Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Lucy Morgan retiring. Really.
A memo today from Neil Brown, editor of the Tampa Bay Times.
Since her official retirement six years ago, our esteemed colleague Lucy Morgan has remained a part time contributor to the Tampa Bay Times. Even with an abbreviated schedule, Lucy remained a central part of the Times brand in Tallahassee and she continued to hold the powerful to account with her award-winning journalism.
Now Lucy has decided to move fully into retirement with her husband (and former Timesman) Dick Morgan. She will complete her run at the Times on March 1.
We’ll hear more from and about Lucy in the coming weeks. For now, let’s just let Lucy write it:
It’s hard to leave a job that provides me with so much entertainment, but it’s time.
Where else can you find public officials who behave so badly, write about them and force them to do the right thing? I almost feel guilty for collecting a paycheck all these years.
When I “retired’’ from the bureau chief’s job seven years ago this month I expected to spend a year or two writing a few stories and then move on. But one story led to another and I’m still here. There are many more stories to be written, but I have finally realized I must leave some for others to complete.
So on March 1, I plan to really retire. After 48 years it is time to turn in my press pass.
I need to make a real effort to repair my ankle and knee. Maybe I’ll use the free time to write a book. I look forward to seeing the Times continue publishing great stories that help Floridians understand this crazy state we cover. We have long put light on issues and problems that no other news organization bothers to write about. I hope all of you will continue to look into the “dark corners’’ that can develop when no newspaper looks at what is going on.
The Times will always be a part of me. Don’t hesitate to call me if there is anything I can do. Thanks for all the memories.