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Corey G. Johnson - Investigative reporter

Investigative reporter

I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and I’ve tasted every flavor of professional sports choking known to man. I proudly walked the hills of Florida A&M University, but this is my first time south of Tallahassee. People say they’ve never seen me or Columbo in the same place, at the same time, but hey — let’s not get distracted by rumors. Just know my heart and mind are open. I care about suffering and I chase stories that matter. I’ll listen to folks who’ve been harmed and pushed aside. I adore public servants who believe in the mission but prefer to stay in the background. We at the Times want to connect with you. Hit me up anytime. My lips are sealed.

  1. Civil rights and personal injury attorney Benjamin Crump (center) and co-counselors announce the filing of a lawsuit against Gopher Resource on behalf of Colin Brown (in headphones). Colin's parents Ko Brown (third from right) and Tomika Brown (second from right) are suing the lead factory, alleging that dust from the plant poisoned their son. Colin's blood-lead levels only subsided after his father, a former factory worker, left the plant. The Wednesday press conference in Tampa was held outside of the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse.
  2. Consultants and workers have documented problems with fumes spilling out from the furnace into the workspace at Gopher Resource for years.
  3. Neighbors who live near Gopher Resource, Florida's only lead smelter, showed up for a community meeting at Kenly Park on Wednesday to hear from local leaders. Health officials say they will offer lead testing for local residents. Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in Tampa.
  4. An aerial view of the Gopher Resource on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Tampa.
  5. A collage of videos and images from inside Gopher Resource.
  6. Photos taken by workers at Gopher Resource in Tampa show a factory plagued with problems.
  7. El polvo cubre la maquinaria en 2014, el mismo año en que OSHA inspeccionó la fábrica por última vez en busca de problemas de plomo.
  8. Gopher Resource is seen on Tuesday in Tampa. On Monday regulators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration began inspecting at the company.
  9. A worker inside Gopher Resource passes through a cloud of dust laced with the neurotoxin lead. The factory recycles 50,000 used car batteries a day. It is the only factory of its kind in Florida.
  10. A worker inside Gopher Resource passes through a cloud of dust laced with the neurotoxin lead. The factory recycles 50,000 used car batteries a day. It is the only factory of its kind in Florida.
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    Un trabajador dentro de Gopher Resource atraviesa una nube de polvo mezclada con la neurotoxina de plomo. La fábrica recicla 50,000 baterías de automóviles usadas al día. Es la única fábrica de este tipo en Florida.
  12. Dust covers machinery in 2014, the same year that OSHA last inspected the factory for lead issues.
  13. A worker inside Gopher Resource passes through a cloud of dust laced with the neurotoxin lead. The factory recycles 50,000 used car batteries a day. It is the only factory of its kind in Florida.
  14. A worker inside Gopher Resource passes through a cloud of dust laced with the neurotoxin lead. The factory recycles 50,000 used car batteries a day. It is the only factory of its kind in Florida.
  15. Saturday's overview of Florida's status with COVID-19.
  16. Ambulances line the entrance before the remaining 39 residents are evacuated from Freedom Square of Seminole, Friday, April 17, 2020 in Seminole. Three nursing home residents have died of the coronavirus in an outbreak that has afflicted Freedom Square of Seminole, a sprawling retirement community that has seen dozens of residents hospitalized because of the virus, officials said.
  17. St. Petersburg Police released this image of a suspect in the shooting of Artez Deandre Davis, 23, on Saturday. Anyone with information was urged to call police at (727) 893-7780.
  18. Surveillance video from the Pinellas County Jail shows Deputy Amy Gee chocking the neck of a handcuffed woman. (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)
  19. After New Salem Missionary Baptist's building in downtown burned in 2015, the congregation built a new church in Temple Terrace. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
  20. Anthony Johnson, 12, drinks from a water fountain at Paul L. Sheehy, M.D. Elementary School in Tampa on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Johnson, who currently goes to Jennings Middle School, is in sixth grade. Over the last 16 months, the Hillsborough County School District has been quietly testing its schools' drinking water for lead. So far it has checked 51 schools and found lead in 50. There are roughly 200 more schools that haven't been looked at for lead. [BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times]
  21. Scene from Hillsborough County School Board meeting. Jeff Eakins addressed the School Board Tuesday about what he considered "slanted" coverage of the district's water testing in the Tampa Bay Times. (OCTAVO JONES   |   Times)
  22. Ten-year-old Faith Moore stands with her parents Philip and Alice Moore in front of their home at Manhattan Palms Condominium in Tampa on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Moore will be a fifth grade student at Crestwood Elementary this year. It's one of 21 schools that had a water fountain or sink that tested positive for lead and exceeded the EPA's action levels. The school is one of 49 elementary and middle schools tested for lead in the drinking water by the district. But for a year and a half, the district delayed notifying parents and teachers of their findings. After learning about the lead, Moore's parents want to transfer her to a different school. "We are hoping to put her in another school," Alice Moore said. "But then you have to ask yourself if that school is any better or any worse as far as the water. This is her last year in elementary and it would be great if it would be a safe one." BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times
  23. BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times  Mitchell Elementary School had one of the highest lead results, the district said. [BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times]