Bill Varian, Assistant Metro Editor

Bill Varian

Assistant Metro Editor

Officially, I am the assistant metro editor/economy & growth. Feel free to just call me the business editor. I supervise a team of reporters who write about everything from real estate to retail and seek to explain how what happens behind the counter affects you in front of it. Before editing, I wrote about Hillsborough County government and politics for the Times after reporting gigs in Tallahassee, Augusta, Ga. and Burlington, N.C. I’m a fourth-generation newsman. In my off time, it’s a good day if I’m in my kayak, a redfish on the end of my line. At home, I’m known as Grand-Dude. Hit me at

How much do you think Floridians spend on the lottery each year?

An employee prints 10,000 lottery tickets for a customer’s lottery club at Ybor Metro Market on October 23, 2018 in Tampa. To print the $20,000 worth of tickets takes the employees about 5 hours.
It’s more than the national average, but residents of other states spend a lot more.

‘Hi, this is Mayor Jane Castor’

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times]
The new mayor makes it airport official on Thursday, recording the greeting played on shuttle rides at Tampa International.

Times’ journalists honored with National Headliner Awards

Jay Cridlin. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Feature writing, investigative reporting, photography and online presentation are recognized.

Tampa Bay’s Top 100 workplaces

Tampa's Top 100 Workplaces 2019
A ranking of the best places to work in the region, according to their employees.

Top large workplaces in Tampa Bay

CHRIS URSO   |   TimesKnowBe4's Christian Sheedy, senior vice president of small business sales, works at his desk while a chicken noise maker is seen Thursday, March 21, 2019 in Clearwater. The company employs over 600 workers at offices around the world. Stu Sjouwerman, founder and CEO of KnowBe4, started the company in 2010.
These 25 large companies towered above the rest in our annual survey.