Are Serving Drug Sentences No Longer in State Law

Jomari DeLeon, a mother of three, is serving the third year of a 15-year sentence for selling 48 prescription tablets to an undercover cop — a severe penalty that’s a result of Florida’s “tough on crime” laws passed in the 1990s. Lawmakers now view those old drug sentencing laws as going too far, and have passed new legislation to give lighter sentences for those selling prescription drugs. Unfortunately for DeLeon, the new laws do not retroactively apply to her case.

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Published: Nov 13, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,265 words)

The Bottom Line

Diaper companies have poured billions of dollars into research and development to make their products better, but not cheaper, which can be hard on low-income families living on a tight budget.

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Published: Mar 28, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,741 words)

She’s Taught at the Parkland High School for 14 Years. Can She Go Back?

Journalism teacher Melissa Falkowski survived the shooting that claimed 17 peoples’ lives, but the aftermath is just as challenging. She returned to the classroom where she and her students huddled for safety, but now her son worries he isn’t safe at elementary school. How can she tell him otherwise?

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Published: Feb 23, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,232 words)

Gang raped at 17. Therapy at 65.

Evelyn Robinson was gang raped in 1969 by four men. She’s been dealing with the trauma ever since.

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Published: Jan 4, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,250 words)

Walmart: Thousands of Police Calls. You Paid the Bill.

“When it comes to calling the cops, Walmart is such an outlier compared with its competitors that experts criticized the corporate giant for shifting too much of its security burden onto taxpayers.”

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Published: May 12, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4,673 words)