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Jamal Thalji - Editor, Health and Environment

Editor, Health and Environment

I was raised on Florida’s Best Newspaper and dreamed of becoming a reporter there. I got my shot while I was attending the University of South Florida, covering high school football and the weekend crime beat. I went on to cover the police, courts, business and sports beats and served as an editor in our St. Petersburg and Tampa newsrooms. Now I’m the Health and Environment Editor, guiding a team of reporters covering climate change, the environment, health care, mental health, the medical profession and the pandemic. I’ve covered just about every kind of story for the Times, including executions, hurricanes, murder trials, wildfires, space shuttle launches and lots of football games. I have the honor of filing the last byline in the 113-year history of the St. Petersburg Times on Dec. 31, 2011, minutes before it became the Tampa Bay Times. I was a comic book and sci fi nerd before it was cool (it’s still cool, right?)

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  4. Tampa Bay Times journalists Sam Ogozalek, left, and Hannah Critchfield are both fellows with Report for America.
  5. Youngstown City Health Department worker Faith Terreri grabs two at-home COVID-19 test kits to be handed out during a Dec. 30, 2021 distribution event. The U.S. government is offering another round of free at-home COVID-19 test kits to the country. Order online from the U.S. Postal Service via www.covid.gov/tests.
  6. Paul G. "Dick" Hornbuckle's car rests where it skidded to a stop just 14 inches from the edge of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which was struck by the freighter Summit Venture on May 9, 1980. [Times]
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  8. People wait in a line for that wraps around the West Tampa Community Resource Center to get tested for COVID-19 on Dec. 28. Tampa Bay officials are opening more free, public testing sites to meet the demand for testing as the omicron variant drives a surge of cases.
  9. People wait in a line for COVID-19 testing on Dec. 28 that wraps around the West Tampa Community Resource Center. It is the county's last public testing and vaccination site, and officials plan to close it on Wednesday.
  10. Florida's weekly coronavirus numbers.
  11. A roadside sign located outside the COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at Tampa's Al Barnes Park. The city of Tampa says it will close the Al Lopez test site on Saturday and the Al Barnes Park site on Feb. 26.
  12. Tommy Inzina will retire as CEO and president of BayCare at the end of 2022.
  13. The Johnson family, Calmaris, 38, left, Damon, 36, right, Jeremiah, 13, back left, and Brianna, 10, back right, of Riverview, are tested for COVID-19 at Hillsborough County’s free, public drive-thru testing site on Hillsborough Community College’s Brandon campus on Jan. 10. Calmaris said her 10-year-old daughter was exposed to COVID-19 in her physical education class, and they both felt COVID-19 related symptoms. A new drive-thru test site will open Monday at Adventure Island.
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  16. The $300 million Taneja Center for Surgery opened at AdventHealth Tampa hospital on E Fletcher Avenue in September. AdventHealth will start restricting patients to one visitor per day at its Tampa Bay hospitals in an attempt to limit the spread of the omicron variant.
  17. Motorists wait in line to get tested for COVID-19 in parking lot 2 at Tropicana Field in June 2020. The city of St. Petersburg, Impact Health and the Tampa Bay Rays say they have opened a new test site at the Trop.
  18. Florida's weekly coronavirus numbers.
  19. People wait in a long line to get tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday at the West Tampa Community Resource Center. The line wrapped around the building. Tampa Bay governments scrambled this week to open more public testing sites to meet the surging demand for testing as the omicron variant drives record infections.
  20. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, left, celebrates with team owner Jeff Vinik, right, during the Stanley Cup celebration at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium on Sept. 30.
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  22. U.S. health officials approved child-size doses of Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11. It’s about a third of the adult dose, but is the same vaccine given to adults.
  23. January 3, 2020, Wellington, Florida, USA: Joel Lieberman, Wellington, is frustrated with the Medicare.gov website. His prescription drug plan prices vary during the year. (Credit Image: © Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post via ZUMA Wire)
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