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Monique Welch - Engagement Producer

Engagement Producer

Since I joined the Tampa Bay Times in 2017, it has been my passion to bring unique stories about diverse people and communities that typically get overlooked 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. These stories come alive online and on the Times’ Instagram and Facebook accounts. You may also be familiar with my alter-ego, “Dr. Delay” who makes sense of some of your biggest traffic pet peeves and addresses your complaints about Tampa Bay’s roadways. If that’s not enough, you can hear me deliver a weekly local news segment, “Times on the Beat” on iheartradio’s 95.7 The Beat station. Like many here, I’m not a native Floridian, but a Baltimorean who would proudly put Old Bay seasoning on everything if you let me.

  1. Visitors walk along the 26 acre, $92 million St. Petersburg Pier District, Monday, July 6, 2020 s the pier opened to he public.  [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  2. About 100 people march in downtown Tampa as part of the "Black Lives Matter Pride Protest" in downtown Tampa on Sunday, June 28, 2020. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  3. Jayla El-Amin, 7, joins protest in St. Petersburg Sunday, June 14, 2020. "We wanted them to see what it means to come together and solve problems and speak out against racial injustice, and to learn lessons early so they will be less likely to become victims," said her mother, Kyandra Darling, 27. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  4. Jayla El-Amin, 7, joins protest in St. Petersburg Sunday, June 14, 2020. "We wanted them to see what it means to come together and solve problems and speak out against racial injustice, and to learn lessons early so they will be less likely to become victims," said her mother, Kyandra Darling, 27. [Times]
  5. People show their support for a Black Lives Matter march as it passes Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. For a second day in a row protesters took to the streets of Tampa to protest the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after he was pinned at the neck by a Minneapolis police officer. (Martha Ascencio-Rhine/Tampa Bay Times via AP) [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  AP]
  6. Protesters gather outside of the St. Petersburg Police Department, Sunday, May 31, 2020 to protest the death of  George Floyd in Minneapolis. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  7. St. Petersburg's Second Time Arounders marching band performed virtually after having their entire spring season canceled. [Screenshot from Youtube]
  8. Aaron Murray, 45, from St Petersburg, relaxes in his hammock as he watches the sunrise over the water at North Shore Park on Monday, March 16, 2020 in St. Petersburg. "I try to chase as many as I can, Murray said about watching the sunrise. "It really helps set the tone for the day."  [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  9. Forecasters are expecting a high-impact thunderstorm with lightning and strong winds in Tampa Bay until 6 p.m. Saturday. [National Weather Service Tampa Bay]
  10. A puddle of rainwater forms on Gulf Way at Pass-a-Grille beach Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to remain cool through Thursday, then start warming Friday before another cold front comes next week. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  11. A Dunedin reader tells Dr. Delay that the Bass Boulevard and Main Street intersection has a "potentially deadly crosswalk." He and his wife were nearly run over, he said. [Google Maps]
  12. Speed limit signs set for 30 miles per hour are posted along Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa. [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  BOYZELL HOSEY   |   Times]
  13. Traffic is seen along U.S. 19 in Pinellas Park Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO   |  Times]
  14. A rendering shows the new 236-unit, luxury apartment complex, The Icaria on Pinellas, going up on the property adjacent to the Winn Dixie at the Meres Boulevard and Pinellas Avenue (Alt. 19) intersection. Construction began in the fall of 2019 and is expected to complete this summer, but residents aren't excited about the additional traffic it will bring. [DDA Development]
  15. The deteriorated 40th Avenue Northeast Bridge, St. Petersburg, will be rebuilt and raised by the city. Boaters will be able to navigate under the bridge at high tides after the work is completed. The view is looking south on Placido Bayou. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  16. Workers are seen at West Platt Street and South Dakota Avenue along the railroad tracks in Tampa Thursday. This week, CSX Transportation has been working on railroad crossings in South Tampa, frustrating local drivers. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  17. Road closure and detour signs posted on S Howard Avenue at W De Leon Street, one of many South Tampa rail road crossings city officials said CSX Transportation closed without warning on Wednesday to perform routine maintenance. [Courtesy of Mary Estes]
  18. The Old Coachman Road and NE Coachman Road intersection will be widened to accommodate traffic and ease congestion by this June. [Google Maps]
  19. Luis Espel, 22, uses the Cass Street bike lane to commute to work in Tampa. Times (2019)
  20. 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. [Twitter]
  21. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. [Times]
  22. 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) [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]