Claire McNeill, Enterprise Reporter

Claire McNeill

Enterprise Reporter

I've been dog-earing magazines since I was little, and I’m still a constant reader. I love reporting deep on complicated ideas and telling intimate stories that reveal the human experience: a forgotten school shooting victim, a Syrian refugee in a Southern fraternity, a mother-turned-drug smuggler for her dying son. I grew up in a small town in South Jersey and made my way here after attending the University of North Carolina. I covered all kinds of news in Pasco and Pinellas counties before leaping into the higher education beat and then onto the enterprise team. Outside of work, I hoard books, stress-bake and balance my soccer/softball/rock climbing routine with a serious Taco Bell habit. I live in St. Pete with my introverted Pomeranian, Wilson.

Ruskin father fatally shot by deputies had plans to be a better provider, relatives say

Angel Ramos Otero, 37, was shot and killed by Hillsborough sheriff’s deputies in Ruskin on Friday, according to his family. Ramos refused commands to drop a knife and advanced at deputies during a domestic disturbance call. [Courtesy of Shaina Otero]
The family of Angel Ramos Otero is struggling to believe he threatened deputies with a knife before he was shot Friday during a domestic disturbance call in Ruskin.

There’s a small chance of a tropical system forming in the Gulf of Mexico next week.

A tropical weather system might form in the Gulf of Mexico next week. (National Hurricane Center)
At a minimum, Panhandle residents should expect heavy rain.

Who wants to listen to the angel of death?

Saundra Piercy, center, makes her pitch to Joyce Grout, left, and her husband, Steve Grout, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's last fall. Piercy was speaking at The Residence at Timber Pines, a senior community in Spring Hill. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
Saundra Piercy is trying to help people prepare for the inevitable

He was at Stonewall 50 years ago. In St. Petersburg, he remembers the before and after.

Activist Jay Chetney talks about direct non violent action and activism against the Vietnam war as well as his time being assaulted by officers at Stonewall. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
So many of the rebels are no longer alive to tell the story. Jay Chetney looks back on his own.

Those on Florida’s front lines in the abortion battle know change is coming

Rep. Anna Eskamani, standing in the center, and Rep. Mike Hill, sitting two rows ahead, are on opposite sides of the abortion debate. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Crusaders on both sides are gearing up for the fight, as conservatives look to court advantage