Malena Carollo, Utilities, Consumer Issues, Technology, Insurance and Nonprofits Reporter

Malena Carollo

Utilities, Consumer Issues, Technology, Insurance and Nonprofits Reporter

I’m a digger who covers utilities, consumer issues and insurance. My passion is watchdog reporting, and I want to know what’s going on in your part of Tampa Bay. Hidden fees on your bills? A company taking advantage of customers? Something that just doesn’t sit right with you? I’m all ears. What should I have my eye on? Reach me by email (mcarollo@tampabay.com) or phone (727-892-2249). Want to talk more securely? Text or call me on Signal at (813) 591-0688. I earned my master’s degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where I studied investigative and data reporting. Before working at the Tampa Bay Times, I covered cybersecurity for the Christian Science Monitor’s Passcode section.

Financial services sector bolsters Florida's economic growth in June

The SunTrust Financial Centre in downtown Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
Florida's unemployment rate stayed at 3.4 percent from May to June, and the state added 16,100 jobs over the month.

Rep. Kathy Castor asks Gov. Ron DeSantis to review Tampa Electricís power plant conversion

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa (Tampa Bay Times)
In a letter to the governor Friday, Castor asked DeSantis and the cabinet, who have the power to give final approval for the plans, to ensure they wonít be harmful in the long run.

Tampa Electric's Davis Islands storm hardening project is a sign of what's to come

Tampa Electric Co. will begin a multi-phase process next week to move electrical and gas lines that serve Tampa General Hospital underground, reducing access to the island to one lane temporarily. Pictured is Tampa General Hospital in 2017. [Times (2017)]
Tampa Electric Co. will begin a multi-phase process next week to move electrical and gas lines that serve Tampa General Hospital underground, reducing access to the island to one lane temporarily.

Which wireless carrier is the best in Tampa Bay?

In a new report by OpenSignal, a wireless coverage mapping company, T-Mobile and Verizon ranked evenly for the best mobile carrier performance, though T-Mobile ranked best nationally. Pictured is a T-Mobile store in 2011 in California. [Paul Sakuma | Associated Press (2011)]
This year, wireless coverage mapping company OpenSignal says it's a tie between Verizon and T-Mobile.

Insurance company Aflac acquires Tampa's Argus Holdings

Insurance company Aflac Inc. acquired Tampa-based Argus Holdings LLC and its subsidiary Argus Dental & Vision, a dental and vision insurance company, Aflac announced Tuesday. Pictured is Argus' website. | [Courtesy of Argus Holdings LLC]
Insurance company Aflac. acquired Tampa-based Argus Holdings LLC and its subsidiary Argus Dental & Vision, a dental and vision insurance company.