Justine Griffin - Editor, Economy and Growth

Editor, Economy and Growth

I'm a native Floridian who grew up in Pasco County. Prior to becoming an editor, I covered health and medicine and business news at the Times. Before joining the paper in 2015, I worked for the St. Augustine Record, the Sun Sentinel and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where I gained national attention for my retail coverage and for a long-form article I wrote about my experience as an egg donor. I'm a graduate of the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!), where I studied journalism. I'm also an equestrian. My horse's name is Mikey.

  1. The Original Hooters, at 2800 Gulf to Bay Blvd, in Clearwater, on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Hooters, Inc., was incorporated in Clearwater, on April 1, 1983, by six Clearwater businessmen: Lynn D. Stewart, Gil DiGiannantonio, Ed Droste, Billy Ranieri, Ken Wimmer and Dennis Johnson.
  2. A home is for sale "by appointment only" with Keller Williams Realty at 350 Beltrees Street, on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Dunedin. Tampa is one of the top 10 housing markets in America going into 2022, according to a list compiled by
  3. In this March 23, 2021 file photo, pedestrians walk past the New York Stock Exchange in New York's Financial District. The parent company of St. Petersburg-based First Home Bank began common stock trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “BAFN” Tuesday.
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  5. Rocio Smith is the the new Hillsborough Market Vice President for Achieva Credit Union.
  6. Detective Tommy Breedlove, 54, passed away Saturday after contracting COVID-19, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
  7. Edmund Pendleton, 50, faces charges, according to the New Port Richey Police Department.
  8. The cause of death has not yet been determined, deputies said.
  9. Jul. 17, 2021• Breaking News
    Deputies are looking for Katrell Hubbard, 25, who is wanted in connection to a murder at the Willow Brooke Apartments in Tampa from July 9, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
  10. People gather on a section of Pennsylvania Avenue that was reopened to the public in front of the White House, Sunday, July 4, 2021, in Washington.
  11. Lonnie Smith, 28, of Clearwater, faces 11 counts of possession of child pornography, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
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  14. A 14-year-old boy was injured in a shooting in St. Petersburg Tuesday night. Stick with for updates.
  15. Matthew Swett was arrested Monday after he tried to run over a police dog and its handler, then broke into the home of Haines City’s mayor, according to the Haines City Police Department.
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  17. Impairment does not appear to be a factor in the crash. Deputies are continuing to investigate.
  18. A motorcyclist was transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg as a trauma alert.
  19. Stephan Badertscher, 31, faces a felony charge of transmission of harmful material to a minor, according to Tarpon Springs police.
  20. The pedestrian ran eastbound across the interstate, troopers said.
  21. Michael Friedt, 61, of Spring Hill, faces possession of child sexual abuse material charges, according to FDLE.
  22. A truck hit two pedestrians Friday night on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. One has died.
  23. Firefighters were working to save homes from a large brush fire in Pasco County Friday afternoon.