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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. Exterior photo of Radiant Health Care of Brandon, formerly Consulate Health pictured on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 in Brandon.
  2. “It's harder for younger people," said Wayne Rediger, 74, a Sun City Center resident. "They like to go out and do things, and they have to go to work. I'm more comfortable going home watching TV at night."
  3. A man is tested for COVID-19, at a walk-up testing site run by Nomi Health, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, in downtown Miami. Officials in Miami-Dade County have opened two new coronavirus testing sites and extended hours at Zoo Miami in response to an increased demand. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
  4. Nevin Overmiller, 78, walks a delivery of KFC to a customer’s door while delivering food for Uber Eats on Wednesday, Jan 5, 2021, in Palm Harbor. Overmiller is driving Uber Eats due to the pandemic while supplementing his retirement income.
  5. Dec. 31, 2021• Breaking News
    Three people have fainted while waiting at a COVID-19 testing site Al Lopez Park in Tampa on Dec. 31.
  6. The seven-day forecast from Spectrum Bay News 9.
  7. The first phase of the Ridge Road Extension in Pasco County is open.
  8. Dillard's stores will not hold their New Year's Day clearance sale this Jan. 1.
  9. A 33-year-old woman, a mother of four, has died of injuries related to a fiery crash on Interstate 275.
  10. A man is in critical condition after a shooting outside Ana Food Store in St. Petersburg.
  11. Nurse Lisa Lampkin stands in an empty COVID-19 ICU in Mission Viejo, Calif., on April 6, 2021. As the omicron variant spreads, many nursing home residents (lack booster shots.
  12. Navy World War II veteran Bill Monfort, who turned 105 on Dec. 17, celebrates with members of his church in Tampa on Sunday. Monfort lived through the attack on Pearl Harbor and fighting in the Pacific during WWII as a member of the Navy. He recently survived a COVID-19 infection, as well.
  13. The omicron variant of the coronavirus has some wondering if it's safe to travel for the holidays.
  14. Jane Lenher sits outside of the Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion in Seminole in 2020.
  15. Longtime resident Fred Hodges, 71, thinks back to the people who have come and gone during his time living at the Palms of Manasota, the first LGBTQ retirement community in the United States, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 in Palmetto.
  16. Consumer watchdogs are warning of an uptick in holiday scams this season.
  17. The South Unit of the Central Florida Reception Center in Orlando. The Florida Department of Corrections and Disability Rights Florida have reached a settlement that will add accommodations for prisoners with disabilities.
  18. Cynthia St. Lawrence holds her calico cat, Callie, last week at her home in Clearwater. St. Lawrence is 72 and has a robust group of friends. But she lives alone in a 55+ community, and wishes there were more opportunities for senior cohousing in the area.
  19. Gary Murphy, 60, and his wife, Sonja Serini, 64, at their Largo home on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. Serini was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy four years ago, which has impaired her movement and speech.
  20. Christine Lagisquet, 92, at her home in Brandon on Aug. 9.
  21. Longtime residents and neighbors Fred Hodges, 71, and Mary Cumisky, 80, reminisce last week about old parties at their community, at Cumisky’s house in Palmetto at the Palms of Manasota, dubbed the first LGBTQ retirement community in the United States.
  22. Accessory dwelling units have been rising in popularity in recent years. For some, a tiny house on an existing property may be an option. Shane and Hilary Lentz, of Pittsburgh, check out a tiny house in Croydon, N.H.
  23. Nov. 3, 2021• Life & Culture
    Irene Gernon, the 64-year-old association president of Town Shores of Gulfport retirement community, looks forward to the return of her Canadian neighbors next week. “Gulfport restaurants took a major hit last year,” she said. “Snowbirds tend to go out more, because they don’t take it for granted.”