Thomas C. Tobin - Assistant Metro Editor/education, health and medicine

Assistant Metro Editor/education, health and medicine

No one is luckier than I am. As an assistant metro editor, I practice journalism every day with a talented team of writers who cover news about education, health and transportation. A mix of veterans and newer faces, they bring a passion to their work that makes me proud and helps keep our community better informed. I was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., but Tampa Bay and I go way back. When I got here in the late 1980s, our state was just coming into its own as the economic, political and cultural powerhouse it is today. Since then I've covered local and state government, legal issues and education. I have traveled across Florida as the Times state reporter and even delved into the world of Scientology. Each day I learn from people. Reach out and tell me something.

  1. Students from Curlew Creek Elementary in Palm Harbor attend the school's Veterans Day program in 2016. The Pinellas County school system remains open for the holiday.
    Some campuses in the Tampa Bay area have no classes on the national holiday to honor U.S. military veterans, while others stay open.
  2. Check for the latest breaking news and updates.
    He was identified at Matthew Eelman, who had last been seen around 1 a.m. Thursday.
  3. Students make their way to new classrooms on March 18, 2019 at Melrose Elementary, which received $26 million in improvements recently. The school is home to the Center for Communications, Journalism & Multimedia Studies, which will welcome families for a Discovery Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
    News and notes about K-12 schools and colleges in Pinellas County.
  4. School Search is a guide for families with children entering kindergarten, middle or high school who want to explore options beyond their zoned public school.
    Helping you explore education options in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties.
  5. In preparation for 2020-21, area schools are already hosting information fairs, open house events and tours. After that, it’s time to apply.
    From magnets and career academies to charters and private schools, the options are expanding for families in Tampa Bay.
  6. Children and parents attend a Discovery Night last year at the Gulfport Elementary Montessori program. Discovery Nights, as well as upcoming Choice Fairs at three Pinellas County high schools, are where families can learn about nearly 80 special programs offered by the school system for the 2020-21 academic year.
    News and notes about K-12 schools and colleges in Pinellas County.
  7. Fifty-two percent of Americans support a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes with fruit and other flavors, according to new Kaiser Family Foundation poll.
    But a smaller percentage supports banning all forms of the product. Most younger adults oppose both ideas.
  8. The Tampa Bay Times' annual Medicare Guide explains how the program is set up, helps you compare options available in the Tampa Bay area, and points the way toward help, including free, one-on-one assistance. This illustration will grace the cover of LifeTimes on Oct. 23, when the guide will be published in print.
    As the open enrollment period begins, it’s time to review your coverage.
  9. Clearwater Police said Conner Hall, 19, of Safety Harbor, was arrested early Saturday after a wrong-way crash on the Courtney Campbell Causeway.
    The early morning accident involved four vehicles.
  10. The Pinellas School Board recognized James Krull as the district's bus Driver of the Year at its meeting Tuesday. From left are board members Bill Dudley, Eileen Long, Carol Cook, Rene Flowers, Krull, and board members Nicole Carr, Joanne Lentino and Lisa Cane.
    News and notes about K-12 schools and colleges in Pinellas County.