Charlie Frago, Tampa City Hall Reporter

Charlie Frago

Tampa City Hall Reporter

I joined the Times in 2013 after working for newspapers and wire services in Chicago, Greensboro, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark. I've covered Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater and developed an interest in all things municipal, from zoning to sewage. I have a bachelor's degree in history from Grinnell College in Iowa and masters' degrees in history and journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University. I've covered murders, prisons and congressional races alike in more than two decades as a reporter. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my wife and two children in Clearwater.

Jane Castor taps ex-Nelson aide to help Tampa strategize

Marley Wilkes has been named director of strategic initiatives for Mayor Jane Castor.
Marley Wilkes has worked in Florida politics for two decades. She was named director of strategic initiatives on Thursday.

He botched the St. Pete July 4th fireworks last year. This year, he's putting on Tampa's show

Although St Petersburg’s fireworks were cancelled last year and Tampa’s were cut short, Clearwater residents were treated to a full show.
E.J. Weppel's new company, Angry Unicorn, will handle Mayor Jane Castor's signature new 4th of July event. Last year, St. Petersburg refused to pay his other company, Creative Pyrotechnics, after...

Cuban Ambassador to US will meet with Rick Kriseman. But Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and City Council chairman Luis Viera pass.

BRONTE WITTPENN | TimesSt. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will meet with the Cuban ambassador to the United States later this month. But Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and City Council chairman Luis Viera won't.
Castors spokeswoman cited prior commitments.' Viera said he supports engagement, but doesnt want to meet with Jos Ramn Cabaas Rodrguez when the high-ranking Cuban official visits between June

City of Tampa taking over troubled July 4 fireworks show

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The $150,000 price tag will be paid by private donations raised by Mayor Jane Castor's spokeswoman and a few others. Shows the last two years have been busts.

Tampa City Council to Jane Castor: Tell us more about the bodies under Water Street

Council member Joe Citro during a city council meeting Thursday at City Hall. Citro led the effort to get more answers about human remains found last year at the $3 billion Water Street Tampa project. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times ]
Council members on Thursday voted to have city staff report in July about efforts to properly identify human remains found by archeologists beneath the $3 billion project.