Monique Welch - Pinellas County regional news reporter

Pinellas County regional news reporter

Since 2017, I’ve been a staff writer and editorial assistant in the Times’ Tampa bureau, producing the weekly Everybody’s Business column, which focuses on businesses coming and going in the South and Central Tampa area. I love to shop, dine at different restaurants and check out new places in the area just as much as I love writing about them. Now I've crossed the bridge to cover all the latest happenings in the Pinellas County community, answer your questions about the highways and byways of the Tampa Bay area, and contribute to many of the Times' new emerging platforms. You can hear me deliver local news weekly on iheartradio's 95.7 The Beat and on The Tampa Bay Times- Flash Briefing channel on your Amazon Alexa device.

  1. Fin is Pinellas County's Pet of the Week.
    The 4-year-old mixed breed is available for adoption at Friends of Strays Animal Shelter
  2. El ex corredor de la NFL, Warrick Dunn, pasa tiempo con la nueva propietaria LaToya Reedy y su hijo, AnTrez, en 918 43rd St. S. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
    El corredor retirado de Tampa Bay Buccaneer se asoció con Habitat for Humanity y otros para brindarle a una trabajadora asistente de enfermería y a su hijo el hogar de sus sueños.
  3. Former NFL running back Warrick Dunn spends time with new homeowner LaToya Reedy and her son, AnTrez, at 918 43rd St. S.
    The retired Tampa Bay Buccaneer running back partnered with Habitat for Humanity and others to give a hardworking nursing assistant and her son the home of their dreams.
  4. The traffic signal for eastbound traffic on Drew Street at McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater.
    A reader wonders why the sign at the end of Bayside Bridge instructs trucks heading north to exit during specified hours rather than stay on the bridge.
  5. Archie is available for adoption for free.
    The 4-year-old cat is available for adoption for free.
  6. And more Pinellas news
  7. The Florida Department of Transportation originally closed the southbound I-275 ramp to northbound I-75 for 10 months to replace the entire bridge deck of the overpass, but it's taken more than a year to complete. A detour was created that will have drivers exit on the US-41 exit to take that road to College Avenue where drivers can get back to I-75.
    When the project originally began on July 29, 2018, the Department of Transportation projected it would take 10 months to complete. A year and change later, some readers don’t see an end date in...
  8. Oct. 4• Pinellas
    Zinnia, a 3-year old pit bull terrier.
  9. Oct. 1• Pinellas
    Pinellas County residents volunteer with the Friendship Force Florida Suncoast club with Habitat for Humanity on a build in Moinesti Romania.
    A group of Pinellas County seniors volunteer to build a home in Romania.