Anastasia Dawson, Hillsborough Commission and General Assignment Reporter

Anastasia Dawson

Hillsborough Commission and General Assignment Reporter

I’m an east Hillsborough County native whose ancestors were among the first settlers in the community of Dover. My parents built their home on an old family orange grove, sandwiched between my grandparents’ home (where my mother grew up) and a 100-year-old house built by my great, great grandparents. Still, I couldn’t resist my big city dreams, so after earning my journalism degree from the University of South Florida I moved to bustling Riverview. A two-week internship at the Tampa Tribune turned into three years of covering education in both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. In 2016 I joined the Times as a general assignment reporter in Tampa, which often means running into family, friends and former classmates while out gathering the news. A majority of those stories involve our local criminal justice system.

Going to 'Hamilton'? Here are some tips on where to park

CHRIS URSO   |   Times
Traffic is seen along W Cass Street near the intersection of Doyle Carlton Drive near the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 in Tampa. Patrons arriving for a performance of the hit Broadway show Hamilton were able to negotiate parking with limited issues.
But be warned: That space may include serious sticker shock

'Hamilton' parking: Life, liberty and the pursuit of a spot

Traffic is seen along W Cass Street near the intersection of Doyle Carlton Drive near the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 in Tampa. Patrons arriving for a performance of the hit Broadway show Hamilton were able to negotiate parking with limited issues. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
Eighty-thousand people will descend on downtown Tampa during 4-week run at the Straz. But where will they park?

Former city councilman, three first-time candidates hope to replace Yolie Capin on Tampa City Council

John Dingfelder faces challenge from community activist Nicholas Glover, Seminole Heights Civic Association President Stephen Lytle and realtor Vibha Shevade for the District 3 seat. (Times Files)
John Dingfelder faces challenge from community activist Nicholas Glover, Seminole Heights Civic Association President Stephen Lytle and realtor Vibha Shevade for the District 3 seat.

Firefighters sound alarm: Hillsborough needs more fire stations

Hillsborough Fire Rescue firefighters battling a massive blaze in Tampa’s Northdale neighborhood last year. Fire Rescue and union officials told county commissioners on Wednesday that 25 to 30 new fire stations must be built over the next three decades to keep up with population growth. [Hillsborough County Fire Rescue]
Firefights, union officials tell county commissioners that Hillsborough is growing too fast for its first-responders. They need new stations and reinforcements.

Arbitrator upholds firing Hillsborough fire medic in motorcycle gang

Key West Police say Clinton Neal Walker, a former Hillsborough County firefighter, was among several members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club who attacked two bar employees in 2016. This mug shot was taken at the Monroe County jail in 2016. Walker was fired in 2017, which a federal arbitrator has upheld. [Monroe County Sheriff’s Office]
The federal arbitrator supports Hillsborough County’s right to fire an employee for his “unwavering loyalty” to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.