Charlie Frago, Tampa City Hall Reporter

Charlie Frago

Tampa City Hall Reporter

I joined the Times in 2013 after working for newspapers and wire services in Chicago, Greensboro, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark. I've covered Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and developed an interest in all things municipal, from zoning to sewage. I have a bachelor's degree in history from Grinnell College in Iowa and masters' degrees in history and journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University. I've covered murders, prisons and congressional races alike in more than two decades as a reporter. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my wife and two children in Clearwater.

Jane Castor defends her record as Tampa police chief

Former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor says she’s proud of her leadership of the department, but there were controversies. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
The mayoral front-runner says she would have done some things differently in her six years as chief, but is proud of her record.

‘Any given day, it might be our last day’

Fire and police union officials criticize an ad by Tampa mayoral candidate David Straz attacking public pensions. March 22, 2019.
Police and fire unions decry David Straz’s ad attacking Jane Castor for her police pension. Straz says ‘double-dipping is double-dipping.’

David Straz: Fatal Tampa police shooting in 2014 may have prompted cover-up

An undated photo of Jason Westcott who was killed in May 2014 by Tampa police offricers who raided his home.  Westcott, a 29-year-old mechanic with no criminal convictions, was suspected of selling marijuana and killed by a SWAT team that found less than $2 of pot in his home. The case raised questions about how Tampa police use confidential informants and has become an issue in the 2019 mayor's race. [Courtesy of Westcott family]
The mayoral candidate made his remarks after meeting with the mother of Jason Westcott, who was fatally shot by police during a raid on his house.

That’s no whopper David Straz is telling. The millionaire candidate loves his Burger King.

Tampa mayoral candidate David Straz is a regular at the Burger King at 611 S Dale Mabry Highway, says restaurant general manager Israel Rojas. [TAILYR IRVINE, CHARLIE FRAGO   |   Times]
The retired banker and mayoral hopeful is a regular at two Tampa BKs, where employees figured out who he is from his TV commercials.

Jane Castor soaks up the love at Tiger Bay

Jane Castor appears alone at Tampa Tiger Bay Club on Friday after mayoral opponent David Straz bows out due to an “unavoidable conflict.’’
The mayoral front-runner rolled out another spate of endorsements Friday. Her opponent, David Straz didn't appear.