Teghan Simonton - Data Reporter, Business and Health

Data Reporter, Business and Health

As a data reporter on the business + health team, I use numbers to bring clarity to the intricate trends shaping life in the Tampa Bay area. Before joining the Times, I earned a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism, where I worked as a grad assistant for Investigative Reporters & Editors. I’ve reported on numerous topics at newspapers around the country before landing here in the Sunshine State, and I’m excited to tell important stories for this region. The daughter of two Air Force veterans, I grew up near bases all over the U.S. and in Europe. When I’m not writing words or code, I love to bake, train for marathons (I’ve done two) and get lost in bookstores.

  1. Keylon Lovett stands near his childhood home, which was abandoned and later sold, on Feb. 14 in St. Petersburg.
  2. Construction continues with more homes being added to the Lennar at Bryant Square subdivision near Bryant Park Drive on Feb. 1 in New Port Richey.
  3. A health care navigator at the University of South Florida helps a consumer learn about coverage options under the Affordable Care Act during an outreach event. More than 4.2 million Floridians signed up for the federal healthcare marketplace for 2024 coverage.
  4. An aerial drone view of homes along Spring Snowflake Avenue owned by Progress Residential LLC pictured on Dec. 3, 2023, in Tampa.
  5. 2093 Carolina Ave. N.E. sold for $9.2 million.
  6. A food pantry at Temple Terrace Elementary in Tampa on Oct. 18. “Food is a necessity. … Housing is a necessity,” USF economist Michael Snipes said. “What’s happening is, inflation is sticking to those two goods, because, simply, you have to have them.”
  7. Owen Gardner Whittaker was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide after a severe crash that killed a bicyclist and a pedestrian
  8. The Howard Frankland Bridge seen under construction from Tampa on Nov. 20.
  9. Enrollment in the federal health care marketplace has been on the rise nationwide since the pandemic, when new subsidies offered expanded coverage options for families above the federal poverty level.
  10. Emma Antunez shops from a food pantry at Temple Terrace Elementary in Tampa on Wednesday.
  11. Oct. 16, 2023• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis shakes hands with supporters after signing up to get on the Republican Presidential Republican Primary ballot at the New Hampshire State House, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, in Concord, N.H.
  12. The average home value for the region has dropped 1.79% since last year, a Tampa Bay Times analysis of Zillow data found.
  13. The U.S. government is facing a shutdown at midnight on Saturday, potentially impacting many Floridians.
  14. The state’s orange yield is set to be 43% lower than expected, based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s final estimate of the season, released in July. Originally set to produce 28 million boxes — at about 90 pounds of oranges per box — Florida is now forecast to provide only 15.8 million.
  15. A faint water line is seen by the back entrance to the Shore Acres home of Dr Meghan Martin. The region experienced severe storm surges and widespread flooding in the wake of Hurricane Idalia this week, despite being more than 100 miles from the eye of the storm.
  16. Damage along Florida's Horseshoe Beach in the Big Bend area after Hurricane Idalia. Hundreds of thousands of Florida residents are without power after Hurricane Idalia swept through parts of Florida on Wednesday
  17. Gina Angelastro of St. Petersburg takes photos of the currently inaccessible boat ramp at Bay Vista Park in St. Petersburg. People came out to the park to see big waves and some light flooding Wednesday morning.
  18. Aug. 21, 2023• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis thanks attendees after the conclusion of his press stop, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, at Iowa River Power Restaurant in Iowa City, Iowa.
  19. Rent is still growing each year — as of June 30, the average rent for the metro area is $2,154 a month. But the cost is now increasing at a rate closer to pre-pandemic levels, rather than skyrocketing every year.
  20. Hackers recently downloaded personal data on 1.2 million Tampa General Hospital patients, one of a spate of recent data breaches of health care providers.