Bill Varian - Editor, Local Government

Editor, Local Government

Previously, I was the assistant metro editor/economy & growth. Before editing, I wrote about Hillsborough County government and politics for the Times after reporting gigs in Tallahassee, Augusta, Ga. and Burlington, N.C. I’m a fourth-generation newsman. In my off time, it’s a good day if I’m in my kayak, a redfish on the end of my line. At home, I’m known as Grand-Dude. Hit me at

  1. A 44-year-old man was struck and killed while crossing Palm Harbor Boulevard early Saturday morning.
  2. Jerry Torres
  3. Departing Tampa City Attorney Gina Grimes. [Courtesy of the city of Tampa]
  4. A city of Tampa employee, who did not give her name, holds the elevator door open at Old City Hall in downtown Tampa.
  5. [Illustration by Ron Borresen]
  6. The Top 100 Tampa Bay Workplaces of 2021. [Illustration by Ron Borresen]
  7. DON'T USE! USE THE CENTERED ONES ***Breaking news card for crime *** delete and write caption ****
  8. The Top 100 Tampa Bay Workplaces of 2021.
  9. Shoppers walk through a nearly empty produce aisle at the Publix at Northeast Shopping Center in St. Petersburg on March 15, shortly after the coronavirus outbreak was declared a national emergency.
  10. Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano announced that the airport was partnering with BayCare last fall to offer both PCR and rapid antigen COVID-19 tests for air passengers.
  11. The St. Petersburg skyline looking west from the waterfront.
  12. Top Workplaces.
  13. [Illustration by Ron Borresen]
  14. Illustration
  15. Engel & Volkers St. Petersburg office is located at 102 2nd Ave NE.
  16. Parade participants march down 7th Ave. during the Tampa Pride Parade in Ybor City on Saturday, March 28, 2015. This was the first gay pride parade in 13 years. Times (2015)
  17. Ron Borresen  |  tbt* Cover art for tbt* Top Workplaces 4/11.
  18. Ester Azeredo, 35, of Tampa, inside a break nook at Transferwise, an international money transfer company located in Ybor City that was last year's midsize Top Workplace. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times
  19. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  20. TAILYR IRVINE  | Times An employee prints 10,000 lottery tickets for a customer’s lottery club at Ybor Metro Market on October 23, 2018 in Tampa. To print the $20,000 worth of tickets takes the employees about 5 hours.
  21. Jun. 6, 2019• Business
    Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times]
  22. Jay Cridlin. [DIRK SHADD | Times]