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.

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.

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Lawmakers demand federal investigation of Argosy University finances

Argosy University at 1403 N Howard Ave. is the subject of federal officials, who are demanding answers about the school’s finances. The school has failed to disburse millions in federal student aid to its students, officials say. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
Some 450 students attend the Tampa campus of Argosy University, a national chain beset by financial troubles. Now local members of Congress want answers, plus help for affected students.

Who will be Teacher of the Year in Pinellas? Meet the 10 finalists.
The winner will be announced Monday night during the Pinellas Education Foundation’s annual “Evening of Excellence.”

$1 million gift from Raymond James CEO is largest-ever for St. Petersburg Catholic High

Raymond James Financial's top executive Paul Reilly and his wife, Rose, seen here at the 2018 Tampa Bay Heart Ball, have given $1 million to St. Petersburg Catholic High, the school announced Thursday. [Times (2018)]
The "leadership gift" from Paul and Rose Reilly stokes a multimillion-dollar campaign to pay for major renovations at the school.