Thomas C. Tobin, Assistant Metro Editor

Thomas C. Tobin

Assistant Metro Editor

No one is luckier than I am. As an assistant metro editor, I practice journalism every day with a talented team of writers who cover news about education, health and transportation. A mix of veterans and newer faces, they bring a passion to their work that makes me proud and helps keep our community better informed. I was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., but Tampa Bay and I go way back. When I got here in the late 1980s, our state was just coming into its own as the economic, political and cultural powerhouse it is today. Since then I've covered local and state government, legal issues and education. I have traveled across Florida as the Times state reporter and even delved into the world of Scientology. Each day I learn from people. Reach out and tell me something.

Class act: Saluting the top students at Pinellas private schools

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As they prepare for graduation, we asked these valedictorians and salutatorians to discuss the turning point before them. Here is what they said

Gov. Ron DeSantis: Too many Florida kids not ready for kindergarten

Gov. Ron DeSantis said nearly 75 percent of Florida parents rely on the state's Voluntary Prekindergarten program, and vowed to improve it. [Times (2004)]
More accountability measures are planned after a finding that 42 percent of children in Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten program are not prepared to advance.

Class of 2019: Meet the top students in Pinellas public high schools this year

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These valedictorians and salutatorians hail from 17 high schools, and they will finish on top when graduation ceremonies are held later this month.

U.S. News: These Tampa Bay area high schools are among the best in Florida

Plant High in Tampa was one of 12 Tampa Bay area schools among the top 100 in Florida, as ranked by U.S. News & World. The rankings were released Tuesday.
The annual rankings put a dozen high schools in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco in the state’s top 100.

DeSantis appoints USF leader Brian Lamb to state university board

USF board of trustees chairman Brian Lamb is moving to the state Board of Governors. [Courtesy of Mark S. Gall]
The USF board of trustees chairman will join the Board of Governors, which oversees Florida’s 12 state universities.