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. 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)
  2. A man fishes Monday off the rocky shore along the Clearwater Harbor from Sand Key Park in Clearwater.
  3. An aerial drone photo of Sand Key looking north towards Indian Rocks Beach taken on Sept. 2.
  4. Prepárese es importante que la información de seguros y su documentos estén a salvo en caso de evacuación. .
  5. A pole that was struck by a car during the shooting was repaired by TECO on Monday morning.
  6. 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
  7. Para actualizaciones en inglés y español en esta temporada de huracanes visite (Alexander Gerst/ESA/NASA via AP)
  8. 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.
  9. Preparando una vacuna de Pfizer durante una jornada el 31 de julio en St. Petersburg.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. The New Port Richey Police Department is looking for 16-year-old Deven Gelinas. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Detective J. Ioppolo at 727-232-8905, ext. 8905, or send an email to
  14. A replica of the Salvador Dalí bronze statue Terpsicore (Muse of Dance) seen with other sculptures outside of The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg.
  15. A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite captured this view of Tropical Storm Elsa churning off the coast of west Florida early Wednesday.
  16. Vu Vo, 48, left, and Tan Le, 52, prepare for the potential approach of Tropical Storm Elsa by filling sandbags Saturday in Pinellas Park.
  17. People spend time at Ben T. Davis Beach where advisories warn beach-goers about Red Tide in the area after reports of fish kills along the bay on Wednesday in Tampa.
  18. A bird inspects a dead fish along the beach at Honeymoon Island State Park on June 16 in Dunedin. A bloom concentration of Red Tide has continued to plague parts of Pinellas County beaches.
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Shaquil Barrett, who brought along the Lombardi Trophy, talks with Paul Kennedy, Fox Sports broadcaster, during the first period as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Chicago Blackhawks at Amalie Arena, on Thursday, March 18, 2021 in Tampa.
  20. Two tropical disturbances have emerged in the Atlantic waters far from Florida. But it will be days before either becomes something to worry about, according to the National Hurricane Center’s forecast.
  21. A bird inspects a dead fish along the beach at Honeymoon Island State Park last week. Red Tide is blamed for the dead fish washing up along the Pinellas shore.
  22. An overhead image of the Piney Point phosphogypsum complex in Manatee County in April.
  23. A pile of dead fish gathered on the bow of a boat June 17 as crews plucked dead marine life from the Intracoastal Waterway between Clearwater and Dunedin. The suspected cause of the fish kill was the recent Red Tide blooms that the state has detected in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and now Pasco counties.