Lane DeGregory, Enterprise Reporter

Lane DeGregory

Enterprise Reporter

I am a listener, a writer, a podcaster. I love embedding in strangers’ lives and sharing their stories. When I was 6 years old, growing up in D.C. during the Watergate scandal, I told my parents I was going to be a journalist. I was editor of the newspaper at the University of Virginia, then worked in newsrooms across the East Coast. Over the last 30 years, I have written more than 3,000 stories. I came to the Times in 2000 and have followed a feral child who was adopted, a girl whose dad dropped her off a bridge and a dying boy waiting for his miracle. I’ve won dozens of national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. I’m also a mother, a dog lover and die-hard Deadhead.

Lane DeGregory podcast: Episode 71 - Five more reasons

One of the best reasons to go into journalism? Oh, the places you'll go. Here, Tampa Bay Times photographer Monica Herndon, who also produces the WriteLane podcast, gets a wild ride. (Photo courtesy of Skytypers)
Recently on the podcast, we tackled a question from a college journalism student who asked for

Was it wrong to let jurors talk to witnesses in the Jonchuck trial?

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Florida law allows for questions but specifies that they should be in writing

Lane DeGregory podcast: Episode 70 - Insane or evil?

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On this week’s episode, we discuss coverage of the murder trial of John Jonchuck, the man who dropped his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe, off a bridge one January night in...

John Jonchuck guilty of first-degree murder in 2015 death of his daughter, Phoebe

Defendant John Jonchuck stares straight ahead in court Monday as a video is shown of him being questioned by police the night his daughter was murdered in 2015. His defense lawyers played the video for jurors.  (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)
The verdict comes four years after the horrific morning when the region awoke to the inconceivable news that a father had dropped his daughter off the Dick Misener Bridge.

If he wasn’t insane, John Jonchuck’s mother says ‘he deserves to rot in f------ hell’

A photograph of Phoebe Jonchuck is shown to the jury as Michele Jonchuck, back, looks toward her son, John Jonchuck, in court during his murder trial. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
‘Only God knows if he did it on purpose,' she says after jury convicts him of first-degree murder.