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Zachary T. Sampson - Investigative Reporter

Investigative Reporter

I work on the investigative team, reporting stories to identify and fix problems or hold powerful people to account. I came to Florida in 2014 by way of Boston. I grew up in Rhode Island, a diehard Yankees fan deep in the heart of enemy bleachers. Talking about baseball is still a quick way to my heart. In Tampa Bay, I've covered breaking news, public safety, general assignment, hurricanes and the environment. Have a story? Something you think more people should know about? Let's talk.

  1. El gráfico del Centro Nacional de Huracanes muestra el paso del huracán Ian frente a la costa de la Bahía de Tampa como una gran tormenta.
  2. The 11 p.m. Monday update from the National Hurricane Center for Hurricane Ian tracks it as hitting Florida's Gulf Coast just north of Tampa Bay.
  3. Hurricane Ian threatens to bring dangerous winds and storm surge to the Tampa Bay area, which was placed under a hurricane watch on Monday morning.
  4. Water filled a reservoir at the old Piney Point fertilizer plant site in Manatee County earlier this year. A leak triggered a crisis in 2021, and crews dumped 215 million gallons of wastewater from Piney Point into Tampa Bay.
  5. Tampa police arrested Kristopher Chandler, 22, in connection with a shooting on Hampton Lake Drive.
  6. A cormorant swims over a thick mat of algae covering a bed of seagrass offshore from Tierra Verde in the Shell Key Preserve. Macroalgae have appeared to be more prevalent than usual around some parts of Tampa Bay this year, according to reports from captains and environmental advocates. Scientists cannot say for certain whether that’s a sign of trouble for the ecosystem.
  7. Un científico de Florida sostiene un caracol terrestre africano gigante vivo del sur de Florida en un laboratorio en 2014. [ Times (2014) ].
  8. The shell of a giant African land snail is displayed during a news conference hosted by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Thursday. More than 1,000 of the invasive snails have been captured in Pasco County, where state officials are trying to fend off the invasion.
  9. Jeremy Miller, of Homosassa, explores one of the vents at Three Sisters Springs on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Citrus County.
  10. Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach has burned both coal and natural gas to create electricity in Tampa Bay. Both processes release greenhouse gasses that cause global warming.
  11. A Florida scientist holds up a live giant African land snail in a lab in 2014.
  12. Una mosca oriental de la fruta en un parque en Manila, Filipinas, en mayo de 2021.
  13. An oriental fruit fly rests on a leaf at a park in the Philippines in May 2021.
  14. People arrive at Mexico Beach on Thursday, June 2, 2022, where one of its landmarks, the iconic Driftwood Inn, background, was reopened 3.5 years after it was destroyed when Hurricane Michael struck Mexico Beach on Oct. 10, 2018.
  15. Construction crews elevate a portion of Interstate 4 in Polk County to create a wildlife crossing so animals can safely cross beneath the interstate. The project redesigned I-4 where it meets State Road 557 in Polk County. The highway carries more than 100,000 vehicles a day and acts as a deadly barrier that stops animals from traveling north or south.
  16. A manatee surfaces for air while feeding near Seven Sisters Springs on the Chassahowitzka River in early May.
  17. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers are pictured by the lake in John S. Taylor Park, where a man was found dead Tuesday morning. Police believe he may have been wading into the water to retrieve lost flying discs. Investigators are still trying to determine whether he was bitten by an alligator.
  18. Sara Seu, al frente a la izquierda, y su esposo Jesse Seu,comienzan a limpiar después de las inundaciones de la tormenta tropical Eta que azotó con fuerza partes de Shore Acres, inel martes 17 de noviembre de 2020 en St Petersburg.
  19. A motorist is seen attempting to drive on a flooded Bayshore Blvd as Tropical Storm Eta sends torrential downpours, storm surge flooding and wind across the Tampa Bay Area on November 12, 2020.
  20. University of South Florida undergraduate students, from left, Peyton Lebron, Matt McNamee and Spencer Manuel helped drop ocean circulation sensors into Tampa Bay during a research cruise aboard the R/V W.T. Hogarth.
  21. Flooded furniture and personal belongings of Diane Carr, 59, lie in her yard the morning after Tropical Storm Eta at the Twin City Manufactured Home Community in St. Petersburg. Eta flooded thousands of properties in Pinellas County in November 2020.
  22. A sheen is seen on the water near Demens Landing on May 2 in St. Petersburg.
  23. Los reporteros del Tampa Bay Times Corey G. Johnson, derecha, Rebecca Woolington, centro, y Eli Murray, izquierda, son anunciados como los ganadores del Premio Pulitzer por reportajes de investigación el lunes. La serie ganadora, “Envenenados”, expuso los peligros de la única fundición de plomo de Florida. Esto marcó el 14º Premio Pulitzer otorgado al Times.
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