Anastasia Dawson, Hillsborough Commission and General Assignment Reporter

Anastasia Dawson

Hillsborough Commission and General Assignment Reporter

I’m an east Hillsborough County native whose ancestors were among the first settlers in the community of Dover. My parents built their home on an old family orange grove, sandwiched between my grandparents’ home (where my mother grew up) and a 100-year-old house built by my great, great grandparents. Still, I couldn’t resist my big city dreams, so after earning my journalism degree from the University of South Florida I moved to bustling Riverview. A two-week internship at the Tampa Tribune turned into three years of covering education in both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. In 2016 I joined the Times as a general assignment reporter in Tampa, which often means running into family, friends and former classmates while out gathering the news. A majority of those stories involve our local criminal justice system.

Woman, 76, struck and killed by distracted driver in Walmart parking lot, troopers say

The storefront of the Walmart Supercenter located at 19910 Bruce B. Downs Road in Tampa. [Times files (2017)]
Carol Wangberg Bradley was walking in a crosswalk outside the Palm Harbor store.

20-year-old man shot by Clearwater police officer
The shooting occurred at about 7:15 p.m. after the officer responded to a call about a disturbance at 1008 LaSalle Steet, polcie said.

St. Pete grandfather drowns while rescuing grandson from high surf off Madeira Beach, deputies say
Witnesses said Osman Pehlivanovic, 71, was trying to help his 12-year-old grandson back to shore when he became unresponsive, deputies said.

Armed employee fatally shoots car thief in Sun City Center rampage, deputies say

An armed man who tried to steal several vehicles on Tuesday was shot and killed in a confrontation with an armed bystander outside a Publix supermarket in Sun City Center, deputies said. [DAN SULLIVAN   |   Times]
The car thief tried to steal several vehicles before he was fatally shot, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Hurricane 2019: The gear you need to stay safe and comfortable for the storm

A basic hurricane kit from Bill Jackson's sporting goods in Pinellas Park.  Items in photo include: Large tote carrier or ice chest, center, portable camping stove with cooking set and utensils, center, Portable fresh water container, front left, batteries, multiple sizes, front left, Insect Repellent, bottom center, flashlight, bottom, center, battery-operated lantern, front, right, solar powered charger/charges electronic items using small solar panels, bottom right, freeze-dried food kit, various foods, center left, rain poncho, center right, sleeping bag, center right, pillow, back left, portable fan that charges electronic items, back right, water purification unit and water bottle/mister, water purification tablets and waterproof matches/Lighter, top of cooler, left, battery operated/chargeable  portable radio/Walkie Talkie and Weather Radio and First Aid Kit, top of cooler, right. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
What do you need besides batteries and water? We asked around for you.