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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. Florida WARN notices were high last year. Many of the job losses were from the hardest-hit industries, such as dining, service and hospitality. Pictured is Yrma Batista, 23, from New York City choosing buffet items at Terra Gaucha in Tampa in September. | [SCOTT KEELER | Times (2020)]
  2. Duke Energy Florida will use some of a refund for storing its spent nuclear fuel to offset the cost of a newly proposed plan. Pictured is the retired nuclear portion of its Crystal River plant. | [Courtesy of Duke Energy Florida]
  3. Florida advocates joined a national call for utility disconnect moratorium Wednesday. Pictured is a lineman with a Duke Energy Florida subcontractor in January 2020. | [Douglas R. Clifford | Times]
  4. Duke Energy Florida and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg unveiled a solar battery project to explore how to store and use energy from the sun in 2015.
  5. San Francisco cybersecurity company OPSWAT is moving its headquarters to Tampa. Pictured is CEO Benny Czarny and the company's California office. | [Courtesy of OPSWAT]
  6. Tampa Bay power shutoffs in November are up from year prior. Pictured are workers from a Duke Energy Florida subcontractor. | [Douglas R. Clifford | Times]
  7. A CareerSource Tampa Bay and CareerSource Pinellas job fair in August. [MALENA CAROLLO | Times]
  8. As of mid-December, no bills were filed relating to the state's Property Assessed Clean Energy programs. Pictured are homes in Ruskin with solar panels, many of which were financed through PACE programs.
  9. Jill Rice, 64, is pictured in her shop, Zaiya ArtiZen Market, in Gulfport, Florida, earlier this year, when the fate of her shop was uncertain. She joked that she wished she had a crystal ball.
  10. Florida’s property insurance market was rattled this year as insurers faced financial pressure on a number of fronts, and it won't face an easier landscape next year. Pictured are homes in Mexico Beach in 2019, a year after Hurricane Michael slammed the coastal city. | [Times file]
  11. Florida gas prices reached pre-pandemic price averages this week, according to AAA, the Auto Club Group. Pictured is traffic on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge into Pinellas County this month. | [Douglas R. Clifford | Times]
  12. Sykes Enterprises is in the process of acquiring the Penny Hoarder, the companies announced Monday. Pictured is Kyle Taylor, chief executive of of the Penny Hoarder, in 2018. | [Courtesy of the Penny Hoarder]
  13. Last-minute shopping online this year? Don't forget about your digital security. Pictured are Amazon packages at the company's warehouse in Ruskin in 2019. | [James Borchuck | Times (2019)]
  14. Florida’s unemployment rate stays flat from October. Pictured is a job fair in Tampa in September.| [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  15. Duke Energy Florida received approval to lower its rates in 2021. Pictured is a Duke Energy contractor in January. | [Douglas R. Clifford | Times]
  16. Citizens Property Insurance Co.'s board of governors postponed a request for rate increases until next year when it can talk to regulators. Pictured is the Wednesday virtual board meeting. | [Courtesy of The Florida Channel]
  17. Florida gas prices are down slightly after a two-month high. Pictured is a man filling up in St. Petersburg in 2017.
  18. Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center is closed until fall 2021. Pictured is a manatee at the center. [Times (2019)]
  19. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is one of 48 attorneys general suing Facebook. | [Times (2019)]
  20. A Dish and Nexstar contract dispute took WFLA and other stations off air. Pictured is the WFLA building in 2000. | [Times file photo]
  21. About 4,000 Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co. customers were without power at the end of October. Pictured are Duke Energy Florida workers. | [Times file photo]
  22. Gas prices in Florida held steady through Thanksgiving weekend. Pictured is a man filling up in St. Petersburg in 2019. | [Dirk Shadd | Times (2019)
  23. Duke Energy Florida's contractor is beginning the decommissioning process for its shuttered nuclear power plant at Crystal River. Pictured is the nuclear facility. | [Courtesy of Duke Energy Florida]