Tampa Bay Times veteran Lucy Morgan was honored Saturday in Naples at the annual Leadership Florida meeting.
A Pulitzer Prize winner who retired from the Times in 2013, Morgan received the 2014 LeRoy Collins Lifetime Leadership Award, the highest honor given by the statewide group. The award is meant "to recognize an individual who, like Governor Collins, has gone above and beyond by using his/her leadership abilities over a lifetime to improve the quality of life for Florida's citizens and its future generations."
Jack Levine, a longtime advocate for children in Florida who runs the 4Generations Institute in Tallahassee, nominated Morgan based on her extensive journalistic accomplishments.
"There is no Florida journalist over the past 45 years who has had a greater impact on improving the processes of government than Lucy Morgan," Levine wrote in his nominating letter, adding, "Lucy Morgan's powerful pen seemed to never run out of ink, and her eagle eye was always focused on detecting the details of how our public officials do their work — crediting their successes and revealing their failures. She personifies the core value of a free press and the importance of open records laws to give us honest access to the workings of our government."