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Kathleen McGrory - Deputy Investigations Editor

Deputy Investigations Editor

I’m the deputy investigations editor at the Tampa Bay Times. I write and edit stories that shed light on wrongdoing. My work has exposed a previously unreported spike in the number of child gun injuries, traced the origins of a fatal power-plant accident and uncovered mistakes at a prestigious children’s hospital. I started my career at the Miami Herald, where I covered crime, schools, Miami City Hall and state government. (Sometimes, the four overlapped.) Before that, I studied at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. I live in St. Petersburg with my husband, who is also an editor at the paper, and our rescue beagle Susan.

  1. Dr. James Quintessenza, left, will return as the head of the Johns Hopkins All Children's heart surgery program department.
    The heart surgery program’s mortality rate spiked after the surgeon left, a 2018 Times investigation revealed.
  2. State regulators plan to fine Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg a total of more than $800,000.
    The planned $800,000 penalty is the latest fallout from problems in the hospital’s heart surgery department.
  3. Rosana Escamilla gives her daughter Alexcia tiny pieces of food to taste in their home in August 2018. Alexcia was left paralyzed after a heart surgery at John Hopkins All Children's Hospital. The details of her case match the public filing of a $12.75 million settlement the hospital recently signed with a family.
    The hospital has been negotiating with 11 families; some were struggling to afford the immense cost of care.
  4. Johns Hopkins All Children‘s Hospital. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
    It is the first settlement to become public. Others are expected.
  5. Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
    The investigation was commissioned by the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine, which runs the hospital, following a Times investigation into fatal problems in All Children’s heart surgery unit.
  6. Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg.  (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)
    Outside physicians will now be allowed to inspect Florida heart surgery programs. The change follows problems at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
  7. Screenshot of the New York Times investigation
    Problems at Johns Hopkins All Children’s have brought the risks of children’s heart surgery — and the vastly different care some institutions provide — to the forefront in Tampa Bay.
  8. The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland  [NEIL BEDI | Times]
    The decline was $31.7 million — 70 percent of the system’s total — compared to the first quarter last year.
  9. The Florida Capitol looking east from the Florida Supreme Court. May, 1, 2019.

[SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
    Lawmakers passed about 10 percent of 1,861 bills that were filed.
  10. Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
    The state found continuing problems with infection control, and wants a plan to fix them by early May. The hospital entered a contract with the federal government to fix systemic issues.