Tampa Bay Times reporter Kameel Stanley, who co-wrote and reported on the paper’s investigative story revealing that the Tampa Police Department has cited black bicyclists for 79 percent of the total bike infractions in the past three years, is leaving the paper to report for St. Louis Public Radio next month.
She related that news by re-tweeting a tweet that congratulated her for getting the gig in St. Louis.
“I’m very happy,” Stanley told SPB this afternoon when asked to confirm the news. “Excited to make a change, excited to learn how to tell stories in a new way, though it’s going to be very tough to leave the Times and this community.”
Stanley has reported for the Times since 2009, with most of that time devoted to covering the police and City Hall in St. Petersburg. She’ll now join KMWU-90.7 FM in St. Louis, the NPR affiliate there.
Stanley’s reporting on the TPD’s disproportionate citation of blacks for bike infractions, co-written and reported with Alex Zayas, led the city to call in the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) earlier this summer.
Former Police Chief Jane Castor disputed the premise of the story, but acknowledged that the statistics unearthed by the Times were “troubling.” Mayor Bob Buckhorn has stood steadfast behind the department, saying that “allegations of racial profiling create an emotionally charged discussion within the community, but so does crime.”
While attending Central Michigan University, Stanley interned for the Times back in the summer of 2007, before being hired full-time in ’09.