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.

Live coverage: St. Pete Pride 2019

Janet Martinez, 21, (right) and her girlfriend , Asia Nguyen, 21, share a hug on Saturday during the St. Pete Pride Parade and festivities in St. Petersburg. (MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE   |   Times)
The latest news and updates on Florida’s largest Pride celebration.

‘How much more can they do to screw two cities?’ Rays’ Montreal news stuns Tampa, Hillsborough officials.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor throws out the ceremonial first pitch on Pride Night at St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field before the Rays played the Angels on June 14. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
But some Tampa and Hillsborough officials say they’re not part of the Rays’ stadium solution.

Spending, ‘rebranding efforts,’ raise questions about Hillsborough’s soon-to-be-gone Civil Service Board

Then-County Commissioner Kevin Beckner during a 2013 meeting. He is being paid $220,000 annually as executive director of Hillsborough’s Civil Service Board, which will be abolished on Oct. 1. [SKIP O’ROURKE  |  Times]
The public agency has just eight employees, but its director is paid $220,000 a year

Woman, 76, struck and killed by distracted driver in Walmart parking lot, troopers say

The storefront of the Walmart Supercenter located at 19910 Bruce B. Downs Road in Tampa. [Times files (2017)]
Carol Wangberg Bradley was walking in a crosswalk outside the Palm Harbor store.

20-year-old man shot by Clearwater police officer

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The shooting occurred at about 7:15 p.m. after the officer responded to a call about a disturbance at 1008 LaSalle Steet, polcie said.