Allison Ross - State Accountability Reporter

State Accountability Reporter

My role as state accountability reporter means I get to look at what is and isn’t working in the Sunshine State and how that impacts the people who live in it. What happens here affects me and my family, so I won’t pull punches when I see a problem. If you’ve got a story to tell or an idea to share, I’m here to listen. I’m not a native Floridian, but this is my second stint living in this state. I used to work in South Florida at the Palm Beach Post and later at Bankrate. Before joining the Times in 2019, I spent time in Louisville, Kentucky, where I covered education and was part of the investigative unit at the Courier Journal. Reach out to me sometime; I’m always looking for tips.

  1. A car drives through a puddle on Buena Vista Dr N following Tropical Storm Elsa on Wednesday in Dunedin.
  2. Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., questions former special counsel Robert Mueller as he testifies to the House Judiciary Committee about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  3. Nurse Esther Martineau, left, administers a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shot to Nelsida Fuenmayor, of Tampa, on Tuesday at the federally-run Tampa Greyhound Track site. The site is giving its last shot on May 25.
  4. Lauren Bergold, 36, of Tampa, chats with hazel + dot owner, Allison Bernardi, while shopping for her new baby. Bergold felt comfortable with shopping unmasked at Bernardi’s store where going unmasked recently became okay due to the CDC guidelines changing for fully vaccinated people. A sign on the store’s door asks that unvaccinated people please wear a mask. “I wanted to give it a try here,” said Bergold about going maskless at Hazel + Dot, adding that going without a mask still feels “Vulnerable, a little uncomfortable.” Friday, May 14, 2021 in Tampa.
  5. The entrance to the one of the vaccine rooms at a Pinellas County health department site in April. The department has begun scheduling appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations for kids as young as 12.
  6. Groups of younger people make their way through the parking lot and to the entrance at the FEMA-run vaccination site located at the Tampa Greyhound Track, on the first day the eligibility age dropped to 18 and up, Monday, April 5, 2021 in Tampa.
  7. Governor Ron Desantis speaks in St. Petersburg, Monday, May 3, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  8. Governor Ron Desantis speaks in St. Petersburg, Monday, May 3, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  9. En varios lugares del país se comenzó de nuevo a administrar  la vacuna de una sola dosis de Johnson & Jhonson. En la foto vacunacion en Rowan University, en Nueva Jersey.
  10. The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a pop up vaccination site in the Staten Island borough of New York.
  11. Doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are distributed on April 13 at the Larry Sanders Sports Complex in Tampa, part of an effort to get shots to underserved communities. The state is said to be tracking the need by ZIP code, but records provided so far give a muddled view of that effort.
  12. State canvassers Cynthia Hollinger, 64, standing on right, and Sunni Schappacher, 67, talk with a family as they work to re-register them in a state database for a coronavirus vaccine on their front porch Wednesday in Brandon. From left is Curtis Lanier, 65, holding his 2-year-old daughter Lena Jean, along with his father-in-law Paul Bedat, 76. The canvassers are going door-to-door to speak with people who are hesitant about the vaccines. It's part of Florida's effort to reach herd immunity.
  13. People enter a tent at the federally-run vaccination site at the Tampa Greyhound Track on April 5, the first day the vaccine eligibility age dropped to 16 and up.
  14. A sign informed motorists that the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine was not available Tuesday at the federal vaccination site at Tampa Greyhound Track. Officials paused administration of the vaccine after reports that six women who received the drug had experienced blood clots.
  15. Apr. 9• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  16. Maggie, de 5 meses, y Carole Covey,en  Tampa Greyhound Track en Tampa.
  17. Site mascot, Maggie, a 5-month-old black lab belonging to incident commander Carole Covey, is pictured at the FEMA-run vaccination site located at the Tampa Greyhound Track, on the first day the eligibility age dropped to 18 and up, Monday in Tampa.
  18. Tyler Rorah, 18, of Brooksville, receives a Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine shot from LPN Sonia Woods, right, while receiving his CDC (issued) Covid 10 Vaccination Card during his vaccination appointment on Monday, April 5, 2021, at Saint Leo University, which is serving as the host for the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution for East Pasco County.

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  19. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends a press conference on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Palm Harbor University High School.
  20. Coronavirus vaccines are more available than ever, but doses can still be hard to find. Scroll down for a roadmap.
  21. Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room recently at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif. Florida officials announced Friday that 9,000 vaccine doses would be made available to people with HIV.
  22. A worker places cones along the parking lot at a FEMA-run vaccine distribution site at Tampa Greyhound Track earlier this month.
  23. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to reporters in Ocala on Friday. Going forward, he said, the state will roll out vaccines according only to age.