John Martin, Senior News Researcher

John Martin

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.

Phone: (813) 226-3372

Email: jmartin@tampabay.com

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  1. Derek Jeter: Photos from a stellar career

    Ml

    As New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter puts the finishing touches on his playing career, we take a look back at images of him captured by Times photojournalists through the years.

    You'll find even more photos of Jeter in the Times photo archive.

    June 22, 1999 -- Devil Rays 3B Wade Boggs chases down C John Flaherty's errant throw as Derek Jeter heads for home in a game at Tropicana Field. Jeter scored on the error, boosting the Yankees lead to 3-0. [Pam Royal | Times]
  2. After Hillsborough commission primary, Higginbotham looks for broader support

    Local

    TAMPA — After eight years representing a Republican stronghold, can Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham broaden his appeal enough to win countywide, where Democrats have the advantage?

    That is the prime question facing Higginbotham's campaign this year, as the 60-year-old Plant City native left eastern Hillsborough's District 4 because of term limits to run for the countywide District 7 seat on the commission. And though Higginbotham romped in Tuesday's GOP primary, a closer look shows he has work to do in large swaths of Hillsborough to prevail in the Nov. 4 general election....

     Pat Kemp, a Democrat, is a candidate for District 7’s countywide Hillsborough County Commission seat. She hopes to get votes from those who turn out to vote for Charlie Crist and the medical marijuana initiative..
  3. Thousands of fake tax claims linked to fired Tampa detective

    Criminal

    TAMPA —The city paid Eric Houston $85,654 a year to solve homicides for the Tampa Police Department.

    But he may also have betrayed victims, divulging their identities for tax refund fraud, court records suggest.

    About 4,600 individuals Houston checked out on state or national databases between 2010 and 2012 had fraudulent tax returns filed in their names, according to an affidavit obtained by the Tampa Bay Times....

    Eric Houston
  4. Sheriff's Office: Darrin Campbell shot family, torched Avila mansion, killed himself

    Crime

    TAMPA

    A Tampa executive "systematically" executed his wife and two teenage children in their bedrooms before splashing gasoline throughout the family's mansion, shooting himself in the head and burning down the house, authorities said Friday.

    The official — albeit still incomplete — account of the inferno that consumed the $1 million home in the exclusive Avila community north of Tampa this week confirmed what was widely suspected: Darrin Campbell, 49, was responsible for the deaths of his wife, Kimberly Campbell, 51, and children Colin Campbell, 18, and Megan Campbell, 15....

    The Campbell family — from left, Darrin Campbell, his wife, Kimberly, and their teen children Colin and Megan — presented a check to Metropolitan Ministries in December 2009. They seemed to be a normal affluent, suburban family.
  5. Sheriff's Office: All four found dead in torched Avila mansion had been shot

    Crime

    TAMPA — All four people found dead this week in a burning mansion north of Tampa were shot, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday evening.

    Investigators also found a gun registered to Darrin Campbell, the 49-year-old man who leased the house with his family, and discovered Campbell had bought gas cans and what one official called an "exceedingly large" number of fireworks in the days before the blaze....

    Megan Campbell
  6. Timeline: Greg Schiano career

    Bucs

  7. Timeline: Mark Dominik years with Bucs

    Bucs

  8. For Valessa Robinson, her attorney hopes, a second chance

    News

    TAMPA

    Thirteen years ago, Valessa Robinson was a dark mystery — a teenage girl from the comfortable suburbs convicted in the stabbing death of her own mother, the body left stuffed in a garbage can while the girl and her friends partied.

    Jurors saw Robinson at the defense table dressed in good-girl clothes — Mary Janes, pastel sweaters, tights. They also heard testimony about a rebellious 15-year-old deep into drugs, ugly to her mother and mad for a sinister older boy....

    Valessa Robinson is led out of the courtroom during her murder trial. Defense attorneys dressed her in conservative sweater sets and Mary Jane shoes.
  9. Did investigation into war of words between Bubba, blogger cross the line?

