Lane DeGregory is a features writer at the St. Petersburg Times who prefers writing about people in the shadows. She sweated with a mailman who mows strangers' lawns; followed an old daredevil struggling to hold on for one last ride; went shopping with a city manager who was changing from man to woman. Her stories take readers behind the scenes at Broadway debut, inside foster homes and onto carnival midways.
DeGregory graduated from the University of Virginia, where she was editor-in-chief of The Cavalier Daily student newspaper. Later, she earned a master's degree in rhetoric and communication studies from the University of Virginia. For 10 years, she wrote news and feature stories for The Virginian-Pilot, based in Norfolk, Va.
In 2000, DeGregory moved to Florida to write for the St. Petersburg Times. She's married to a drummer and has two sons, ages 11 and 12, and two crazy dogs.
DeGregory's stories have appeared in The Best Newspaper Writing 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008 editions. Her work has been published in "Telling True Stories: A non-fiction writers' guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University." Other stories DeGregory has written have been reprinted in Reader's Digest, Commercial Fisherman and Pagan World Report. She wrote one travel book: The Insiders' Guide to North Carolina's Outer Banks.
DeGregory has won more than a dozen national awards, including the 2009 Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Child Welfare League of America; the 2007 Ernie Pyle Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation for human interest writing; and the 2000 National Association of Black Journalists' Salute to Excellence. She won second place for feature writing in the National Headliner Awards for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.