Rachel West - Sports Multimedia Producer

Sports Multimedia Producer

I can’t throw a football like Tom Brady, shoot a slapshot like Steven Stamkos or run down a fly ball like Kevin Kiermaier, but I’d put my love of sports up against theirs any day. Do my friends specifically wait to contact me until after a game ends? Maybe. I spent a lot of my life on a softball field, having played for 15 years. After growing up in Sarasota, I went to the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and have had the opportunity to work for both the Rays and Lightning broadcast teams. Now, working for the Tampa Bay Times, I feel like I get the best of all worlds covering all the area teams. Outside of work, Bachelor Mondays are sacred (Please don’t judge.) I’m always on the hunt for the best chicken tenders in town, but I’ve yet to find any that disappoint. I also love country music and have attended more than my fair share of concerts, where I’ve learned that I can’t sing like Luke Bryan either.

  1. Fans line up to meet Rays outfielder Brett Phillips before a recent game at Tropicana Field.
  2. After winning the gold medal in the 800m and 1500m freestyle, Clearwater native Bobby Finke returned home to visit with friends, family, fans, and even a seahorse who shares his name.
  3. The Bucs continue to grow the sport of flag football for female athletes with their third annual preseason classic featuring nearly 50 teams that represent 13 different counties. Feb. 25, 2021
  4. The NFL teamed up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the week leading up to Super Bowl 55 to surprise and thank service members at MacDill Air Force Base.
  5. Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) chases Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Brett Phillips (14) as they celebrate Phillips walk off single for the the 8-7 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 in Arlington, TX.
  6. A fan waves a Cnadian flag while watching the Toronto Raptors compete against the Miami Heat during a preseason game Friday at Amalie Arena  in Tampa.
  7. The Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House is in the final stretch of raising the funds necessary to complete the remaining exhibits and open to the public.