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — With one email to the most powerful lawman in town, a Tampa attorney had two top Hillsborough sheriff's detectives investigating his client's enemy.

    The attorney: Stephen Diaco.

    The client: loudmouth radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.

    The suspect: a 46-year-old AAA employee with perhaps a little too much time on his hands.

    Morgan "Joshua" Morey now says Diaco used the Sheriff's Office to have him criminally investigated last year. And that's an eyebrow-raising claim, since Diaco is at the center of separate allegations that his firm used a Tampa police connection to set up a courtroom enemy for a DUI arrest....

    Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, right, and Stephen C. Diaco embrace after Bubba’s trial involving the slaughter of a wild pig on his show.
  10. Mystery man Bobby Thompson blames CIA for bogus charity

    Criminal

    The man known as Bobby Thompson goes on trial in state court in Cleveland today.

    He faces up to 40 years in prison on charges of fraud, theft and money laundering for his role as head of U.S. Navy Veterans Association, a charity in Tampa that raised over $100 million in donations but turned out to be a total charade. Its state chapters were mail drops, its directors nonexistent. It gave little aid to veterans....

  11. Young paralegal at center of case involving Tampa lawyers, police sergeant

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — The two young women who once worked together at a law firm met up for happy hour downtown that January night.

    First they hit Malio's, a dark steak house bar favored by older men in expensive suits nursing Grey Goose, their briefcases like faithful dogs at their feet. Next was the trendier, throbbing Fly bar, filled with 20- and 30-somethings like themselves.

    Melissa Personius, who worked as a paralegal, called her boss at the Adams & Diaco law firm....

    Melissa Personius, who works as a paralegal at the Adams & Diaco law firm, pleaded the Fifth several times when questioned in court. She has recently hired a high-profile lawyer.
  12. Stanton bankruptcy trustee seeks ex-wife's financial records

    News

    In the wake of John D. Stanton III admitting to bigamy in a court filing this week, the trustee handling the former Cast-Crete executive's bankruptcy now wants an accounting from his purported second wife and her divorce attorneys.

    In court papers filed Friday, trustee Larry S. Hyman requested Susan Stanton's bank records, evidence of gifts, phone logs, and other financial documents pertaining to her settlement and divorce from John Stanton, dating back four years before Stanton's 2011 bankruptcy filing. Hyman also requested records from her attorneys, Marian McCulloch and Louis F. Hornstine....

  13. Jailed Cast-Crete executive admits to bigamy in court paper

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Former Cast-Crete executive John D. Stanton III admits to bigamy in a court paper his attorney filed Tuesday.

    It's the latest twist in his federal bankruptcy case.

    His former wife Susan, among the creditors, filed a claim against him last year for $13 million in child support and alimony.

    But an attorney for Stanton, 64, says their marriage, divorce and settlement are all "void" and that Susan Stanton's unsecured claim should be given no priority status in bankruptcy court....

    John Stanton is currently in jail on tax evasion charges.
  14. Tampa firm in DUI case faced accusation of hardball in Miami

    News

    TAMPA — Lawyers at the firm of Adams & Diaco stand accused of serious hardball tactics: sending a Tampa paralegal undercover to discredit an opposing attorney by getting him arrested for DUI.

    It's not the first time the firm has faced accusations about how it does business.

    Three years ago in Miami, a lawyer at Adams & Diaco was accused of sending a paralegal undercover — that time, to discredit a witness who was about to testify....

    Stephen Diaco
  15. Despite arrest records, landscaping company's workers on the job at Hillsborough schools

    K12

    TAMPA — For two years Daphne Jones has dispatched landscaping crews to dozens of Hillsborough County schools where they mow grass, trim weeds and make the grounds suitable for children.

    Jones, 41, is the owner of On-Point Group, part of a privatization experiment school officials say is saving taxpayers money and helping small businesses.

    But the Tampa Bay Times found that most of the workers Jones has sent to campuses have criminal convictions on their records. ...

    Daphne Jones, who owns the On-Point Group, lives on Puritan Road in Tampa.