Bill Varian, Assistant Metro Editor

Bill Varian

Assistant Metro Editor

Officially, I am the assistant metro editor/economy & growth. Feel free to just call me the business editor. I supervise a team of reporters who write about everything from real estate to retail and seek to explain how what happens behind the counter affects you in front of it. Before editing, I wrote about Hillsborough County government and politics for the Times after reporting gigs in Tallahassee, Augusta, Ga. and Burlington, N.C. I’m a fourth-generation newsman. In my off time, it’s a good day if I’m in my kayak, a redfish on the end of my line. At home, I’m known as Grand-Dude. Hit me at

Tampa Bay Times recognized with Sunshine State Awards

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
The Times takes several first-place awards in the annual competition with Florida news organizations.

How much do you think Floridians spend on the lottery each year?

An employee prints 10,000 lottery tickets for a customer’s lottery club at Ybor Metro Market on October 23, 2018 in Tampa. To print the $20,000 worth of tickets takes the employees about 5 hours.
It’s more than the national average, but residents of other states spend a lot more.

‘Hi, this is Mayor Jane Castor’

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times]
The new mayor makes it airport official on Thursday, recording the greeting played on shuttle rides at Tampa International.

Times’ journalists honored with National Headliner Awards

Jay Cridlin. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Feature writing, investigative reporting, photography and online presentation are recognized.

Tampa Bay’s Top 100 workplaces

Tampa's Top 100 Workplaces 2019
A ranking of the best places to work in the region, according to their employees.