Mari Faiello - Engagement Producer

Engagement Producer

As a Tampa native and aspiring journalist, I dreamed of working for my hometown newspaper. I started attending the University of Florida in 2016 before joining the staff at the Independent Florida Alligator as a sports copy editor in 2017. My undergraduate journey brought me back home for a pair of internships at the Times in 2019 and 2020 before I was hired full-time that spring. I spent two years working in our sports department before transitioning to our engagement team, a vital group that brings our readers and our community closer to our newsroom’s work through our various social platforms. When I’m not helping curate content on Twitter or Instagram, I’m more than likely making a Starbucks run (or two, because there’s no such thing as too much caffeine) with my four-legged pal, Thor, or I’m nose-deep in a good book, hopefully on a rainy day.

  1. A piece of strawberry shortcake sits on a picnic table overlooking a field of strawberries at Berry Barn in Dover.
  2. Tampa Bay Times staffer Mari Faiello makes pizzelle every Christmas with her grandmother. They use a family recipe for the popular Italian waffle cookies.
  3. Jade Carey performs on the floor exercise during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus final at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Carey will be in Tampa this week for the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.
  4. Darry Jackson, center, discusses a Stingray paddleboard with his staff, at right, during a visit with the board's creator, Rich Allen, left, in 2021 at Bill Jackson's Shop for Adventure in Pinellas Park. The store has seen its its kayak and SUP sales skyrocket since the start of the pandemic.
  5. Robert Rayle, left, instructs Times sports multimedia producer Rachel West, center, and reporter Mari Faiello, back, near Tampa Bay SUP.
  6. Brett Phillips hits an RBI single to right during the eighth inning of Saturday's game against the Cleveland Guardians at Tropicana Field.
  7. Lexi Thompson hits a shot during the 2021 Pelican Women's Championship at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair.
  8. Riders race around the newly remodeled Oldsmar BMX track during the grand reopening Friday in Oldsmar.
  9. Barb Underhill, right, instructs players during the Lightning's prospect development camp last week at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon. Underhill has worked with the Lightning for 12 years.
  10. A rendering of Rogers Park's short course in Tampa, which is expected to open this fall. The course features nine holes and is currently under construction. [Courtesy of Gary Koch]
  11. Forward Gage Goncalves is coming off his first season with AHL Syracuse, where he scored 32 points (17 goals) in 70 games.
  12. Lightning forward Grant Mismash works on the ice during drills at development camp earlier this week.
  13. Lightning center Anthony Cirelli, left, chases down the lose puck during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final vs. the Avalanche.
  14. Lightning prospect Jack Finley, drafted in 2020, goes through drills at Monday's development camp. He is expected to move up to the AHL's Crunch soon.
  15. Jeff Blashill, center top, coached the Red Wings until the end of this season. The man Blashill replaces with the Lightning, Derek Lalonde, is now the head guy in Detroit.
  16. Nick Malik makes a save during the IIHF World Junior Championship game between the Czech Republic and Sweden in 2020 in Edmonton. The Lightning selected Malik in the fifth round of the 2022 NHL draft.
  17. The Lightning traded up into the third round of the NHL draft to take right wing Lucas Edmonds of Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League. [Courtesy of Tampa Bay Lightning ]
  18. Forward Isaac Howard was the Lightning's first, first-round pick in the NHL draft since they took Nolan Foote 27th overall in 2019.
  19. Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois finished second in voting for the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award for the second time in three seasons.
  20. Lightning prospect Gabriel Fortier (82) celebrates with teammates after scoring during a preseason game against the Carolina Hurricanes in October in Tampa.
  21. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88), front, and center Steven Stamkos (91) lead players on to the ice for warmups before Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final against the Avalanche in Denver. Tampa Bay will play Colorado Feb. 9 at Amalie Arena.
  22. Ryan McDonagh had been with the Lightning since February 2018, coming to Tampa Bay in a trade with the Rangers.
  23. Forward Nick Paul and the Lightning are closing in on a multiyear agreement, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Thursday night, citing sources.