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Adam Playford - Deputy Editor, Investigations

Deputy Editor, Investigations

I’m the Tampa Bay Times’ deputy editor overseeing investigative reporting. I run our investigations team, which includes both reporters and computer programmers. We do complicated stories that can take months. We aim to reveal cases of regular people in Tampa Bay and across Florida being hurt by powerful forces outside their control. Before I became an editor, I reported on police officers who abused their authority, faulty voting machines and local corruption. Reporters I supervised at the Times have contributed to two projects that won Pulitzer Prizes. Before that, I was part of a reporting team that was a finalist for another Pulitzer at Newsday.

  1. Zoey Triplett, 9, left, cuddles with her mother, Amy Triplett, 49, center, of Safety Harbor, while attending a peaceful protest organized by the Bless Up organization, on Friday, June 5, 2020, at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. At right is Byron Triplett, 53, Zoey's father and Amy's husband. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  2. St. Petersburg police said they pulled over a red SUV early Tuesday that had bricks, glass bottles, rocks, a plastic gas can and a metal pipe inside. Three people were arrested. [St. Petersburg Police Department]
  3. Aerial view of an empty Clearwater Beach due to COVID-19 closures pictured on April 10. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
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  5. Hundreds of students and community activists marched down North Boulevard to address the inaction of lawmakers when it comes to gun violence, on February 23, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. The group marched from Blake High School to Curtis Hixon park. The protest was held in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla. that killed 17 people. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
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  7. A customer surveys the cold drink selection at Three Brothers Groceries in St. Petersburg. Similar markets dot Midtown, where larger chain grocery stores have struggled.