Eli Murray - Investigative Reporter

Investigative Reporter

I’m a journalist who codes for the Tampa Bay Times. I grew up in rural Illinois, got my associate’s at Sauk Valley Community College, and studied journalism at UofI. I was introduced to programming through a weeklong Adobe Flash segment in one of my classes junior year. I enjoyed solving logic puzzles, so that summer I bought some books and taught myself to write Javascript. Senior year I spent my days studying journalism in class and working at the student paper; I spent my nights and weekends writing servers and going to hackathons. I graduated in 2015 and came to work for the Times, where I use code to create graphics, crunch numbers on statewide and national investigations, and write publishing software.

  1. The County Environmental Protection Commission began its probe of Gopher Resource after a Tampa Bay Times investigation. The commission is proposing a $518,000 fine, after confirming many of the Times' findings.
  2. Experts say regulators could take steps to protect workers from the kinds of issues they faced at Gopher Resource.
  3. The county announced this week that it would run the air-quality monitors around Gopher Resource's Tampa plant on a randomized schedule.
  4. A Josefina Zepeda y su hijo Gustavo Araujo, quienes viven cerca de la planta de plomo de Gopher Resource, les preocupa que la contaminación haya afectado negativamente su salud. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times]
  5. Poisoned, Part 3: The Fallout
  6. Sep. 30, 2021• Investigations
    Federal regulators on Thursday gave Gopher Resource a "willful violation" for exposing workers to inhalation hazards.
  7. Sep. 29, 2021• Investigations
    A Tampa Bay Times investigation found that workers at Gopher Resource in Tampa were exposed to extreme amounts of lead.
  8. Anil Eglais, 62, watched his health decline after working more than 25 years at Gopher's Tampa lead factory, where he was exposed to poisonous metals including cadmium.
  9. Federal lawmakers say Gopher Resource should face penalties in the wake of a report that found toxic gasses reached life-threatening levels and contaminated dust covered the plant’s floor.
  10. County regulators identified a host of problems at Gopher Resource in Tampa, including hazardous-liquid leaks and life-threatening levels of carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide.
  11. Jun. 29, 2021• Investigations
    Lead dust fills a section of Gopher Resource's Tampa plant. Late this month, Moody's Investors Service downgraded the company's credit rating.
  12. 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.
  13. Consultants and workers have documented problems with fumes spilling out from the furnace into the workspace at Gopher Resource for years.
  14. 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.
  15. An aerial view of the Gopher Resource on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Tampa.
  16. Apr. 12, 2021• Investigations
    A collage of videos and images from inside Gopher Resource.
  17. Photos taken by workers at Gopher Resource in Tampa show a factory plagued with problems.
  18. 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.
  19. Gopher Resource is seen on Tuesday in Tampa. On Monday regulators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration began inspecting at the company.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Mar. 31, 2021• CENTRO
    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.
  23. Dust covers machinery in 2014, the same year that OSHA last inspected the factory for lead issues.