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Olivia George - Tampa Reporter

Tampa Reporter

Born and raised in London, U.K., I’m still adjusting 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 previously wrote about transportation issues across Tampa Bay. Now I cover Tampa's government and people. My job is to bring wrongdoing to light and help you understand how this city works. I'm also interested in quirky characters and the unsung heroes who make Tampa tick. I graduated from Brown University in 2022, 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. Tim Burke, center, and his attorney Michael Maddux speak to reporters after a hearing at the U.S. District Courthouse in Tampa on Thursday. Burke's wife, Tampa City Council member Lynn Hurtak, is at left.
  2. Media figure Tim Burke, at center, his wife, Tampa City Council member Lynn Hurtak and attorney Michael Maddux exit the federal court in Tampa on Thursday after Burke was charged with 14 counts related to conspiracy and accessing and disseminating unauthorized electronic files.
  3. The Tampa Housing Authority broke ground Thursday on two towers that will add 188 affordable units to the West River project.
  4. Dixon, who joined the fire department in April 2021, said he found a defaced photograph of himself in his locker at Tampa's Station 13, one of the city's busiest and location north of Busch Boulevard.
  5. Rufus Lewis, one of the Fearless Four Black Tampa Police Department officers who filed a federal discrimination complaint against the city in 1974 and won, at his Tampa home Feb. 1. “To not be paid your fair share when you’ve served your community and are celebrated by your community?” he said. “That’s heartbreaking.”
  6. The Tampa City Council heard from members of the public Thursday who expressed anger at a racial comment board member Alan Clendenin made at a meeting a week ago that he said was meant as a joke but that didn't land so well.
  7. People gather at The Portico during a memorial Monday for 110 people who died while experiencing homelessness in Tampa this past year.
  8. A spokesperson for the family confirmed the divorce will not impact the ownership or day-to-day operations of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
  9. Days after two people, including a 14-year-old boy, were fatally shot in Tampa’s historic Ybor City neighborhood last October, Mayor Jane Castor and some other officials voiced support for a juvenile curfew.
  10. Since 2013, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority has prohibited religious advertising because of its “interests in ensuring safe and reliable transportation services."
  11. First violations of the proposed curfew will result in a written warning. Subsequent violations are a civil infraction and carry a fine of $50 each.
  12. Candida Santiago waves to co-workers at the Brightline West Palm Beach station before continuing south in December.
  13. Young Middle Magnet will be among the first schools in the city to see speed cameras installed nearby.
  14. The report was mandated by Florida lawmakers during the 2023 legislative session in the wake of the controversy that led to the departure of former HART CEO Adelee Le Grand.
  15. The Citizens Review Board was formed in 2015 under former Mayor Bob Buckhorn after a Times investigation revealed that Tampa police were disproportionately ticketing Black bicyclists.
  16. Mayor Jane Castor listens to a question during a press conference in Tampa in July. A review of city records by the Tampa Bay Times found that most of the homes the mayor is counting toward her stated goal of adding 10,000 affordable homes to the city's inventory by the end of 2027 remain aspirational.
  17. Five mornings a week, volunteers hand out lunches at St. Andrew’s Episcopal in downtown Tampa, their antidote to an epidemic of homelessness sweeping this American city and so many others.
  18. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver died of a rare variety of bacterial sepsis stemming from tooth decay, according to an initial case summary report from the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner Office.
  19. A double rainbow is seen from Ybor City in Tampa on Nov. 13.
  20. Storekeeper Brad Ryan loads sandbags into a vehicle at a distribution center on Saturday in St. Petersburg. It should be wet and wild around Tampa Bay starting later today.
  21. Gwen Henderson says she became a bookseller to honor her great-great-grandfather, who was born into slavery and died unable to read and write.
  22. “We certainly have more than enough transportation needs for that funding," Tampa Mayor Jane Castor told the Times on Tuesday.
  23. A vehicle drives on a street with an abundance of cracks near the intersection of North Franklin Street and East Oak Avenue on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, in Tampa.