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Malena Carollo - Utilities, Consumer Issues, Cybersecurity and Insurance Reporter

Utilities, Consumer Issues, Cybersecurity and Insurance Reporter

I'm passionate about writing stories that expose broken systems and wrongdoing. My work brought to light an auto lender taking advantage of Floridians, highlighted burgeoning neighborhood surveillance and prompted an investigation by the Florida Attorney General's Office. Help me learn what's going on in your part of Tampa Bay. Contact me more securely on Signal at (813) 591-0688. I earned my master’s degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where I studied investigative and data reporting and practical digital security. Before the Times, I covered cybersecurity for the Christian Science Monitor’s Passcode section.

  1. According to a forecast by PNC, business leaders feel sunny about the coming six months.
  2. Florida gas prices are down slightly over the week, according to AAA, the Auto Club Group. Pictured is a man filling up his car in 2017 in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times  (2017)]
    Diminished demand and higher crude oil availability pushed pump prices lower.
  3. The Federal Emergency Management Agency delayed the release of its “Risk Rating 2.0” plan, which would rate homes’ flood risk more precisely than current models. Pictured is flooding along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa following Hurricane Michael in 2018. [James Borchuck | Times (2018)]
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency delayed the release of its “Risk Rating 2.0″ plan.
  4. VetCor LLC was one of nine Tampa Bay companies recognized recently for hiring military veterans. Pictured is owner David Howard (left) and CEO Paul Huszar (right) at a recent event. [Courtesy of VetCor LLC]
    The “HIRE Vets Medallion” recognizes businesses that hire and retain former service members.
  5. Public Service Commission board member Julie Brown.
    The goals were reverted to the slightly higher 2015 benchmarks.
  6. Florida gas prices are expected to remain largely steady this week, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group. Pictured is a woman pumping gas in Pittsburgh in September. [Gene J. Puskar | Associated Press]
    Though changes in wholesale gasoline prices could affect prices at the pump.
  7. Pictured are flames from a backfire consume a hillside as firefighters battle the Maria Fire in Santa Paula, Calif., on Friday. [Noah Berger | Associated Press]
    Key differences between the states determine the likelihood of large, rapidly spreading fires.
  8. Gas prices jumped back up in Tampa Bay after a double-digit decrease, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group. Pictured is a man filling up in St. Petersburg in 2017. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times (2017)]
    Florida gas prices averaged $2.40 per gallon Tuesday.
  9. Bay area gas prices increased by double digits since last week, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group. Pictured is a man in St. Petersburg filling up in 2017. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times (2017)]
    Oil refineries’ seasonal maintenance, as well as wholesale gas prices, pushed prices higher.
  10. Florida has a newly-appointed task force to analyze the state's cybersecurity health. Pictured is Florida's Old Capitol building in March. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
    A Legislature-created task force convenes this month to begin its year-long assessment.