Octavio Jones - Photographer


My hometown is Washington, D.C., though I also call North Carolina my second one as well. I began my journey in journalism by freelancing at two weekly newspapers, Que Pasa Noticias (News) and the Triangle Tribune in the Raleigh-Durham area while working full-time as a Human Resources Specialist. Prior to arriving at the Tampa Bay Times in 2011 I’ve held internships at the The Herald Sun, The Florida Times-Union and was a staff photojournalist at The Fayetteville Observer.

  1. Officer Trevarris Saulsberry stands at attention Tuesday at Tampa Police Headquarters during a memorial ceremony for Detective Joe Nance, who died 80 years ago in the line of duty.
    Joe Nance, 57, an 18-year veteran, died from injuries he received in a car accident near Lakeland.
  2. Tampa Police Officer Bonnie Donnelly, left, along with Cindy Roberts and Adam Roberts attend a memorial service Monday for Cpl. Mike Roberts, shot to death 10 years ago. Roberts was the husband of Cindy and father of Adam. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  3. Russell Stanley Jr, 10, is the first student who arrived in Emili Colon 's fourth grade classroom on the first day of school at Sheehy Elementary School in Tampa. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
  4. Thaddeus Bullard, also known as WWE wrestler Titus O’Neil, greets 11-year-old Brogan Paul of Lakeland at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Carrollwood on Sunday, August 4, 2019. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
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  6. The Clearwater Police Department said Bryan Bernard Wallace, 39, of Clearwater, was shot by police Saturday near the residence at 1008 LaSalle St. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  7. Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum gives a campaign speech at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, on Thursday, October 25, 2018. (Octavio Jones, Times)
  8. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times Former Vice-President Joe Biden gives a speech to a packed gymnasium while Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum, left, and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson looks on during the Florida Democratic Party rally held at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida on Monday, October 22, 2018.
  9. Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum speaks to a packed music center during a town hall at St. Petersburg College. (Octavio Jones, Times)
  10. President Donald Trump arrives at Signature Flight Support to speak at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Convention held in Orlando. (Octavio Jones, Times)