Monique Welch, Tampa Regional News Reporter

Monique Welch

Tampa Regional News Reporter

My passion for journalism dates back to my days as a sports editor and writer for Goucher College’s Quindecim, the student run newspaper, in my hometown of Baltimore. As a student athlete, I brought some of my own insights to the stories I told. From there I started as a freelancer covering horse racing at the Tampa Bay Downs to covering sports, education, health, news features and more. Since 2017, I’ve been a staff writer and editorial assistant in the Times’ Tampa bureau, producing the weekly Everybody’s Business column, which focuses on businesses coming and going in the South and Central Tampa area. I love to shop, dine at different restaurants and check out new places in the area just as much as I love writing about them.

At the top of their classes

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They’re marked by three – or four – digits and a decimal point, but the GPAs of these honorees don’t fully reflect their diligence and perseverance. So, we offer tribute to the valedictorians and...

A Tampa native performed with Beyoncé at Coachella. Here’s what it was like.

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Lomario Marchman, a Jefferson High School alum, made several appearances in Beyoncé’s film and played a key role in her Coachella performance.

‘Our Heroes’ luncheon honors first-responders for making a difference

First responders from Tampa and Hillsborough County agencies paid tribute to their fallen colleagues during the 25th annual ‘Our Heroes’’ luncheon Tuesday at the Tampa Hilton Downtown hotel. [Special to the Times | Michael McCoy with MPStudios.com]
The event recognized emergency workers from 11 Hillsborough agencies — firefighters, police officers, sheriff’s deputies and a highway trooper — who risk their lives daily for...

Chicken Salad Chick comes to South Tampa

Chicken Salad Chick features Southern-style chicken salad made from scratch. The Chicken Salad BLT is one of the signature sandwiches on the menu. [Photo courtesy of Chicken Salad Chick]
It will be the third Hillsborough location for the restaurant. A fourth is slated to open later this year in Brandon.

Hillsborough County opens new playground in Progress Village honoring longtime resident

Hillsborough County dedicates a new playground in Progress Village to longtime resident Emmanuel P. Johnson. Johnson is pictured in the center cutting the ribbon with County Commissioner Les Miller and kids from the community. [Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County]
The playground is named for 97-year-old Emmanuel P. Johnson.