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.

Final debate in Tampa mayorís race canceled at last minute

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WTMP, the lead organizer for the debate, cited weather as the reason.

New Straz proposal promises ethics reform

Tampa candidates for Mayor Jane Castor and David Straz are seen in this combination of images Tuesday, March 5, 2019 in Tampa.
The retired banker promises to reform city contracts among other aspects of Tampa city governmentT

ĎA historic compromiseí: Builders and advocates finally agree on how best to protect Tampaís trees

The Tampa City Council approved a revised tree ordinance Thursday capping a contentious three-year process. Tree advocates hailed the new regulations as a historic compromise with builders.
The 5-1 vote creates a new process to cut down and plant trees in the city and will take effect June 1.

Tampa Mayor’s Race 2019: A Complete Guide

Tampabay.com has the latest on the Tampa mayor's race.
Reporter Charlie Frago and the Times staff have been covering the race from the start. Here's what you need to know ahead of the April 23 election.

Straz releases ad saying he wonít accept donations greater than $500. Except he has. At least 12 times.

TAILYR IRVINE   |   TimesDavid Straz waits for his introduction to his victory speech during the David Straz for Mayor watch party at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Fla. on March 5, 2019.
The retired banker attacks Jane Castorís $1.9 million campaign war chest as proof voters canít trust her. He has outspent her more than 2-1 with his own fortune.