Malena Carollo, Utilities, Consumer Issues, Technology, Insurance and Nonprofits Reporter

Malena Carollo

Utilities, Consumer Issues, Technology, Insurance and Nonprofits Reporter

I’m a digger who covers utilities, consumer issues and insurance. My passion is watchdog reporting, and I want to know what’s going on in your part of Tampa Bay. Hidden fees on your bills? A company taking advantage of customers? Something that just doesn’t sit right with you? I’m all ears. What should I have my eye on? Reach me by email (mcarollo@tampabay.com) or phone (727-892-2249). Want to talk more securely? Text or call me on Signal at (813) 591-0688. I earned my master’s degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where I studied investigative and data reporting. Before working at the Tampa Bay Times, I covered cybersecurity for the Christian Science Monitor’s Passcode section.

FEMA delays major changes to flood risk rating program until 2021

The Federal Emergency Management Agency delayed the release of its “Risk Rating 2.0” plan, which would rate homes’ flood risk more precisely than current models. Pictured is flooding along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa following Hurricane Michael in 2018. [James Borchuck | Times (2018)] James Borchuck  |  Tampa Bay Times
The Federal Emergency Management Agency delayed the release of its “Risk Rating 2.0? plan.

9 Tampa Bay businesses recognized for hiring military veterans

VetCor LLC was one of nine Tampa Bay companies recognized recently for hiring military veterans. Pictured is owner David Howard (left) and CEO Paul Huszar (right) at a recent event. [Courtesy of VetCor LLC] VetCor LLC
The “HIRE Vets Medallion” recognizes businesses that hire and retain former service members.

Florida regulators reject utilities’ proposed energy efficiency goals

Public Service Commission board member Julie Brown.
The goals were reverted to the slightly higher 2015 benchmarks.

Florida gas prices expected to remain fairly steady this week

Florida gas prices are expected to remain largely steady this week, according to AAA, The Auto Club Group. Pictured is a woman pumping gas in Pittsburgh in September. [Gene J. Puskar | Associated Press] Gene J. Puskar  |  AP
Though changes in wholesale gasoline prices could affect prices at the pump.

California is fighting massive fires. Could that happen in Florida?

Pictured are flames from a backfire consume a hillside as firefighters battle the Maria Fire in Santa Paula, Calif., on Friday. [Noah Berger | Associated Press] Noah Berger  |  AP
Key differences between the states determine the likelihood of large, rapidly spreading fires.