Bethany Barnes, Tampa Bay Times

Bethany Barnes

Tampa Bay Times

Portland, OR, United States

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Recent:
  • Tampa Bay Times
Past:
  • The Oregonian
  • CHJ
  • Govtech.com
  • Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • LasVegasSun.com

Recent articles by Bethany:

Tuesday Live Updates: Tampa Bay in final hours of prep as Hurricane Ian nears

Evacuations continue as region braces for powerful storm surge of up to 10 feet. A hurricane warning is in effect. → Read More

Dade City woman killed, body severed in two in Pasco hit and run

An hour later, another car ran over the woman’s body and nearly crashed into police investigating the scene. → Read More

Tampa strip club shooting leaves 1 dead

The shooting followed an argument in the parking lot of Scores Gentlemen’s Club, police said. → Read More

Blake High students spoke out about sexual harassment. Now they’re seeing action

The school held sexual harassment training and a student forum after a Tampa Bay Times investigation. → Read More

Calls for investigation into Hillsborough schools’ handling of sexual harassment continue

Members of the public continue to seek a response to a Times investigation in the face of district silence. → Read More

Protest planned to address sexual harassment complaints in Hillsborough School District

Students and former students say they are disappointed by school officials’ lack of response. → Read More

At emotional Hillsborough schools meeting, calls for investigation into sexual harassment policies

Public seeks action in response to a Times investigation detailing how Blake High students sought help but instead felt belittled and punished. → Read More

Tampa teens wanted their school to protect them. Instead, they say, it got worse.

Students have tried to sound the alarm on sexual harassment. → Read More

Tampa teens reported a teacher’s sexual comments. Then a student’s life was upended.

Hillsborough schools have a troubled history when it comes to protecting students from sexual misconduct. → Read More

Failure at Piney Point: A disaster foretold

Warning signs were clear. Florida let an environmental danger fester. → Read More

Federal agency knew Garda was “really bad” at safety. It took little action

Three more people have died since the Times revealed safety problems at the Florida-based armored truck company. → Read More

Big banks entrusted money to GardaWorld. It secretly lost track of millions.

CASH DRIVEN | A TIMES INVESTIGATION Big banks entrusted money to GardaWorld. It secretly lost track of millions. By Bethany Barnes Times Staff WriterSecond in a series | Oct. 18, 2020 Brian Newell had been a manager at one of GardaWorld’s armored truck branches for about a year when a high-ranking supervisor called in 2018 with a bizarre order: Load all the coins stored at his branch in… → Read More

Read GardaWorld’s response to our investigation

The company sent statements and a letter threatening to sue the Times. → Read More

GardaWorld built an armored truck empire while taking shortcuts. Mayhem followed.

The armored truck full of money barreled down a two-lane road until it encountered a stopped SUV. The truck didn’t brake. Instead it whipped into the oncoming lane, as if to pass, and rammed into a tanker truck. The impact ripped open the side of the armored truck and launched a worker guarding the cash into the air with such force that his seat went with him. Illinois police found him still… → Read More

Florida man aboard Jacksonville flight said passengers were told a delay was due to a mechanical problem

Darwing Silva, of Miami, helped others out of the plane and onto a wing, where they waited for rescuers. → Read More

Advocates for black children silence Portland school board

Protesters briefly brought a school board meeting in the whitest major city in America to a standstill Tuesday with an emotional rendition of a song considered the black national anthem. → Read More

Investigators say Portland teacher contract endangers children

The scathing investigative report, unveiled at an emotional school board meeting, comes in response to an Oregonian/OregonLive August 2017 investigation, "Benefit of the Doubt: How Portland Public Schools helped an educator evade allegations of sexual misconduct." → Read More

CHJ

Want to ‘Give voice to the voiceless?’ Five lessons from Portland’s housing crisis

"If newsrooms want coverage to be diverse, newsrooms must back up that aim with an investment of time," writes The Oregonian's Bethany Barnes. Here's how she invested her reporting time. → Read More

Portland principal says policy kept Mitch Whitehurst's past hidden, she felt 'powerless'

In her first public comments about Mitch Whitehurst, LaShawn Lee said she believes the state's largest school district needs to take a hard look at a policy that withholds certain personnel records of teachers from their principal. → Read More

Portland Public Schools still needs to fix its broken system

Oregon's largest school district has a lot to do to catch up to federal requirements for protecting students from sexual harassment and sexual misconduct at school. → Read More