Zachary T. Sampson, General Assignment Reporter

Zachary T. Sampson

General Assignment Reporter

I'm a general assignment reporter, which means I cover pretty much anything depending on the day. Think of me like a super utility player. Local, state, national, crime, weather, politics, and so on. I'm fascinated by where we're from -- how places shape us and how we shape them. I aim to tell stories that matter to you now, or will, or should. One day that might involve a police horse that paints, another how county officials spend your tax dollars. I'm from Rhode Island and will talk to you about it. I've coached youth baseball -- yes, the loud one. Okay, maybe I was checking the score on my phone under the table. I'm sorry. Call me with anything. I'm friendlier than my face suggests.

CareerSource Pinellas is selling its Science Center, and the money may not go where promised

Berkeley Preparatory School students enter the Science Center. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Proceeds of the sale of the Science Center of Pinellas County were supposed to go toward education. Now they may help the troubled agency pay for past misdeeds.

Hurricane 2019: What the Panhandleís top emergency officials learned from Michael

Boats lay sunk and damaged at the Port St. Joe Marina in the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10, as after Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
Bay and Gulf counties were ravaged by a historic storm. This what their top emergency management leaders learned from Hurricane Michael.

Epilogue: Mary Jean Bonfili, owner who upheld El Cap's throwback charm, dead at 66

Flowers sit on the bar at El Cap restaurant in memory of the owner, Mary Jean Bonfili, on Thursday  in St. Petersburg. Bonfili died on Tuesday. (ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times)
Bonfili preserved El Cap's hole-in-the-wall style and reputation, making her customers and co-workers family along the way.

911 calls from Hurricane Michael paint horrifying picture of what itís like to not evacuate

Robert Brock, 27, of Mexico Beach, walks westbound on U.S. 98 after Hurricane Michael. Hours after landfall, he and another person were waving flashlights in the dark, looking for someone who could provide power for a disabled woman's breathing machine. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
People always stay during storms. Residents of Bay County hope their stories serve as a warning.

As hurricane season looms, Mexico Beach idles at a crossroads, still broken from Michael

Peggy Wood, left, and her daughter Shawna Wood walk on the slab where the Driftwood Inn once stood in Mexico Beach. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times)
Life has slowed in the desolate town, where the Wood family is ready to move on but stuck in a lonely interlude.