Jamal Thalji - Editor, Health and Environment

Editor, Health and Environment

I was raised on Florida’s Best Newspaper and dreamed of writing for it. I got my shot while at 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. Now I’m an Assistant Metro Editor. I’m all about breaking news and deadline writing. Before I ended up behind an editor’s desk, I covered executions, hurricanes, 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. Comic books get me through the pain of football season. Recently, I decided Superman > Batman.

  1. 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.
  2. 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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  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Florida's weekly coronavirus numbers.
  8. 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.
  9. 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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  11. 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.
  12. January 3, 2020, Wellington, Florida, USA: Joel Lieberman, Wellington, is frustrated with the website. His prescription drug plan prices vary during the year. (Credit Image: © Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post via ZUMA Wire)
  13. A man fishes Monday off the rocky shore along the Clearwater Harbor from Sand Key Park in Clearwater.
  14. An aerial drone photo of Sand Key looking north towards Indian Rocks Beach taken on Sept. 2.
  15. Prepárese es importante que la información de seguros y su documentos estén a salvo en caso de evacuación. .
  16. A pole that was struck by a car during the shooting was repaired by TECO on Monday morning.
  17. Los estragos en Mexico Beach en octubre de 2019, siete meses después de que el huracán Michael tocara tierra y destruyera muchas de las estructuras de la pequeña ciudad costera del panhandle de Florida. Para las últimas noticias y actualizaciones durante la temporada de huracanes, consulte
  18. Para actualizaciones en inglés y español en esta temporada de huracanes visite (Alexander Gerst/ESA/NASA via AP)
  19. Nurse Annette Shelton of Med-Call Healthcare administers the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to Bernice Wyche at Bethel Community Baptist Church in St. Petersburg on March 6.
  20. Preparando una vacuna de Pfizer durante una jornada el 31 de julio en St. Petersburg.
  21. A healthcare works holds up a sign to directing people to a  COVID-19 vaccination site at a Health Care District of Palm Beach County bus parked on Datura Street in West Palm Beach on May 14.
  22. Mayor Jane Castor, left, and Tampa General Hospital Dr. Jason Wilson appear in a video released by the city warning residents to get vaccinated as the delta variant runs rampant across Florida.
  23. A pile of dead fish gathered on the bow of a boat June 17 as crews use hand nets in the intracoastal waters between Clearwater and Dunedin to remove dead fish poisoned by Red Tide.