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Rebecca Woolington - Investigative reporter

Investigative reporter

I joined the investigative team at the Times in 2018 to cover the environment and climate change. I’m a native Oregonian, who spent eight years working at my hometown paper in Portland before coming to Florida. I’m passionate about holding the powerful accountable, bringing wrongdoing to light and listening to people who have been overlooked.

  1. An aerial view of the Gopher Resource on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Tampa.
  2. A collage of videos and images from inside Gopher Resource.
  3. Photos taken by workers at Gopher Resource in Tampa show a factory plagued with problems.
  4. El polvo cubre la maquinaria en 2014, el mismo año en que OSHA inspeccionó la fábrica por última vez en busca de problemas de plomo.
  5. Gopher Resource is seen on Tuesday in Tampa. On Monday regulators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration began inspecting at the company.
  6. A worker inside Gopher Resource passes through a cloud of dust laced with the neurotoxin lead. The factory recycles 50,000 used car batteries a day. It is the only factory of its kind in Florida.
  7. A worker inside Gopher Resource passes through a cloud of dust laced with the neurotoxin lead. The factory recycles 50,000 used car batteries a day. It is the only factory of its kind in Florida.
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    Un trabajador dentro de Gopher Resource atraviesa una nube de polvo mezclada con la neurotoxina de plomo. La fábrica recicla 50,000 baterías de automóviles usadas al día. Es la única fábrica de este tipo en Florida.
  9. Dust covers machinery in 2014, the same year that OSHA last inspected the factory for lead issues.
  10. A worker inside Gopher Resource passes through a cloud of dust laced with the neurotoxin lead. The factory recycles 50,000 used car batteries a day. It is the only factory of its kind in Florida.
  11. A worker inside Gopher Resource passes through a cloud of dust laced with the neurotoxin lead. The factory recycles 50,000 used car batteries a day. It is the only factory of its kind in Florida.
  12. Dr. Eric Pantaleon, right, was part of a team that won a no-bid contract to test Floridians for COVID-19. The state severed ties with him last week after the Tampa Bay Times asked questions about his history.
  13. A client is tested for the coronavirus by RN Amy Streicher, right, Florida Department of Health on April 27 at the Childs Park Recreation Center, St. Petersburg.
  14. A patient is transported by ambulance from the Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 7800 Liberty Lane, on April 17 in Seminole.
  15. Iliana Medina, 26, a medical lab technician with Advent Health, works on a non-coronavirus sample at the Microbiology Department on March 18 in Tampa.
  16. A client drives through the Childs Park Recreation Center parking lot on April 27 in St. Petersburg, as they received their coronavirus test.
  17. Iliana Medina, 26, a medical lab technician with Advent Health, holds the devices used to test for a coronavirus (COVID-19) sample at the Microbiology Department on March 18 in Tampa. AdventHealth in Tampa has begun testing for COVID-19, better know as coronavirus.
  18. Registered nurse Robert Atchison cares for a COVID-19 patient recently in the intensive care unit at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers. "We're saving everyone we can," Atchison said.
  19. A Clearwater Police officer cruises Clearwater Beach while enforcing social distancing guidelines as Pinellas County beaches are opened to the public on May 4.
  20. A client is tested for the coronavirus by RN Kathy Hudson, right, Florida Department of Health on April 27 at the Childs Park Recreation Center, St. Petersburg.
  21. A client drives through the Childs Park Recreation Center parking lot April 27 St. Petersburg, as they received their coronavirus test. The tests were administered by the Florida Department of Health, Pinellas County, in cooperation with the City of St. Petersburg.
  22. John Foss a nurse with the Pinellas County School Board prepares to administer a COVID-19 test to a local resident during a free drive-up and walk-up testing site coordinated by the Florida Department of Health Pinellas County on Saturday May 2, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  23. Mark Thompson, of Clearwater, prepares to administer a COVID-19 viral test on May 6 at Community Health Centers of Pinellas, 707 East Druid Road, in Clearwater where Pinellas County began COVID-19 testing.