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Graham Brink - Business Columnist

Business Columnist

My truck lacked AC when I first landed with the Times. Still, I loved pursuing stories along the backroads of Hernando County. It’s where I first began to appreciate the Times’ commitment to the Tampa Bay community. I’ve covered shady companies and way too many hurricanes. I’ve reported about Morocco after 9/11 and had a blast writing about racing a mountain bike 800 miles from the Okefenokee to the Everglades. I crossed over to editing for a dozen years and recently crossed back to become business columnist. My wife makes me laugh. My son makes me want to change the world, at least our little part of it. The truck now has AC, but a good story still fires me up.

  1. Lori Baggett, managing partner of Carlton Fields in Tampa.
    The Carlton Fields firm announced her promotion earlier this month.
  2. The St. Petersburg skyline looking west from the waterfront.
    The city released its State of the Economy report Wednesday.
  3. Truist's new logo.
    Truist is the product of the SunTrust and BB&T merger. The new bank has a new logo, one that will start appearing in the Tampa Bay area later this year.
  4. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at pre-legislative news conference on Tuesday Oct. 29, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
    Republicans have been at odds for years over the system for checking the immigration status of workers.
  5. The Crystal River nuclear plant was closed more than 10 years ago after a botched repair job. [Times (2012)]
    Plus: How much money Florida’s largest universities receive from students who apply but don’t get in.
  6. Florida no longer provides free juice at welcome centers. [Times (2015)]
    The state supplied complimentary juice for about 70 years.
  7. The Tampa Bay area didn't stack up well against 19 other peer cities. [Times (2018)]
    The area did not rank well against 19 other metro areas.
  8. 2019 was a good year to own stocks.
    Tech Data and Jabil Inc. led the way.
  9. The BB&T and SunTrust buildings in St. Petersburg.
    Will branches close? Do you need a new account number? With the merger now official, the new West Florida president provides answers.
  10. 2019 saw a lot of changes for Tampa Bay area business. [Clockwise from top: Times (2019,) Times (2017), courtesy of Tech Data]
    The year included shenanigans worthy of entry into the business Hall of Shame.