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Bethany Barnes - Investigative Reporter

Investigative Reporter

I’m on the Tampa Bay Times investigations team, where we examine big problems in Florida. I’m particularly interested in labor issues. Also, the federal government. If you’ve got insight on these matters – or any trouble that Floridians need to know about – get in touch. I started at the Times in 2019. I moved here from Portland where I covered education for The Oregonian. Before that, I wrote about courts, prisons and corruption in Las Vegas. My reporting has won awards, but more importantly it’s brought wrongdoing to light. I grew up in Arizona in a town not far from the Mexico border and have a bachelor’s in creative writing and a master’s in journalism from the University of Arizona.

  1. The GardaWorld armored truck where Johnathon Lue, 35, burned to death in May. The truck ignited after its driver lost control and went off a Phoenix highway.
  2. A Times investigation has found that Garda lost track of millions of dollars inside its vaults, then concealed the missing money from the banks that were its clients.
  3. Protesters and local law enforcement clash at the University Mall Saturday in Tampa.
  4. New University of Florida graduates Dara Unger, left, Caitlin Dodd, center, and Emily Orey, right, participated in virtual commencement ceremonies this weekend.
  5. A group of friends sit lawn chairs chatting as people behind them line dance to AM radio on March 26.
  6. Bobbie Jean Phillips lost control of her Garda armored truck in Ohio in 2014 and slammed into a dump truck. She died. Two people in the dump truck were seriously injured.
  7. Army veteran Brenda Jameson, 50, gets her nails painted with Dazzle Dry clear polish at the Trans Fashion & Health Expo, a joint event by Metro Inclusive Health and Tampa Bay Area Department of Veterans Affairs Agencies on Saturday, Nov. 23.
  8. A charter plane carrying 143 people and traveling from Cuba to north Florida sits in a river at the end of a runway, Saturday, May 4, 2019 in Jacksonville, Fla. The Boeing 737 arriving at Naval Air Station Jacksonville from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with 136 passengers and seven aircrew slid off the runway Friday night into the St. Johns River, a NAS Jacksonville news release said. [Associated Press]