Monique Welch, Tampa Regional News Reporter

Monique Welch

Tampa Regional News Reporter

My passion for journalism dates back to my days as a sports editor and writer for Goucher College’s Quindecim, the student run newspaper, in my hometown of Baltimore. As a student athlete, I brought some of my own insights to the stories I told. From there I started as a freelancer covering horse racing at the Tampa Bay Downs to covering sports, education, health, news features and more. Since 2017, I’ve been a staff writer and editorial assistant in the Times’ Tampa bureau, producing the weekly Everybody’s Business column, which focuses on businesses coming and going in the South and Central Tampa area. I love to shop, dine at different restaurants and check out new places in the area just as much as I love writing about them.

Forbici Modern Italian restaurant opens in Hyde Park Village

Forbici Modern Italian just opened in Hyde Park Village at 1633 W Snow Ave. [Photo courtesy of Jeff Gigante]
The restaurant serves Roman-style pizza and pasta dishes at 1633 W Snow Ave.

New X-Force Body fitness center opens in South Tampa

X-Force co-founder Iliana Stoilova poses next to the X-Force Body machines. The Swedish machines provide an intense, 30-minute workout by automatically increasing resistance by 40 percent during the lowering phase of a lift.  [Monique Welch | Times]
The new fitness center, at 4007 W Kennedy Boulevard, offers more intense workouts in less time.

American Heart Association makes summer camp a reality for kids with heart ailments

This week, the American Heart Association’s Heart Heroes Florida sent 30 Tampa Bay area kids to Camp Boggy Creek near Orlando. The 232-acre camp is designed for children who have cardiovascular diseases that could prevent them from attending a typical summer camp. [Photo courtesy of Chris Dorsey, American Heart Association]
Attending an overnight summer camp poses health risks for kids with heart conditions, but the American Heart Association's Heart Heroes Florida makes it possible for Tampa Bay area children.

National CPR and AED Awareness Week raises awareness on learning lifesaving skills

Brittany Williams, 28, survived going into cardiac arrest, thanks in part to CPR being administered. She lives now with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) in her chest to regulate her heartbeat. [Photo courtesy of Brittany Williams]
Performing CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

Sunni Spencer beachwear boutique opens in Hyde Park

Sunni Spencer, a new beachwear boutique, opened at Hyde Park Village on May 20. The boutique also offers home decor items, beauty products and accessories. [Special to the Times | Dennis Akers with Candle Pour]
The boutique, which opened May 20 at Hyde Park Village, also offers home decor items, beauty products and accessories.