Friday, December 15, 2017

Writers

John Martin, Senior News Researcher

John Martin, Senior News Researcher

John is a native of Tampa who grew up in Seminole Heights. He is an honors program graduate of the University of Tampa, where he received a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1986. He studied journalism and psychology at the University of Florida, and received a master's degree in library and information science from the University of South Florida in 1993. He joined the Times in 1995. In 2000, he was a member of the Times reporting team that won the American Society of News Editors' Jesse Laventhol Prize for deadline news reporting, for the Times coverage of the Radisson Hotel shootings.



St. Petersburg police arrest Bob's Carpet and Flooring heir, several others, in death of 22-year-old woman found in alley

St. Petersburg police arrest Bob's Carpet and Flooring heir, several others, in death of 22-year-old woman found in alley

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested several people, including a son of a prominent flooring store chain’s late founder, as part of an investigation into the death of a 22-year-old woman whose body was found in an alley last...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17
Built in 1910, the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. factory speaks to an era when about 150 cigar manufacturers called Tampa home. Even with those days long gone, Tampa is still known as the Cigar City. [SCOTT KEELER   |   TIMES]

Tampa’s surviving cigar factories a link to Cigar City past

TAMPA — Take a drive today through parts of Historic Ybor or West Tampa, and you’d be excused for thinking they’re everywhere. About two dozen cigar factories, constructed of brick and typically three or four stories, seem to dot every street corner...
Published: 12/05/17