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. Archie is available for adoption for free.
    The 4-year-old cat is available for adoption for free.
  2. And more Pinellas news
  3. 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...
  4. Oct. 4• Pinellas
    Zinnia, a 3-year old pit bull terrier.
  5. 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.
  6. Drivers are confused by the traffic light heading south on U.S. 19 Frontage Road at Seville Boulevard because it appears very dim, or possibly turned off rather than a solid green, yellow or red signal.
    Readers seem puzzled about the five traffic signals at the Seville Boulevard and U.S. 19 intersection.
  7. The African American Heritage Trail in St. Petersburg begins at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.
    It has been five years since the historic trail celebrated its grand opening, but many still don’t know it’s there.
  8. Sep. 27• Pinellas
    Pinellas County community news.
    Morton Plant Hospital holds annual “Walk to Remember” commemorating pregnancy loss.
  9. Sep. 27• Pinellas
    Cabbage is a 5-year old domestic shorthair.