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.

While the missions are different, there are echoes, about courage and compassion

A Florida abortion clinic braces for a Southern surge

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

A crisis pregnancy center in Florida wants to redefine choice

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.