Graham Brink, Business Columnist

Graham Brink

Business Columnist

My truck lacked AC when I first landed with the Times. Still, I loved pursuing stories along the backroads of Hernando County. It’s where I first began to appreciate the Times’ commitment to the Tampa Bay community. I’ve covered shady companies and way too many hurricanes. I’ve reported about Morocco after 9/11 and had a blast writing about racing a mountain bike 800 miles from the Okefenokee to the Everglades. I crossed over to editing for a dozen years and recently crossed back to become business columnist. My wife makes me laugh. My son makes me want to change the world, at least our little part of it. The truck now has AC, but a good story still fires me up.

The economy is doing well. Why do so many Floridians feel left out?

Job applicants line up at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida during a June 4 job fair.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
A lot of people remain uneasy despite some good financial numbers.

10 things: Get to know the Bronfman family’s rich and storied history

Pierre Boivin (L) and Stephen Bronfman (R) at a press conference in Montreal late last month. Bronfman spoke about exploring the prospect of the Rays playing some future home games in Montreal. MARIO BEAUREGARD/LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL
The family of Stephen Bronfman, the Montreal point man in the deal to split home games with the Tampa Bay Rays, has a rich history.

Meet Stephen Bronfman, the Montreal point man in the deal to share Tampa Bay Rays home games

Stephen Bronfman speaks to the media about the prospect of Major League Baseball returning to Montreal. Bronfman, whose father Charles was the original owner of the Expos, is part of a group spearheading effort to return baseball the city. At left is and Pierre Boivin. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
The businessman has worked for several years to bring baseball back to his home town.

Tampa Bay and Montreal would be an odd baseball marriage

The Tampa Bay Rays have floated the idea of playing half of their home games in Montreal (Image Source)
The distance is only the start.

Charitable giving hit nearly $428 billion last year. Who gave it? Who got it?

Charitable giving by individual was down a little in 2018. (Times 2018)
Individuals gave a little less. Corporations and foundations contributed more.