Zachary T. Sampson - General Assignment Reporter

General Assignment Reporter

I'm a general assignment reporter, which means I cover pretty much anything depending on the day. Think of me like a super utility player. Local, state, national, crime, weather, politics, and so on. I'm fascinated by where we're from -- how places shape us and how we shape them. I aim to tell stories that matter to you now, or will, or should. One day that might involve a police horse that paints, another how county officials spend your tax dollars. I'm from Rhode Island and will talk to you about it. I've coached youth baseball -- yes, the loud one. Okay, maybe I was checking the score on my phone under the table. I'm sorry. Call me with anything. I'm friendlier than my face suggests.

  1. The sun sets over a slab which once served as a foundation for a home on Mexico Beach in May.
    Area leaders fear lower population numbers will lead to reduced federal funding and political representation.
  2. Peggy Wood, center, attends a community announcement with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, in Mexico Beach in September.
    The Wood family presses forward with plans to rebuild the Driftwood Inn amid a changing town.
  3.  Mexico Beach, one year anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Michael.
    One year later, Mexico Beach is still recovering from the Category 5 storm.
  4. Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses citizens of Mexico Beach Thursday at city hall.
    The Florida leader, a Trump ally, says Washington should “focus on issues that really matter.”
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    His infant daughter suffered life-threatening injuries, officials said.
  6. Homes lay in ruins one week after Hurricane Dorian hit The Mudd neighborhood, in the Marsh Harbor area of Abaco, Bahamas. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
    Panic set in before the storm hit the Bahamas, followed by a familiar heartache.
  7. Defendant Michael Drejka, front, enters the courtroom with his attorney William Flores, center, Aug. 23 in Pinellas County.
    The defense team has filed a motion asking a judge to vacate the manslaughter conviction in the shooting over a parking space.
  8. Satellite image of Hurricane Dorian on Monday.
    The two storms were very similar. The models, and trust in them, have changed.
  9. From left: Thomas Frazer, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Julia Nesheiwat, Ph.D., Chief Resilience Officer, Executive Office of the Governor, and Noah Valenstein, Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, attend the Resilient Florida: Planning, Policy and Practice workshop on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at the University of South Florida in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
    Julia Nesheiwat also says new restrictions on development will be needed to cope with rising sea levels
  10. St. Petersburg police Chief Tony Holloway, left, and Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri attend a community event at Tropicana Field in 2015. [DIRK SHADD  
 |   Times]
    Chief Tony Holloway has offered several explanations for why he withdrew from a special unit that the sheriff says has reduced vehicle thefts.