Monique Welch - Digital and Engagement Producer

Digital and Engagement Producer

Since I joined the Tampa Bay Times in 2017, I have always loved writing about unique people and stories within diverse communities around Tampa Bay that typically get overlooked by media outlets. It is my passion to bring such stories, and specifically those within the African American community to the limelight. That passion extends to the world of sports where I incorporate my previous experience as a college athlete to tell stories about the culture and experience of our Tampa Bay area sports teams. But, I tell those stories a little bit differently by engaging audiences either through an online story or on-camera through many of the Times’ social media accounts like Instagram and Facebook. You might also be familiar with my alter-ego, “Dr. Delay” who listens to the many traffic complaints and pet peeves from our readers regarding Tampa Bay’s highways and byways, and addresses them in a weekly column. If that’s not enough, you can hear me deliver local news weekly on iheartradio’s 95.7 The Beat and occasionally on the Times’ Flash Briefing channel on your Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices. Like many here, I’m not a Floridian, but a proud Baltimore native who will side-eye you if you don’t use Old Bay seasoning on your seafood.

  1. Luis Espel, 22, uses the Cass Street bike lane to commute to work in Tampa. Times (2019)
  2. Word spread on social media claiming NASA said that Monday was the only day that a broom could stand upright on its own due to the earth's gravitational pull. But NASA never confirmed this.
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  5. One reader wrote to Dr. Delay suggesting the state post more signs that read: "Slower traffic keep right" on the highways to ease traffic stacking up in the left lane. (Times)
  6. Local Tampa artist, Nathan Mitchell, plays the piano in his home studio in Brandon. Mitchell is among five artists nominated for "Outstanding Jazz Album" for the 51st NAACP Image Awards that will air live on Feb. 22 on BET.
  7. Typically, the quickest solution is to temporarily patch potholes to make a road drivable for the day-to-day commute until it can be repaired long-term. [Times]
  8. Old Bay released its new, limited edition hot sauce Wednesday and sold out online within an hour.
  9. A 24-year-old Tampa resident blows a .10 while taking a Tampa Bay Times administered breathalyzer test while attending Gasparilla parade of pirates on Saturday in Tampa.
  10. A look at the construction on the Tierra Verde bridge project which is the bridge between Isla Del Sol and Tierra Verde islands on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in St. Petersburg. The project began in December 2018 and is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2021.
  11. Residents and commuters are complaining about heavy traffic ever since the Florida Department of Transportation closed both northbound lanes on Nebraska Avenue just south of Hillsborough Avenue (U.S. 92) in Tampa on Jan. 6, to install new drainage pipes under Nebraska Avenue between Giddens Avenue and Hillsborough Avenue.
  12. Readers question who determines how long a traffic light will remain either red or green and what factors go into that decision in the latest Dr. Delay.
  13. The U.S. Mint revealed its latest design of its America the Beautiful Quarter program featuring the Samoan fruit bat in honor of the National Park of American Samoa. [U.S. Mint]
  14. Kris Rotonda, the founder of Jordan's Way charity, snaps a selfie on night two of his 10-night stay with a dog that was previously up for adoption at the Humane Society of Pasco County.
  15. As of Jan. 1, texting while driving is a primary offense, and the Florida Highway Patrol will join other law enforcement agencies in writing ticket. But does that include dialing *347 or reporting amber or silver alerts?
  16. Rome Nardin, a 12-year old 6th grade student at Navigator Academy of Leadership, is pictured playing his self-designed video game, "Please Listen" which caters to visually impaired kids.
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  19. Our top 10 most-read online stories of 2019 include everything from the Florida Man Challenge to an ethics debate about catching a massive swordfish, and a flesh-eating bacteria outbreak.
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  22. A car with severe front end damage from a presumed hit-and-run crash that occurred at the Coquina Key Shopping Plaza just outside the Cabana Sands nightclub sits idle early Thursday after police investigate it and a shooting that followed. Police were not saying if the two incidents are related Thursday afternoon.
  23. One Wesley Chapel reader thinks the "No Turn On Red' restriction at the Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and SR 54 intersection should be removed.