Veteran journalist Tom Rawlins remained true to his craft



At the Rawlins family dinner table, meals began with two things: a prayer and a running joke that the conversation to come was off the record.

Tom Rawlins was a dogged newspaper reporter for decades. He spent nearly all of them at the St. Petersburg Times and the Evening Independent, owned and published by the now Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg. At the end of his long career, he worked in management for the company, ironing out the details that made journalists’ jobs run smoother.

“He was just a reporter,” said his daughter, Beth Rawlins, 58. “It ran through his veins.”

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