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 79 - In the beginning

Tom French's Pulitzer Prize-winning story, Angels and Demons, drew readers in through the investigators' years-long search for a killer.
Where to start? Most writers struggle with getting it just right. Here are pointers for how to get to better beginnings.A new episode of

Lane DeGregory podcast: Episode 78 - From issue to idea

Rep. Anna Eskamani, standing in the center, and Rep. Mike Hill, sitting two rows ahead, are on opposite sides of the abortion debate. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Tampa Bay Times reporter Claire McNeill joins the podcast to discuss her recent story on the

Lane DeGregory podcast: Episode 77 - A fatherís saga, told from overseas

Kirk Vail finally got to visit France in September 2014, when he celebrated the liberation of the town his dad had been stationed in 70 years earlier. He got to walk the beach where his dad's St. Petersburg-based Coast Guard fleet landed and meet Andre Krieg, the man who had kept his dad's photo on his wall for all those years. [Image courtesy Kirk Vail]
For the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we revisit a story told on the 70th anniversary. It is about two men who discovered things about their veteran father that they’d never known while..

Lane DeGregory podcast: Episode 75 - Nieman Storyboard

Jacqui Banaszynski of the Nieman Storyboard joins the WriteLane podcast.
Jacqui Banaszynski, editor of the Nieman Storyboard, joins the podcast this week. Banaszynski is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter,..

Lane DeGregory podcast: Episode 74 - People in the shadows

Newton Murray, while in his 90s, worked diligently sweeping the parking lots at Bama Sea Products in St. Petersburg. Times (2013)
Journalists spend a lot of time writing about politicians, athletes and others who live in the spotlight, but people who don’t generally make headlines sometimes are the most...