Octavio Jones, Photographer

Octavio Jones


My hometown is Washington D.C. though I also call North Carolina my second one as well. I began my journey in journalism by freelancing at two weekly newspapers, Que Pasa Noticias (News) and the Triangle Tribune in the Raleigh-Durham area while working full-time as a Human Resources Specialist. Prior to arriving at the Tampa Bay Times in 2011 I’ve held internships at the The Herald Sun, The Florida Times-Union and was a staff photojournalist at The Fayetteville Observer.

Tampa police honor first black officer to die in the line of duty, 80 years ago

Officer Trevarris Saulsberry stands at attention Tuesday at Tampa Police Headquarters during a memorial ceremony for Detective Joe Nance, who died 80 years ago in the line of duty. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
Joe Nance, 57, an 18-year veteran, died from injuries he received in a car accident near Lakeland.

Tampa police mark 10th anniversary of Cpl. Mike Robert’s death in the line of duty

Tampa Police Officer Bonnie Donnelly, left, along with Cindy Roberts and Adam Roberts attend a memorial service Monday for Cpl. Mike Roberts, shot to death 10 years ago. Roberts was the husband of Cindy and father of Adam. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
The 11-year Tampa police veteran was fatally shot by a heavily-armed man with a history of paranoid delusions on Aug. 19, 2009.

Tampa Bay goes back to school: Photos from the week’s first day of school around the region

Russell Stanley Jr, 10, is the first student who arrived in Emili Colon 's fourth grade classroom on the first day of school at Sheehy Elementary School in Tampa. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times

WWE star Titus O’Neil signs copies of his autobiography in Carrollwood

Thaddeus Bullard, also known as WWE wrestler Titus O’Neil, greets 11-year-old Brogan Paul of Lakeland at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Carrollwood on Sunday, August 4, 2019. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
His new autobiography, There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Kid, chronicles his life growing up in Delray Beach and the events that took him to the Florida Boys Ranch and, later, the University of...

Tampa police: Bicyclist killed in early morning Tampa crash

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Police did not name the cyclist or the driver.