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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. In this July 17, 2020 photo, Margaret Choinacki, 87, blows kisses to her friend Frances Reaves during a drive-by visit at Miami Jewish Health in Miami.
  2. In this 2020 photo, Margaret Choinacki, 87, who has no other family members left because her husband and daughter have died, blows kisses to her friend Frances Reaves during a drive-by visit at Miami Jewish Health in Miami.
  3. Los residentes miran la calle a través de una ventana en el hogar de ancianos Icaria en Barcelona, España, el 25 de noviembre de 2020. La imagen fue parte de una serie del fotógrafo de Associated Press Emilio Morenatti que ganó el Premio Pulitzer 2021 por fotografía de largometraje. (Foto AP / Emilio Morenatti)
  4. Residents look at the street through a window at the Icaria nursing home in Barcelona, Spain, Nov. 25, 2020. The image was part of a series by Associated Press photographer Emilio Morenatti that won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
  5. The Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 7800 Liberty Lane, on April 17, 2020, in Seminole.
  6. Glenda McDonald, 64, poses for a photograph Thursday, July 15, 2021 at her home in New Port Richey. McDonald works for Seniors Helping Seniors Pinellas County, a for-profit organization that exclusively employs people 45 and older as home caregivers.
  7. A new study suggests that the way to combat the cost of aging is to stop it.
  8. The state and an assisted living facility in Trinity settled a case with a fine.
  9. A puddle floods Buena Vista Dr N following Tropical Storm Elsa, Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Dunedin.
  10. Jae Passmore, 32, helps Tampa residents at Macfarlane Park fill and tie sandbags to secure their homes against Tropical Storm Elsa.
  11. Tiffani Mayes, 72, poses for a portrait in his Tampa home on Friday, June 25, 2021.
  12. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addressed the media at the River Garden Hebrew House for the Aged in Jacksonville, Fla., on the status of COVID-19 vaccination rates in the state's nursing homes and assisted living facilities Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. DeSantis signed a new law that will make permanent a program that allows facilities to hire less experienced employees to supplement the work of nursing assistants, who are able to provide more complex care for seniors.
  13. Holocaust survivor, Betty Goldberg just became eligible for reparations that includes crucial home health services. She is seen here in her home in Gulfport reflecting on her life's journey.
  14. Residents look at the street through a window at the Icaria nursing home in Barcelona, Spain, Nov. 25, 2020. The image was part of a series by Associated Press photographer Emilio Morenatti that won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
  15. Tina McGlynn, 53, poses for a portrait displaying her profile on Clubhouse, a social media app, in the office of her Seffner home on Monday, June 14, 2021.
  16. Alli Baldwin, Ilene Mitnick and Howie Mitnick in "It's Not a Burden."