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Ernest Hooper

Ernest Hooper

Ernest Hooper is the East Hillsborough Bureau chief and columnist at the Tampa Bay Times. Hooper joined the Times in 1992 and has worked as a prep sports writer and editor, TV/radio sports columnist, NFL writer, news columnist and unofficial ambassador, representing the Times as an emcee, judge or keynote speaker at hundreds of nonprofit events and civic functions. Hooper added the role of East Hillsborough Bureau chief in 2012. He oversees news content for the Times' regional edition east of Tampa, the SouthShore & Brandon Times, and writes two columns a week. His commentaries about family, community issues and political perspectives have helped Hooper connect with readers over the years, but he's probably best known for his signature tagline: That's all I'm saying.

Personal finance adviser Jean Chatzky is one of several high profile speakers on the slate for the Women's Conference of Florida in Tampa next week. [Handout photo]

Hooper: Jean Chatzy chats about the intersection of wealth, health

Public safety officials can readily identify a city’s most dangerous intersections.In retirement, the most dangerous intersection can be where the winding road of wealth crosses the unpredictable boulevard of health. NBC Today show financial...
Published: 10/20/17
Artricia James-Heard, a retired U.S. Navy veteran, now counsels people on credit issues. [Courtesy of Artricia James-Heard}

Hooper: After living through them, she pulls people out of credit woes

Atlanta, a place known for rising from the ashes of the Civil War to become an international city, proved to be a perfect backdrop for Artricia James-Heard’s own rise from what she calls "a very vulnerable time in her life."It was there that...
Published: 10/19/17
Arts Conservatory for Teens CEO Alex Harris says,

‘Color St. Pete’ message makes future a bit brighter

Arts Conservatory for Teens continues to create an impact in St. Petersburg through its efforts to infuse education and enrichment through music and art.On Saturday, it completed a public art installation at the Enoch Davis Center aimed at...
Published: 10/15/17

Ernest Hooper: Marriage proposal makes powerful statement for cherishing cultural traditions

In nearly 30 years of frequenting area watering holes, I thought I had seen it all — until Friday night.I met a friend on the patio at Miguelito's on Kennedy Boulevard. Shortly afterward, about a dozen Hispanic women in a...
Published: 10/09/17
Judy Lisi is celebrating her 25th year as the head of the David A. Straz Performing Arts Center.

Sunday Conversation: CEO Judy Lisi celebrates 25 years at the Straz Performing Arts Center

Even after 25 years at the helm, the drive and vision remains that first spurred Judy Lisi to take on the challenge of serving as the CEO of the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts Center (then the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center). At a...
Published: 10/08/17
Bank of America’s Bill Goede hands $200,000 to ECHO’s Eleanor Saunders and Sharmaine Burr to help the nonprofit expand.

Ernest Hooper: Cue the tears and the cheers at this nonprofit's anniversary

Some tears were shed in Brandon on Thursday night.Tears of joy.Tears of faith.Tears of recognition.Tears for a bigger future that will be brighter than its successful present.ECHO of Brandon, the community's flagship...
Published: 10/07/17
Deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reached out to members of the public Wednesday through its

Ernest Hooper: 'Coffee with a Cop' holds different lens to law enforcement

On Wednesday morning, the safest McDonald's in all of Hillsborough County sat on the corner of W Kennedy Boulevard and Dakota Avenue. Guests entering the restaurant were greeted by no less than a dozen deputies and other officials from the...
Updated one month ago

Ernest Hooper: Air Force Academy superintendent delivers right message on dignity and respect

Kudos to Brandon's Ariana Mosley, whose commitment to this nation as an Air Force Academy cadet remains fervent despite the racial hostility gripping the academy.Last week, the phrase "Go Home" followed by the n-word was scrawled on...
Updated one month ago

Ernest Hooper: Bay Area Legal Services, longtime friend to needy, needs our help

The dual challenges feed off each other.Veterans enduring a medical ordeal may lose sleep because they lack the legal means to acquire needed benefits to cover the costs. But losing sleep can worsen their condition.It's not difficult to...
Updated one month ago
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in support of Sen. Luther Strange, in Huntsville, Ala., on Sept. 22, 2017. [Associated Press]

Mr. President: we need common ground, not scorched earth

President Donald Trump's comments regarding the protests by NFL players sparked more players, including Bucs, to kneel during Sunday's pregame ceremonies.Let's look beyond where you might stand on the controversy and ask: How could anyone who...
Updated one month ago