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.

What is it like to work in an abortion clinic or pregnancy center? Our reporters visited both.

MONICA HERNDON | Times
While the missions are different, there are echoes, about courage and compassion

A Florida abortion clinic braces for a Southern surge

MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
A Woman’s Choice of Jacksonville offers women ‘freedom,’ refuge from a hostile climate

A crisis pregnancy center in Florida wants to redefine choice

MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
First Coast Women’s Services encourages women considering abortion to pause before making a ‘tragic’ decision

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.