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Rebecca Woolington - Investigative reporter

Investigative reporter

I joined the investigative team at the Times in 2018 to cover the environment and climate change. I’m a native Oregonian, who spent eight years working at my hometown paper in Portland before coming to Florida. I’m passionate about holding the powerful accountable, bringing wrongdoing to light and listening to people who have been overlooked.

  1. A client is tested for the coronavirus by RN Amy Streicher, right, Florida Department of Health on April 27 at the Childs Park Recreation Center, St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  2. A patient is transported by ambulance from the Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 7800 Liberty Lane, on April 17 in Seminole. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  3. Iliana Medina, 26, a medical lab technician with Advent Health, works on a non-coronavirus sample at the Microbiology Department on March 18 in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
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  5. A client drives through the Childs Park Recreation Center parking lot on April 27 in St. Petersburg, as they received their coronavirus test. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  6. Iliana Medina, 26, a medical lab technician with Advent Health, holds the devices used to test for a coronavirus (COVID-19) sample at the Microbiology Department on March 18 in Tampa. AdventHealth in Tampa has begun testing for COVID-19, better know as coronavirus. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  7. Registered nurse Robert Atchison cares for a COVID-19 patient recently in the intensive care unit at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers. "We're saving everyone we can," Atchison said. [@2020 KINFAY MOROTI/SPECIAL TO TAMPA BAY TIMES  |  Kinfay Moroti  | Special to the Times]
  8. A Clearwater Police officer cruises Clearwater Beach while enforcing social distancing guidelines as Pinellas County beaches are opened to the public on May 4. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  9. A client is tested for the coronavirus by RN Kathy Hudson, right, Florida Department of Health on April 27 at the Childs Park Recreation Center, St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  10. A client drives through the Childs Park Recreation Center parking lot April 27 St. Petersburg, as they received their coronavirus test. The tests were administered by the Florida Department of Health, Pinellas County, in cooperation with the City of St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  11. John Foss a nurse with the Pinellas County School Board prepares to administer a COVID-19 test to a local resident during a free drive-up and walk-up testing site coordinated by the Florida Department of Health Pinellas County on Saturday May 2, 2020 in St. Petersburg. [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times]
  12. Mark Thompson, of Clearwater, prepares to administer a COVID-19 viral test on May 6 at Community Health Centers of Pinellas, 707 East Druid Road, in Clearwater where Pinellas County began COVID-19 testing. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  13. Wilmer Vergara, owner of Graphi-ko Gallery in St. Petersburg, helps customer Taylor Popke pick out a ring on Monday, the first day nonessential stores in Florida were allowed to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. [SARA DINATALE  |  Times]
  14. Britany Berrian, of Largo, places a label on a vial containing a used COVID-19 viral test on Wednesday at Community Health Centers of Pinellas, 707 East Druid Road, in Clearwater where Pinellas County began COVID-19 testing on Monday. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  15. The list of deaths released Wednesday by Florida officials was heavily redacted. This is the first page of the list. [Florida Department of Law Enforcement]
  16. A Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputy R. Douglas looks out to the beach as he is stationed at the beach access walkover point while patrolling the beach on Monday in Madeira Beach. "We hope everybody follows the rules of social distancing," Deputy Douglas said. "And if not we're just educating them on it." Pinellas county beaches opened to the  public with no restriction Monday after being closed since Friday, March 20. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has said that deputies and officers will be spaced every 50 feet on the beach enforcing strict social distancing guidelines. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  17. Rules for beach visitors are posted at a beach entrance on Pass-A-Grille Beach, St. Pete Beach, Monday, May 4, 2020. Beaches along the Pinellas County coast were opened Monday during the coronavirus pandemic.  [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  18. Ambassadors of Clearwater Beach meet for instruction before deploying throughout the beach corridor to inform visitors to the beach about the social distancing rules which remain in place as Pinellas County beaches are opened to the public on Monday after being closed since March 20. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  19. A look at the empty beach and parking area parallel to Shore Boulevard S., on April 2 in Gulfport. Public beaches have remained closed for five weeks to help stop the spread of coronavirus. On Monday, they will reopen. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  20. Los visitantes de la playa ignoran las señales de playa cerradas y las barricadas en Pass-A-Grille Beach, St. Pete Beach, el miércoles 4/28/2020. Los comisionados del condado de Pinellas votaron para abrir las playas el lunes, con restricciones. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  21. Emergency personnel prepare to transport a patient by ambulance from the Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion in April. At least eight residents of the Seminole retirement community have died from the novel coronavirus. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  22. Emergency personnel prepare to transport a patient by ambulance from the Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 7800 Liberty Lane, on April 17 in Seminole. About 30 patients and staff members at a Pinellas County nursing home have tested positive for the coronavirus, county officials said. Several patients from Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion have been transferred to local hospitals, Assistant County Administrator Lourdes Benedict told the Tampa Bay Times. Other residents of the facility will be tested, officials said, and the grounds are being cleaned. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
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  24. A group of friends sit lawn chairs chatting as people behind them line dance to AM radio on March 26. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]