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Ian Hodgson - Data Reporter, Environment and Health

Data Reporter, Environment and Health

My title is "data reporter" but my job is to tell stories. I cover health and the environment, two topics that go hand-in-hand now more than ever. I'm a math nerd, a PhD dropout and before joining the Times I worked in economics and finance. I've lived in Vancouver, Chicago and New York, so I'm ready to never go through another cold winter. When I'm not reporting you can find me watching the Cubbies or struggling through on the NYT crossword. Let's grab a coffee and talk about story ideas.

  1. A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew rescued seven people after their 39-foot personal vessel was struck by lightning 100 miles off the coast of Clearwater on Saturday, June 25, 2022. The five women and two men were returned without medical concerns to the air station, where family greeted them.
  2. A cyclist is dead after being struck by a car in Polk County Sunday morning, police said.
  3. A 60-year-old Spring Hill man died in a solo motorcycle crash on Sunday.
  4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's community chart on Friday shows many Florida counties are at "high" risk of COVID-19. Those are the ones colored orange. The "medium" risk counties are colored yellow and "low" risk counties are green.
  5. More than 1,000 activists gathered in downtown Tampa on May 14 in conjunction with hundreds of rallies in support of abortion rights held coast to coast and in Hawaii. The “Bans off our Bodies” rallies were organized after a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court decision suggests it will overturn Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion.
  6. Sarrah Vesselov, 44, is a married mother of two and small business owner. She poses for a portrait May 13 while working as a graphic designer from her shop, the Your Turn Cafe in Zephyrhills. She said her family, her education and her business would not be possible if she hadn't had access legal abortion at age 19.
  7. Publix, el empleador privado más grande del estado, no ofrecerá la vacuna recientemente aprobada para niños menores de 4 años.
  8. Publix, the state's largest private employer, has announced that it will not be offering the newly approved vaccine for children ages 4 and under.
  9. (From top left) Delquanda Turner Smith, 46, and Erik Smith, 50, pose for a portrait with their two sons (bottom left), Erik Smith, 4, and Carlton Smith, 3, outside their home on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 in St. Petersburg. The two sons have an immune disorder which leaves them vulnerable to illnesses, including covid. The Smith’s hope to vaccinate their sons soon as federal officials recently announced their approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 4 and under.
  10. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's community chart on Friday shows many Florida counties are at "high" risk of COVID-19. Those are the ones colored orange. The "medium" risk counties are colored yellow and "low" risk counties are green.
  11. White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha speaks during the April 26 daily briefing at the White House. Jha said Friday that Florida's failure to preorder doses of the vaccine for children 4 and under will delay delivery to the state's pediatricians, children’s hospitals and medical facilities.
  12. Isaih Epps, 15, get his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic for children and adults ages 5 and up at Turkey Creek Middle School on December 2021 in Plant City. Thousands of medical facilities across the country will get vaccine doses for young children, according to a Herald report, but Florida facilities that rely on the federal pipeline may not until the state places its order.
  13. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's community chart on Friday shows many Florida counties are at "high" risk of COVID-19. Those are the ones colored orange. The "medium" risk counties are colored yellow and "low" risk counties are green.
  14. John Foss (left)  a nurse with the Pinellas County School Board  and Dr. Pedro Lense with the Florida Department of Health Pinellas, prepares to administer COVID-19 tests to local residents during a free drive-up and walk-up testing site coordinated by the Pinellas division of the Health Department on Saturday May 2, 2020 at the Frank H Pierce Recreation Center at Bartlett Park in St. Petersburg. Officials estimated that approximately 130 people were tested.
  15. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's community chart on Friday shows many Florida counties are at "high" risk of COVID-19. Those are the ones colored orange. The "medium" risk counties are colored yellow and "low" risk counties are green.
  16. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's community chart on Friday shows many Florida counties are at high risk of COVID-19. Those are the ones colored orange. The medium risk counties are colored yellow and low risk counties are green.
  17. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's online map shows the community levels of COVID-19 in Florida. Tampa Bay and South Florida counties are colored orange, indicating "high risk." Yellow indicates "medium" risk and green is for "low" risk.
  18. Graduates attend the Class of 2022’s Hillsborough Virtual K-12 Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday at the Florida State Fairgrounds’ Expo Hall in Tampa. 
Federal guidelines recommend that all residents in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties, regardless of health status, should wear a well-fitting mask in public indoor spaces.
  19. Meredith Mechanik, right, of Tampa, wears her mask as she browses through books at Tombolo Books, a bookstore at downtown St. Petersburg, on June 11, 2021. Residents in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties should once again wear masks indoors due to rising levels of COVID-19, under federal guidelines.
  20. Under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines, “high” community level is the threshold when federal health officials recommend that all residents wear a well-fitting mask in public indoor spaces.
  21. En esta foto de octubre de 2021 del Straz Center, todos usan una máscara. Bob Sheehan, de 67 años, a la izquierda, espera mientras Dionne Christian, la asistente especial del director de operaciones del Straz, en el centro, revisa la cartilla de vacunación contra el COVID-19 de su esposa Kathy Sheehan, de 66 años, de Carrollwood.
  22. The American flag flies at half-staff at the White House in Washington on Thursday as the Biden administration commemorates 1 million American lives lost due to COVID-19.
  23. The American flag flies at half-staff at the White House in Washington on Thursday as the Biden administration commemorates 1 million American lives lost due to COVID-19.
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