Dennis Joyce, Assistant Metro Editor

Dennis Joyce

Assistant Metro Editor

I am a newsman and communicator who pitches his tent at the crossroads of the community, the place you find the greatest number of ideas and the most fruitful debate. I’m a local news editor at the Tampa Bay Times, helping guide colleagues as they tell the stories of our community. It’s a role I’ve been blessed to play in half a dozen states, including two stints each in sunny Arizona and Florida. The approach I bring to the job is rooted in my family – including my wife Emilie and our two grown sons, one a world-traveling diplomat and the other a student in architecture. I’m a bicycle and transit commuter, so look for me on the bus and we’ll bat around a few ideas.

Hillsborough’s top grads weigh in on arming teachers: ‘Training doesn’t make them a marksman’

Graduating seniors Serena Kline of Blake Magnet High, Natasha Tracy of Newsome High and Matthew Wade of Armwood high received scholarships for their winning essays in the R.F. “Red” Pittman Tribune scholars program. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
Among 150 participants in a high school essay contest, most oppose the new Florida law. But many see it as an effective deterrent in the effort to end campus shootings.

Tampa police find body of man apparently struck by train

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Officers on routine patrol found the man just before 6 p.m. Wednesday on the side of railroad tracks near N 50th Street and E Broadway Avenue.

Man, 18, arrested in shooting of woman outside Brandon Home Depot

Authorities arrested BeQuadre Jackson, 18, in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman outside a Brandon Home Depot. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
Be’Quadre Jackson was arrested Wednesday on charges of first degree murder, robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Tampa woman, 22, identified as pedestrian who died on Interstate 75

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Courtney Ellen Krysa walked into the southbound lanes at about 4:50 a.m. Sunday near the College Avenue exit in Ruskin, the Highway Patrol said.

Deputies seek 18-year-old gunman in woman’s murder outside Brandon Home Depot

BeQuadre Jackson, 18, is wanted on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted robbery with a firearm in the shooting death of a woman at Home Depot, 1524 E Brandon Blvd. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]
Be’Quadre Jackson is wanted on a charge of first-degree murder in the woman’s death. The April 7 shooting was believed to be drug related.