Sam Ogozalek

Tampa Bay Times

Reporter Profile

Sam Ogozalek is a health care reporter focusing on mental health for the Tampa Bay Times in Florida. Previously, he covered COVID-19 and local government for The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette in South Carolina. Hailing from Hancock, New York, a small town along the Delaware River, Ogozalek was editor-in-chief of Syracuse University’s student paper, The Daily Orange, and has interned at the Tampa Bay Times, The Buffalo News and the Naples Daily News.

Beat: Health care and mental health in Tampa Bay region

The Report for America Corps member covers health care with a secondary focus on mental health. The latter is an area that crosses into multiple beats, but is not anyone’s focus. The reporter covers underserved communities, doctors, Medicare, emerging medical advancements and more fallout from the coronavirus.