Anastasia Dawson, Hillsborough Commission and General Assignment Reporter

Anastasia Dawson

Hillsborough Commission and General Assignment Reporter

I’m an east Hillsborough County native whose ancestors were among the first settlers in the community of Dover. My parents built their home on an old family orange grove, sandwiched between my grandparents’ home (where my mother grew up) and a 100-year-old house built by my great, great grandparents. Still, I couldn’t resist my big city dreams, so after earning my journalism degree from the University of South Florida I moved to bustling Riverview. A two-week internship at the Tampa Tribune turned into three years of covering education in both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. In 2016 I joined the Times as a general assignment reporter in Tampa, which often means running into family, friends and former classmates while out gathering the news. A majority of those stories involve our local criminal justice system.

One dead, two injured in Land O’ Lakes house fire

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Pasco firefighters said the blaze broke out at a home in the 3000 block of Thistledown Lane.

Time to see a man about a dog? 250 rescue pups now ready for adoption

Four, six-week old puppies rescued from inadequate breeding conditions, wait to be checked by veterinary staff at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center. Over 300 small-breed dogs were rescued from a breeder on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times
To qualify for a Hillsborough County lottery, apply in person Sunday and pass a background check.

Hillsborough commissioners raise vaping age to 21

Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman was behind the push for a ban on teenage vaping. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
The change makes it illegal to sell products to under-age customers and bans minors from possessing vaping paraphernalia.

April Griffin enters Hillsborough Tax Collector’s race

April Griffin
The former Hillsborough County School Board member will compete against longtime agency employee Nancy Millan for the Constitutional office. The deadline for qualifying is June 12, 2020.

Tampa police investigating shootings in Sulphur Springs and Ybor City

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The first happened at about 4:30 p.m. in North Ybor and left one man wounded. At 5 p.m., a man was fatally shot in Sulphur Springs.