Malena Carollo - Technology, Cybersecurity, Insurance and Energy Reporter

Technology, Cybersecurity, Insurance and Energy 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. Tampa Electric Co. asked for a 19 percent rate hike for the coming year. Pictured is the company's headquarters in 2017. | [Times (2017)]
  2. For residents and business owners evacuated because of the Piney Point leak, insurance may help pay some of the displacement costs. Pictured is effluent flowing from a pipe into a drainage ditch at Port Manatee South Gate on Tuesday. | [Douglas R. Clifford | Times]
  3. Year end financial data shows the state's property insurance industry ended 2020 in distress. Shown are rooftops in Fishhawk Ranch in quickly growing  southern Hillsborough County. [Dirk Shadd | Times]
  4. Florida insurance regulators recommended the state take over an ailing insurer Friday. Pictured is Florida Office of Insurance Regulation insurance commissioner David Altmaier. [Courtesy of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation]
  5. Top workplaces in the large category went above and beyond to make their employees feel valued. A client walks into a Tampa location of Grow Financial in March. | [Chris Urso | Times]
  6. A smiley face flag is seen outside the home of Craig Beggins, a real estate broker of Century 21 Beggins, in March. | [Ivy Ceballo | Times]
  7. Robert Trotter transports a garage door opener at Precision Overhead Garage Door Service in March. | [Douglas R. Clifford | Times]
  8. Precision Garage Door of Tampa Bay ranked No. 1 among small business for Top Workplaces. Pictured is Bryson Bohr (left) and Bryan Stewart (back center); and Carlos Morales (right) working in the training room on March 4. | [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  9. Outside the PulteGroup offices in Riverview.
  10. Grow Financial Credit Union had its humble start in an unusual office space location. Pictured is a Tampa location for the company. | [Chris Urso | Times]
  11. PowerChord is one of the Top Workplaces this year. Pictured is Blake Cargill, left, and Patty Hurst, both in the People and Culture Department, talking while working at the front desk near the entrance to the office at PowerChord in March.
  12. Pictured is Duke Energy Florida president Melissa Seixas in March. | [Dirk Shadd | Times]
  13. Lawsuits continue over the fair repair price to replace a broken windshield. [Times (2015)]
  14. From left: Lee Cathey, Mayor Al Cathey and Charles Smith survey damage in the coastal township of Mexico Beach, which lay devastated after Hurricane Michael made landfall there. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times (2018)]
  15. Pictured is Tampa Electric Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  16. Florida's jobless rate declined in January. Pictured is a job applicant at a job fair in September 2020. [Times (2020)]
  17. American Capital Assurance Corp. is a St. Petersburg-based insurer. Its financial health ratings were downgraded recently. Pictured is its website Thursday. | [Courtesy of American Capital Assurance Corp.]
  18. Several bills are attempting to address troubled portions of Florida’s insurance systems. Pictured is debris after Hurricane Irma in Big Pine Key. [Times (2017)]
  19. Several bills are attempting to address troubled portions of Florida’s insurance systems. Pictured is debris after Hurricane Irma in Big Pine Key. [Times (2017)]
  20. Andrew "Andy" Hines, who led Florida Power Co., died Sunday. Pictured is Hines. | [Courtesy of Brad Hines]
  21. Los precios de la gasolina han aumentado significativamente desde diciembre. En la foto se muestran los precios de la gasolina en una gasolinera de St.Petersburg el lunes.
  22. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is opening up an investigation into a contractor death at Big Bend Power Station. Pictured is the power plant in 2017. | [Luis Santana | Times (2017)]
  23. Gas prices are up significantly since December. Pictured are gas prices at a St. Petersburg gas station Monday.