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.

Five people identified in fatal Lake Okeechobee plane crash

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The crash happened after the plane took off from Tampa International Airport.

Behind the scenes at the Nutcracker, designer sews, pins, snaps, pulls, patches

Costume designer Camille McClellan, right, and Claudio Carpio, a volunteer at the Patel Conservatory, talk about ideas on designing costumes for the Nutcracker production. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
Camille McClellan enjoyed performing on stage, but she later found success and happiness behind the curtain.

‘We have to speak truth to power.’ Four questions for Lester Holt and the chairman of The New York Times Co.

Lester Holt performs on the bass during the Bowtie Ball at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort at St. Pete Beach, Fla., on December 8, 2018.  Holt, the anchor for Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, was honored with The Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism. [Photo by Carrie Pratt]
The NBC anchor and Arthur Sulzberger Jr. spoke with the Tampa Bay Times before the Poynter Institute’s Bowtie Ball on Saturday.

Harmony 101: Lessons in how to love and disagree

Valerie Holguin, a 20-year-old Eckerd College junior, and Sharon Joy Kleitsch, an 80-year-old community organizer, came together at Eckerd College Tuesday night. CLAIRE MCNEILL / Times
Discussion panelists, attendees trade suggestions, advice for finding peace.

Politics, practicality, price: Across Florida, rural students put off by perceived weaknesses of higher education
In rural enclaves, practical-minded students are losing faith in the value of college. Many see it as an outright corrosive force and are frustrated by its outsize costand perceived uselessness.