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Christopher Spata - Enterprise Reporter

Enterprise Reporter

I love stories of people pursuing unusual goals, and what drives them. I've written about retirees attending Santa Claus School, competitors at the World Sign Spinning Championships and an optician rebuilding old Chuck E. Cheese robots in his bedroom. I'm seeking local culture stories, from tracing the global path plastic beads take to Tampa's Gasparilla festival, to pondering mysterious butt graffiti in downtown St. Pete. I previously worked for the Tampa Tribune and Ocala Star-Banner. I'm a rare, native-born Floridian. Florida isn't "weird," it's just more interesting.

  1. Liam Kunkel of Spartan Solar canvasses a neighborhood in Tampa, going door to door seeking leads for solar panel installations.
  2. Florida Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist and his fiancee Chelsea Grimes wave hello to supporters and voters as he visits outside of the Coliseum in St. Petersburg on Election Day.
  3. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.
  4. For Thanksgiving, the Tampa Bay Times wants to know what you're grateful for in 2022.
  5. Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. - Demonstrators breached security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification.
  6. Oct. 27• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Federal prosecutors have charged 29 residents of the Tampa Bay area with crimes related to the Jan. 6 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The Tampa Bay Times spent weeks analyzing their backgrounds to better understand how extremism spread in this region.
  7. Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021.
  8. An aerial view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in 2018. A man was shot to death on the south fishing pier on Friday evening, deputies said.
  9. Hilleary Gramling, 28, walks her dog as she avoids a blocked sidewalk where a tree splintered due to winds from Hurricane Ian in front of a house at 2201 Fifth Ave. N on Thursday in St. Petersburg.
  10. Los veleros anclados en Roberts Bay son arrastrados por vientos de 50 mph en Venice, Florida, cuando el huracán Ian, se acercaba  a la costa oeste de Florida, el miércoles 28 de septiembre de 2022
  11. John Doyle, de New Port Richey, a la izquierda, y Paul Bidetti, de Oldsmar, reforzando una casa para la llegada del huracán cerca de la cuadra 300 de East Shore Dr. el martes, 27 de septiembre de 2022, en Oldsmar.
  12. el huracán Ian tocará tierra en Florida.
  13. A pickup truck navigates a flooded section of First Street outside of the United States Courthouse in downtown Fort Myers on Wednesday, where storm surge continued to inundate Lee County long after the eye wall passed into Central Florida.
  14. John Doyle of New Port Richey helps his friend board up his home to prepare for Hurricane Ian near the 300 block of Country Club Drive on Tuesday in Oldsmar.
  15. The Space Launch System rocket sits on the launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39B as spectators wait across the water at Rotary Riverfront Park in Titusville, hoping to see NASA's Artemis I mission launch.
  16. The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare house features the music of the musician and goes inside his dark mind at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights.
  17. Madison Square Garden banned New York Rangers fan James Anastasio for life following his arrest.
  18. Bruce Howard, 61, of Clearwater, poses in the Nissan Altima he bought in May that has since stopped running.
  19. Ozzie Saez stands next to a Gulfstream G-IV jet once owned by Hustler publisher Larry Flynt.
  20. The Raoufi siblings, all Afghan refugees, have found work with Westminster Communities in Bradenton. From left is Suliman Raoufi, 19, Atefah, 20, Noman, 25, Venus, 21, and Omran, 18. The family is pictured here with the Westminster Point Pleasant in the background, on Monday, July 18, 2022.
  21. Illustration by Sean Kristoff-Jones
  22. Emily Rowley steers with her foot as she drives to the store on May 5, 2022 in Bradenton.
  23. Marchers protest and chant during a gun-safety march on Saturday, in St. Petersburg.
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