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Caitlin Johnston

Tampa, Fla.
Transportation Beat Reporter — Tampa Bay Times
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I attend 8-hour public meetings and read transportation studies from the 1960s so you don't have to. (@TB_Times transportation and general assignments reporter)

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That’s a wrap here at the Transportation Management Area Leadership Group. Jacobs engineering will continue with out reach, and the TMA will meet in February and March.
Seems like the TMA is pretty divided on how much information they need to have on specific funding sources before starting public engagement. Multiple references to Greenlight Pinellas' and Hillsborough's failures to get public support.
Commissioner Dave Eggers wants to talk with the community about needs first, not funding source. “The money will take care of itself if they buy into what we’re doing.”
"This is relatively low cost. This doesn't mean we have to do a sales (tax)," @PatKempBOCC said. "We do need to put our general dollars in this. We don't need to be afraid of a sales tax. But a sales tax can be over and above."
@MyFDOT_Tampa Secretary Gwynn says having the commitment from local governments and MPOs to provide capital and operating money -- even if it's not sure exactly where that money comes from -- goes a long way.
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What was your first job as a journalist?

I started working in student journalism in 7th grade. My first professional gig was when I was 19 and interned at a magazine in London.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

I'm probably one of the last kids to grow up on one. My dad was a professor, and I'd write stories on it when I was stuck in his office.

Did you work for your high school newspaper? If so, what did you do there?

Sure did. Lived in that newsroom through senior year, when I was editor-in-chief. I still credit my adviser for launching me into journalism

Hearst Journalism Award

2011 - National Championship
Placed second in the national championship held in San Francisco. Competitors, who previously placed first in one of the monthly competitions, had two days to write three stories.