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Hannah Critchfield - Investigative Reporter

Investigative Reporter

I’m on the investigative team at the Tampa Bay Times, where I work to reveal what’s hidden in plain sight — from gaps in regulation to the experiences of communities that are often overlooked. I’m originally from a city called Normal, an insurance town in Illinois with a surprisingly robust circus culture. (No, I can’t juggle; yes, I can ride the unicycle.) I’ve reported on labor, immigration, health care, prisons, housing and sexual misconduct within higher education. Most recently at the Times, I covered older adults and aging and will miss attending the occasional 100th birthday party. If you’re thinking about reaching out, don’t hesitate — I’m happy to answer any questions you have. Is there something we should dig deeper into? Let me know. Send me a tip, say hello or tell me your thoughts on the best Florida birds! I want to hear from you.

  1. Law enforcement considered the teen missing and endangered.
  2. A vehicle crashed into a Clearwater strip mall around 6:45 a.m. on January 21, 2024, stopping inside Skyline Chili.
  3. Detectives are investigating the death of a man at the Pinellas County Jail.
  4. The man was reported missing after he didn't return from a fishing trip.
  5. O.P.M.S. is one of the most popular kratom brands in the U.S. It relies on a web of two dozen companies for the manufacturing and packaging of its products.
  6. The Shore Acres neighborhood saw high water and road closures following Hurricane Idalia Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023 in St. Petersburg.
  7. A man paddles down Coffee Pot Boulevard, past a black sedan underwater Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023 in St. Petersburg, in the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia.
  8. Medical courier Dru Roberts loads disposable diapers and medical supplies into a delivery van at the Health Aid Warehouse on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, in Tampa.
  9. Aerial drone view of Capri Mobile Home Park, which has been abandoned. Beyond, new apartment buildings are seen at the former site of Southern Comfort Mobile Home Park in Clearwater.
  10. Pet owners prepare for Hurricane Ian at Durant High in Plant City last year. All Tampa Bay area counties have hurricane shelters that are pet friendly.
  11. A Dunedin nursing home is being sued after a woman was attacked and later died in 2021.
  12. Marylyn Reilly rides the SunRunner to Walmart for her weekly grocery shopping on Monday in St. Petersburg. She came out as a transgender woman last March, after the death of her father, who she said was not accepting of her identity. “After a day or two, I knew I made the right decision,” Reilly said.
  13. April 24, 2023• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Florida anti-trans legislation is prompting discussions in the LGBTQ+ community about leaving the state. Simone Bouyer, 61, and Clare Dygert, 68, in their Riverview library on April 21, 2023, have been together for eight years. Now, the Riverview couple is deciding if they should move to North Carolina because they no longer view Florida as a safe place for LGBTQ+ people.
  14. Destin Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, the only nursing home in the popular Panhandle beach town, had four serious violations last year. But until recently, details about them were difficult to find.
  15. Ellen Guevel, 57, left, and her partner, Linda Guevel, 73, right, visit with dogs Missy and Ava on Monday, March 27, 2023, at their home in Clearwater. Ellen has been caring for her partner since she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
  16. Iris Serrano celebrates her 100th birthday with family and friends at the Hillsborough County Brandon Senior Center on March 9 in Brandon.
  17. The remaining 39 residents are evacuated from Freedom Square of Seminole, Friday, April 17, 2020 in Seminole. The sprawling retirement community faced at least seven wrongful death lawsuits after a coronavirus outbreak afflicted the facility.
  18. Sam Jelbert, left, Bob Larkin and Neil Pepper share a shot of Irish whiskey during a break in play while golfing at the Churchill Downs Executive Golf Course at The Villages on Monday. Exactly what golfers must wear in the world’s largest retirement community is up for debate.
  19. Nicole Santos, 43, who holds a bear stuffed with a recording of her mother’s heartbeat, poses for a portrait in the room where her mother died in 2021 in her Wimauma home on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023.
  20. A vehicle is packed with belongings as a resident of Raydiant Health Care of Brandon moves from the facility at 701 Victoria St, on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Brandon. The assisted living facility lost its contract with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid on July 6.
  21. Inspectors found that nursing home staff at Excel Care Center in Tampa, pictured here, had failed to tell a resident’s doctor about lab work showing that the man was at risk for dangerous bleeding and needed to stop taking his blood thinning medication.