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Margo Snipe - Metro Reporter

Metro Reporter

It is a passion of mine to report on politics, power and how government decisions (local, state and federal) affect everyday life. When I’m not covering breaking news, I love telling deep-dive stories that highlight the complexities of life, particularly in ways that give a voice to under-served and underrepresented communities. I’m not a Florida native. In fact, I’m not really a native anywhere? I’ve lived in a handful of cities across the country and even spent 3.5 years living in Rome. Now that I have my degree from Georgetown University, I believe there’s no better place to have landed to cover politics than the Sunshine state. When I’m not reporting, I’m chugging coffee, listening to music or figuring how to work out now that my days of playing collegiate volleyball are over.

  1. Protesters in St. Petersburg distributed fliers Friday that include a list of demands for police reforms. [MAR\GO SNIPE]
  2. A Tampa police officer attempts to detain a protester as officers break up a march blocking traffic on N Dale Mabry Highway on Saturday. [IVY CEBALLO  |  Times]
  3. Tee Wacker, Brey Johnson and Chris Tapper listen to someone speak during as the group discusses racism, voting and policing ahead of a protest at Curtis Hixon Waterfront in Tampa Friday night. [IVY CEBALLO  |  Times]
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  5. A TNT fireworks sits in the parking lot of a Sam's Club on Friday, July 3, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Because of increased demand, safety experts are urging using caution when handling fireworks. [JONAH HINEBAUGH  |  Times]
  6. Jabaar Edmond, during a protest in front of St. Petersburg City Hall June 5. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  7. Jonathon Mckinney, 25, center foreground, and Phillip Downes, 19, far center, both of St. Pete, sat in front of patrol vehicles in front of St. Pete Police Headquarters to protest the killing of George Floyd on May 31, 2020. “Change doesn’t happen with inaction, it happens with action,” Downes said. [JOSH SOLOMON  |  Times]
  8. Kristin Javate, 18, from St. Pete, hold a painting of George Floyd that she made last night as protesters march from City Hall to the Old Northeast on Thursday, June 11, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Also marching with Kristin was her mother, Vanessa Javate, 51. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  9. There was a harrowing altercation between a driver and protesters during Saturday evening's march. One protester was taken into custody and a driver who tried to go through the crowd was allowed to leave by police. [Restorative Justice Coalition]
  10. A group of healthcare workers gathered on a sidewalk near Northside Hospital to share their stories, display their signs, and voice their demands. [MARGO SNIPE | Tampa Bay Times]
  11. Protesters take a break from marching at the roundabout on Central Ave. on Friday, June 19, 2020 in St. Petersburg. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  12. A framed American flag and phrase is pictured on a building front on the corner of East Union Street and Palmetto Street on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Jacksonville.

 [IVY CEBALLO  |  Times]
  13. Local artist, Cheryl "Jujmo" Weber of Tampa paints her assigned letter "B" in the new Black Lives Matter street mural in front of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Ave. South in St. Petersburg on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Woodson Museum executive director, Terri Lipsey-Scott contacted St. Petersburg City Council member, Lisa Wheeler-Bowman with the idea who in turn contacted Wayne Atherholt with the city’s Cultural Affairs department who also liked the idea. Atherholt contact John Collins with the St Pete Artist Alliance which runs the Shine Mural project and got his team working to find artists willing to participate. 16 artists are responsible for painting 1 letter each of the phrase.  The mural will be ready when the city of St Pete kicks of its Juneteenth celebrations on Friday morning. [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times]
  14. About a dozen long-term care workers and members of the stateÕs largest healthcare union, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East lead a vigil to mourn the deaths of more than 1,500 nursing home patients and caregivers  on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in Tampa. Members placed hundreds of flowers near the steps of the 	Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse in honor of those they have lost. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  15. April Griffin poses with volunteers for her campaign. [Twitter]
  16. Omali Yeshitela, founder of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, speaks at press conference in front of a local Bank of America branch. [MARGO SNIPE | Tampa Bay Times]
  17. Artwork and signatures cover a fence around the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
  18. Cindy West, 36, protests in Tampa for unemployment benefit rights with her daughter and her partner’s daughter. [MARGO SNIPE | Tampa Bay Times]