Rose Wong - Mental health reporter

Mental health reporter

As a 2021 Report for America fellow, I cover health care with a focus on mental health. As a cancer survivor, I have seen firsthand the complexities of life as a patient in the American health care system, thereby developing an interest in contributing clarity and justice through health journalism. I graduated from Duke University, where I served as senior editor for The Duke Chronicle and wrote extensively about the university's failing student health center. I have no single hometown — I grew up in Canada, Hong Kong, and the suburbs of Detroit. Beach sunsets, fish tacos, and a wonderful internship experience at the Times have brought me to my new home. I'm excited to listen and tell your stories, Tampa Bay.

  1. Jennifer Loyless, holds her daughter, Avery, 12, as she prepares to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile site in West Palm Beach on May 14.
  2. Early July 2021 saw a week-to-week growth rate that's the highest Florida has seen since the first wave of COVID-19 infections in June 2020, around when Daniela St. Gerard (above) was conducting COVID-19 tests in St. Petersburg.
  3. A rendering of the $50 million Hospital of Endocrine Surgery that HCA Healthcare West Florida plans plans to build on the campus of Memorial Hospital of Tampa in December or January.
  4. Teresa Faiello, 52, seen here at her Lithia home, has suffered painful, debilitating migraine headaches since she was a teenager.
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    Michael Morales posa para un retrato en la sala de su casa de Tampa frente a una pared que muestra recuerdos tangibles de su prometido Martín Benítez el jueves 10 de junio de 2021. Benítez fue una de las 49 víctimas que murieron en el Pulse tiroteo masivo en un club nocturno en Orlando hace cinco años.
  6. Survivor Michael Morales, 39, poses for a portrait in the living room of his Tampa home in front of a wall displaying tangible memories of his fiancé Martin Benitez on Thursday. Benitez was one of 49 victims who died in the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando five years ago.
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  8. Daniel Neja faces a burglary charge after police say he somehow got into Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg and lived in a luxury suite for two weeks.
  9. Jose Estevez, 38, walks his 11-mile delivery route through the St. Pete Heights neighborhood on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Despite hundreds of stops, Estevez said, “It’s like I know everyone on this route.”
  10. Sean Michael MuMullen, 30, faces a charge of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
  11. The bus ride to and from school will be the most difficult time of day for students to keep social distance, officials acknowledge. Some new rules will apply this year, including mask-wearing for all.
  12. Someone placed flowers at the St. Petersburg home where Charles Nelson and his wife Janet suffered fatal injuries during a fire Friday. Police say Charles Nelson set the fire.
  13. St. Petersburg police were looking Angela and Alexis Jolley. Mother and daughter, who were last seen at 11:30 PM, on July 22. The women drove out of Florida the next day, and the mother collapsed and died on Wednesday in Nebraska.
  14. Angela, 46, and Alexis, 19, Jolley were seen on camera 6:52 a.m. Thursday, withdrawing and transferring funds at a bank drive-through.
  15. Angela, 46, and Alexis, 19, Jolley were seen on camera 6:52 a.m. Thursday, withdrawing and transferring funds at a bank drive-through.
  16. A commercial fisherman was rescued Thursday by the Coast Guard after his vessel capsized in the Gulf of Mexico 18 miles west of St. Petersburg.
  17. The downtown headquarters of St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Department on July 16.
  18. An armed woman was wounded Wednesday after exchanging gunfire with Largo officers, the agency said. Police personnel investigate the shooting scene near Roosevelt Boulevard and 49th Street N.
  19. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri helped create a new method of investigating use of force incidents by law enforcement officers in the county.
  20. Exterior of Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center: 1000 24th St N, St. Petersburg. Apollo is having a coronavirus outbreak in the facility, and family members have come forward to tell about their loved ones' horrid experiences in the facility which include not showering residents for nine days to leaving fecal matter smeared on the floor.   Family members have also said uncleaned residents are subjected to gross mistreatment and are vulnerable to disease transmission.
  21. A TNT fireworks sits in the parking lot of a Sam's Club on July 3 in St. Petersburg.
  22. Glen Jones, 54, a part-time cook at Punky's poses, Monday, June 29, 2020 outside of the business in St. Petersburg. Jones says he is immune compromised and got a part-time job because he has not received his stimulus check yet.
  23. An unidentified man rides a bicycle past a sign declaring that COVID-19 testing at Tropicana field is closed for the day Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Shortly after opening for the second day of testing in a parking lot of Tropicana Field vehicles were turned away.