Bill Varian - Assistant Metro Editor

Assistant Metro Editor

Officially, I am the assistant metro editor/economy & growth. Feel free to just call me the business editor. I supervise a team of reporters who write about everything from real estate to retail and seek to explain how what happens behind the counter affects you in front of it. 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. 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)
    Gay Pride recognition was once banned in Hillsborough County. Now Tampa has an openly gay mayor.
  2. Ron Borresen  |  tbt* Cover art for tbt* Top Workplaces 4/11.
    The Times has extended its deadline to nominate the 2020 Top 100 Workplaces.
  3. 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
    Do your co-workers feel like family? Does your boss show she cares? Consider nominating your employer as a 2020 Top Workplace.
  4. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  5. 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.
  6. Jun. 6, 2019• Business
    Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times]
  7. Jay Cridlin. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  8. Apr. 5, 2019• Florida
    Tampa's Top 100 Workplaces 2019
    A ranking of the best places to work in the region, according to their employees.
  9. Apr. 5, 2019• Florida
    CHRIS URSO   |   Times
KnowBe4's Christian Sheedy, senior vice president of small business sales, works at his desk while a chicken noise maker is seen Thursday, March 21, 2019 in Clearwater. The company employs over 600 workers at offices around the world. Stu Sjouwerman, founder and CEO of KnowBe4, started the company in 2010.
    These 25 large companies towered above the rest in our annual survey.
  10. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
Ester Azeredo, 35, of Tampa works inside of at Transferwise, an international money transfer company that is located in the Ybor City neighborhood in Tampa, Florida on Monday, March 4, 2019.
    These 30 companies scored high marks in our annual survey.