Friday, November 17, 2017


Lane DeGregory

Lane DeGregory

Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times feature writer 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.

For 10 years, she wrote news and feature stories for the Virginian-Pilot, based in Norfolk, Va. In 2000, Lane moved to Florida to write for the Times. She's married to a drummer, Dan DeGregory, and they have two teenage sons, Ryland and Tucker.

Lane's stories have appeared in the Best Newspaper Writing editions of 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008. She has taught journalism at the University of South Florida - St. Petersburg, been a speaker at the Nieman Narrative Conference at Harvard University and has won dozens of national awards, including the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.

Other awards include:

2014: Finalist, American Society of Newspaper Editors Batten Medal for portfolio.

2012: Finalist, American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for nondeadline writing.

2011: Inducted as a Fellow with the Society of Professional Journalists for lifetime achievement.

2010: Winner, American Society of Newspaper Editors Batten Medal for portfolio.

2009: Winner, National Headliner Award for feature writing.

2008: Winner, American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for nondeadline writing.

2007: Winner, Ernie Pyle Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation for human interest writing.

Jahayra Torrelli, 37, and her two kids, Mateo, 1 and Luca, 3, (far right) bring snacks and water to the linemen working at the end of their street in a Clearwater neighborhood on Wednesday. Duke Energy spokeswoman Peveeta Persaud thanked them. (LARA CERRI   |   Times)

Trees down. Wires dangling. Power's out. Linemen to the rescue.

CLEARWATER — The tree fell late Sunday. An enormous cedar, at least 40 feet tall, with branches blanketing two back yards.The trunk, as wide as a couch, crushed a chain-link fence. The limbs tangled in power lines, wrestling them to the...
Updated: 2 months ago
Querubin Jara Jr., 11, plays with his family’s pet ducks Monday in front of their badly damaged trailer in southern Collier County. Irma made landfall Sunday as a Category 3 hurricane.

After a graze from Hurricane Irma, Tampa Bay will remember the emotional toll

Irma left mess in Tampa Bay, thrashed Keys, swamped Jacksonville.
Updated: 2 months ago
O'Maddy's Bar & Grille was open for business bright and early Monday morning. (Photo by Dan DeGregory)

In Gulfport: Storm has passed, bar's open

Times Staff Writer GULFPORT -- Street signs blew down, tree limbs crushed fences and Spanish moss blanketed the town. But the roads were clear, just puddles even down by the beach.So at 8 a.m. on Monday, bartender Sally Douglas...
Updated: 2 months ago
Maddy Lee, 19, and her parents had to evacuate their Zone B home in Edgewood Saturday night at 7 p.m. Sunday morning, when her dad, John Lee, went back to turn off the power, he saw the garage door was open. Someone had broken the lock on the kitchen window, climbed inside, and ransacked the house.

Family's home raided after Irma evacuation (down to the coconut cake)

ST. PETERSBURG — Maddy Lee, 19, and her parents had to evacuate their Zone B home in Edgemoor Saturday night at 7 p.m. They moved into her aunt's two-bedroom house in Gladden Park with 10 other people, four dogs and a cat.Sunday morning,...
Updated: 2 months ago
Chris Walls, 44, of St. Petersburg feeds injured pelicans and other birds that will stay and weather the storm at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary on Indian Shores. In anticipation of Hurricane Irma's arrival Walls added an extra 50 pounds of fish to the meal in case the sanctuary staff won't be able to get back on the barrier island to feed the birds during the storm.

The plight of the pelicans: Nowhere to go

INDIAN SHORES - In the front of the sanctuary, all the aviaries are empty.Grace, the great-horned owl; a golden pheasant named Donald; Isis, the red-tailed hawk with one eye, all went home with volunteers who offered to shelter them from the...
Updated: 2 months ago