Olivia George - Tourism and Transportation Reporter

Tourism and Transportation Reporter

I’m a business reporter covering transportation and tourism in Tampa Bay, focusing on the infrastructure and people who help keep this region moving. Born and raised in London, U.K., I’m struggling to adjust to the heat and humidity of Florida. But I’m thrilled to be here and committed to telling stories that keep power in check and amplify the voices and experiences of this community, my new home. I attended Brown University, where I won scholarships from the Overseas Press Club Foundation and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Have a question or story idea? Let’s chat. I’m here to listen and learn.

  1. Council members listen to David Smith, agency attorney, speak during a board meeting at the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority Headquarters on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, in Tampa.
  2. Jerry Mills, 50, left, and Charity Barr, 42, right, share a kiss while waiting for a bus at the HART Transit Center in downtown Tampa on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. The union representing hundreds of Hillsborough County’s transportation agency employees is demanding the resignation of the CEO as allegations of mismanagement and a poor workplace environment boil.
  3. A 40-year-old man behind the wheel of a sedan hit and killed a pedestrian while travelling northbound on Haines Road North, approaching 58th Avenue North, Saturday evening.
  4. The shooting occurred at an apartment complex on 58th Street North. Pinellas Sherriff Bob Gualtieri said the information provided at the press conference was based on preliminary findings, adding: “Everything is subject to change based on additional witness interviews, interviews with the officers, physical evidence that we find at the scene, etc.”
  5. Just after 10 p.m. Deonte Bishop was driving northbound along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street South.
  6. An aerial view looking south on Interstate 275 towards Interstate 4 and downtown Tampa from just south of the Hillsborough Avenue exit in Tampa on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 in Tampa.
  7. The announcement came a week after it was revealed the agency’s fourth-highest paid staffer was simultaneously working for a Louisiana public transit agency.
  8. Road traffic victims, their families and safety advocates convened on World Day of Remembrance to honor and remember those who have died and been injured from traffic violence on Sunday in Treasure Island.
  9. Passengers wait to get on a bus at the HART Transit Center in downtown Tampa on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
  10. A passenger walks toward a bus at the HART Transit Center in downtown Tampa on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. A senior employee at Hillsborough County’s transit agency was working a second full-time job for a Louisiana transit agency since April, according to public records.
  11. The X-37B orbital test vehicle concluded its sixth successful mission early Saturday.
  12. Police are investigating a shooting in Tampa's Grand Park neighborhood.
  13. The entrance to the Pinellas County Jail complex in Clearwater, where an inmate was found dead early Sunday morning.
  14. The air traffic control tower seen at Tampa International Airport on Friday, September 10, 2021.
  15. Planes from several airlines are pictured on the tarmac at Tampa International Airport, Monday, April 4, 2022 in Tampa.
  16. A passenger walks toward a bus at the HART Transit Center in downtown Tampa in July. Hillsborough County had asked voters if they would approve a 1% sales tax over the next 30 years to help fund transit and road improvements. The ballot failed, with 51.3% of voters saying no.
  17. “The right to vote is still ours,” the Rev. Kenneth Irby said during Sunday service. Beside him, a sign read: Let My People Vote. “But having the right and acting on it are two very different things.”
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  19. El fundador y presidente de Virgin Atlantic, Sir Richard Branson, saluda a la multitud, luego de que un avión aterrizara en el Aeropuerto Internacional de Tampa el miércoles, 2 de noviembre de 2022, en Tampa.
  20. Virgin Atlantic founder and president Sir Richard Branson greets the crowd, after an airplane lands at Tampa International Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, in Tampa.
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  22. Eager riders watch as the bus approaches at the first stop on the maiden voyage of the SunRunner at the University Student Center bus stop, 6th Ave S and 3rd St S, on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 in St. Petersburg. The SunRunner, the new bus line run by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), started service at 6am Friday morning.
  23. Connie Cosme, 57, of Carrollwood, operates a streetcar on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in Tampa. Cosme has worked for the TECO Line Streetcar System since its inception.

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