Thursday, June 21, 2018


Lane DeGregory

Lane DeGregory

Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times enterprise reporter who prefers writing about people in the shadows. She went to work with a 100-year-old man who still swept out a seafood warehouse, hung out beneath a bridge with a colony of sex offenders, followed a feral child who was adopted. Lane graduated from the University of Virginia, where she was editor in chief of The Cavalier Daily student newspaper. Later, she earned a master's degree in rhetoric and communication studies from the University of Virginia. She previously worked for the Daily Progress and The Virginian-Pilot and moved to Florida in 2000 to write for the Times. She's married to a drummer, Dan DeGregory, and they have two sons, Ryland and Tucker. Lane's stories have appeared in the Best Newspaper Writing editions of 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008. She has won dozens of national awards, including twice winning Scripps Howard's Ernie Pyle Award for human interest writing and has been recognized eight times by the National Headliner Awards and eight times by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. In 2011, she was named a fellow by the Society of Professional Journalists. She teaches at the University of South Florida, the Poynter Institute and journalism conferences around the world. Listen to her weekly podcast, WriteLane, on SoundCloud or iTunes.

Leonora LaPeter Anton joins the podcast. Anton, a member of the Times' enterprise team, talks about building confidence. [DANESE KENON / Times]

Episode 27: ‘We don’t suck that bad’

This week’s podcast features a conversation about confidence. Leonora LaPeter Anton, another member of the Times’ enterprise team, is a guest. A new podcast is available each Wednesday morning on the Tampa Bay...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Episode 26: The editing process

Episode 26: The editing process

Last week, we talked about the writing process. Today, we move to editing. Listen for some pointers.A new podcast is available each Wednesday morning on the Tampa Bay Times’ website, SoundCloud and iTunes.
Published: 06/14/18
When Fuji Scoggins, 84, moved into the three-story Victorian home on the road to Cedar Key, she had no idea about the history of the house -- or the hero who once lived there. {MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times]

The last house in Rosewood

ROSEWOOD — The house went on the market at the end of May — a three-story Victorian with stained-glass windows, surrounded by 35 acres. But there’s no sign in the yard.A state plaque is out on the road to Cedar Key,...
Published: 06/06/18
Updated: 06/07/18
Lane DeGregory's writing process is fueled by distractions and Diet Coke.

Episode 25: The writing process

In this week’s episode, the conversation turns to the steps from idea to draft. A new podcast is available each Wednesday morning on the Tampa Bay Times’ website,...
Published: 06/06/18
Times enterprise reporter Leonora LaPeter Anton, center, joins the podcast to talk about her career path.

Episode 24: Different paths

Tampa Bay Times reporter Leonora LaPeter Anton joins this week’s podcast. The conversation involves career paths to roles on the Times’ enterprise team.Click here:
Updated one month ago
Mourners attend the funeral of Phoebe Jonchuck at the Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church. [JAY CONNER / Times]

Episode 23: The long fall of Phoebe Jonchuck

Today’s podcast is about a heartbreaking story that told of a girl’s death at her father’s hands.Read the story here:
Updated one month ago
Newton Murray, 99, diligently reported for work sweeping the parking lots at Bama Sea Products in St. Petersburg for more than 30 years. Even when the business changed hands, and the new owners told him they weren't hiring, he explained that he'd been there so long that he came with the building. [MELISSA LYTTLE/Times]

Episode 22: Mr. Newton

Today’s podcast features a conversation with students at Ohio University. They ask about a profile of a man named Newton Murray, who at 99 was still working for a local seafood company.Read the story here:
Updated one month ago
Lane and Tucker DeGregory record an episode of WriteLane. [DANESE KENON/Times]

Episode 21: A family of storytellers

Today’s episode - in honor of Mother’s Day - features Tucker DeGregory, one of Lane’s sons. Tucker is a theater major at Northwestern, and mother and son share a love of storytelling.A new podcast is available each...
Updated one month ago
Lane DeGregory's dog Dakota inspired a personal essay.

Episode 20: Coaching your editor, part two

Today’s podcast continues the conversation from last week about what reporters need from their editors.A new podcast is available each Wednesday morning on the Times’ website, SoundCloud and iTunes.
Updated: 2 months ago
The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore broadcasts from the Days Inn at Panama City Beach during a storm in 2004. [Lane DeGregory/TIMES]

Episode 19: Coaching your editor, part one

Today’s podcast offers lessons for editors on what reporters need.A new podcast is available each Wednesday morning on the Times’ website, SoundCloud and iTunes.
Updated: 2 months ago