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Malena Carollo - Transportation, Energy & Insurance Reporter

Transportation, Energy & 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. Pictured is the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation's building. | [Courtesy of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation]
  2. Pictured is Mark Jenkins, spokesperson for AAA, the Auto Club Group. | [Courtesy of Mark Jenkins]
  3. Strom Inc. previously listed an Ybor City building as its physical location, which it no longer occupies. Pictured is the building.
  4. Tampa International Airport's shops and restaurants are hiring for more than 100 positions. Pictured is the Columbia Restaurant Cafe in Tampa International Airport. | [Times (2012)]
  5. A downed tree along 38th Avenue in St. Petersburg affected the power lines following Tropical Storm Eta last year. | [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times (2020)]
  6. Power outages were reported in both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties as Tropical Storm Elsa passed early Wednesday morning.
  7. Cancelaciones de vuelos  en un tablero en el lote de espera del Aeropuerto Internacional de Tampa el martes 6 de julio de 2021.
  8. SIn luz en varios hogares de Pinellas y Hillsborough tras el paso de la tormenta tropical Elsa.[ TECO and Duke Energy ]
  9. Flight cancellations seen on a board at Tampa International Airport's cell phone waiting lot on Tuesday.
  10. John Pack, 52, fishes from the Dunedin Causeway following Tropical Storm Elsa Wednesday.
  11. A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite captured this view of Tropical Storm Elsa churning off the coast of west Florida early Wednesday.
  12. A lineman with Service Electric Co., a subcontractor with Duke Energy, works on a project at Duke's substation on Jan. 7, 2020, at 5400 Ulmerton Road in Largo.
  13. A home exploded following a nearby gas leak late last year, killing a University of South Florida student who was visiting his parents. Pictured is the home in a photo included in a lawsuit. | [Courtesy of Frank Melton]
  14. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has placed a Sarasota-based property insurer under its supervision to “wind down” the company. Pictured is Florida Office of Insurance Regulation insurance commissioner David Altmaier. | [Courtesy of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation]
  15. What's going on with construction at Tampa International Airport? Pictured is part of the construction in June. | [JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times]
  16. American Airlines canceled dozens of flights nationally, but few cancellations are expected at Tampa International Airport. Pictured is an American Airlines flight in January. | [Chris Urso | Times]
  17. Magaly Terry-Gonzalez shows pictures of her husband, Eliseo De La Guardia, who died in 2013 when he was electrocuted by a power line while picking avocados. | [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times]
  18. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is seen lit up on Oct. 20, 2019 in St. Petersburg. The Florida Department of Transportation installed about 1,800 colored LED light fixtures on the Sunshine Skyway bridge. St. Petersburg asked the state in 2020 and 2021 to light the bridge up with rainbow colors for Pride month, but the state said that was not one of the Skyway's pre-existing light patterns.
  19. What do you need to know about your insurance now that hurricane season has arrived? The Tampa Bay Times talked with Jake Holehouse, president of HH Insurance Group. | [Courtesy of Jake Holehouse]
  20. En Florida, a menudo es necesario realizar una inspección de cuatro puntos y una inspección de mitigación del viento.
  21. Un avión de Breeze Airways tomó su primer vuelo desde el Aeropuerto Internacional de Tampa el jueves 27 de mayo de 2021.
  22. Breeze Airways CEO David Neeleman celebrates with champagne before the new airline took its first flight from Tampa International Airport on Thursday.  [JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times]
  23. El destino de las pólizas canceladas aún está en el aire. El candidato más probable para absorberlos es Citizens Property Insurance Co., la aseguradora de propiedad estatal de último recurso.