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Hannah Critchfield - Aging and Seniors Reporter

Aging and Seniors Reporter

I cover roughly a fourth of the Tampa Bay area’s population, and strive for my coverage to reflect the diversity of this community. I care deeply about learning what issues, challenges and triumphs are on the minds of our seniors and the people around them. I’m committed to telling stories that reveal hidden wrongdoing and serve communities that are often overlooked in the public sphere. I’m originally from a Midwestern town called Normal, which I promise is a real place — we have the world’s largest Dairy Queen, after all — and earned my master’s degree at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. While I miss the cardinals of Central Park, I’m excited to learn about every single one of Florida’s piquant birds. If you have a story idea or just want to talk, reach out. Tell me what we’re missing, what you want to know, and how I can better serve you. Email me for my direct phone number if you’d like to talk more securely on Signal.

  1. Nov. 27• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Golf carts line the streets near the Brownwood Paddock Square area pictured on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022 in The Villages.
  2. Chris Hemsworth, best known for playing Marvel superhero Thor, underwent a series of genetic tests while filming his new National Geographic docuseries “Limitless."
  3. A 44-year-old man has died after an SUV struck him while he was walking on a two-lane road in Hernando County early Saturday.
  4. A 50-year-old man has been charged with murder after Pinellas County deputies found a man beaten to death with a metal baseball bat Friday.
  5. A man was found dead at an apartment complex in Plant City early Saturday after multiple shots were fired.
  6. Dozens of workers gather outside of a gas station in Fort Myers. Most of them are from Mexico and Central America.
  7. Jim Maddocks, 73, returned to Brookdale Bayshore on Nov. 3, 2022. Residents were displaced for over a month after Hurricane Ian damaged the building.
  8. Aerial photo of flood-prone neighborhoods around Tampa Bay.
  9. A patient holds her hearing aid as she visits Hear Again America for a checkup on Oct. 20, 2021, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  10. Carol Marshall, 82, a resident at Grand Villa St. Petersburg, leaves to go vote at the nearby early voting site. Marshall was the only resident interested and willing to go in person, as most residents are taking advantage of voting by mail or going on Election Day, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  11. The Rev. Edison Bernavas poses for a portrait at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Seffner on Monday, October 16, 2022. Bernavas thought of the idea to build an affordable housing complex for seniors on the church grounds. The plans for a 140 unit building are in place and has gone from “a dream to a reality,” the pastor said. “We have this property and it is not used fully so we are going to make use of it in order to help people. We are trying to help those elderly with this economy.”
  12. Leni Daniels, de 72 años, y Nancy Francis, de 79, se sientan con sus perros, Luna y Lucille Madonna, afuera de Peterborough Apartments, un complejo para personas mayores de bajos ingresos en St. Petersburg el jueves.
  13. Leni Daniels, 72, and Nancy Francis, 79, sit with their dogs, Luna and Lucille Madonna, outside Peterborough Apartments, a low-income senior complex in St. Petersburg on Thursday.
  14. Michele Hall, 55, receives her eighth Aduhelm treatment/infusion at a local clinic on Aug. 3, 2022 in St. Petersburg. Hall was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in fall 2020.
  15. Pedestrians navigate power lines strewn across the bridge in Matlacha. Damage to the bridge from Hurricane Ian made the bridge passable only by foot.
  16. Steve Mitchell, 80, sits in a friend's second-floor condo at Venetian Bayview in Naples while waiting for the fire department to come carry him down the stairs to his first-floor condo which flooded in the storm surge during Hurricane Ian, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 in Naples.
  17. Flooding from the Peace River washes out the road along County Road 661 outside of Arcadia, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arcadia.
  18. Carole McDanel, 78, and her daughter Beth Booker, 32.
  19. Uber driver Al Moreno, 59.
  20. A helicopter leaves HCA Florida Pasadena Hospital Monday afternoon as part of an evacuation effort that relocated about 40 patients prior to the arrival of Hurricane Ian. The hospital is located in a mandatory evacuation zone.
  21. Jack Rickert, a 96-year-old resident of The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, pats Irish, a robotic dog, on Wednesday in St. Petersburg. Several retirement community residents own interactive pets that can bark, purr, turn their heads, roll over and more.
  22. Stan Gurvitz, Patricia Price y Jeff Holstein, actores de SAGES (Senior Actors Guild & Education Services), el grupo de teatro se presenta en su espectáculo, Phoney Baloney en el Performing Arts Center, en Largo. La obra fue diseñada para ayudar a las personas mayores a combatir las estafas mientras se entretiene.
  23. Stan Gurvitz, Patricia Price, and Jeff Holstein, actors with SAGES (Senior Actors Guild & Education Services), theater group performs in the show, Phoney Baloney, at the Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022 in Largo. The play was crafted to help seniors combat scams while being entertaining.
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