As the Tampa Bay Times metro editor, I oversee more than three dozen talented reporters and editors covering our metro area on topics ranging from education, health, environment, law enforcement, courts, economy & growth, politics and local government. This bustling region of more than 3 million has changed dramatically since I covered it more than a decade ago as a growth and development reporter. Back then, our local economy was so badly shaken by the Great Recession, it would have been difficult to imagine the teeming downtowns and rising property values of today. I grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland and moved to the Sunshine State to attend the University of Florida. Since then, I’ve called Lakeland, West Palm Beach, Tampa, and Tallahassee home. I'm now in St. Petersburg, where I live with my wife, Kat, son Robert, and beagle Susan.