Saturday, February 17, 2018

Writers

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.



Austin Erickson allowed the Times' Lane DeGregory to come along as he went Valentine's Day shopping for his girlfriend. [MELISSA LYTTLE   |   Times]

Today’s WriteLane podcast: Quick hits

Today’s WriteLane is about quick hits.The weekly podcast features Lane DeGregory, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, discussing her stories and answering questions. The focus is on craft.In this week’s...
Published: 02/14/18
Anthony Roy is comforted by his attorney, Lee Pearlman, as they listen to Margie Mills, far right, talk about her slain son, Bernard Richards. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]

Killer who said he’d been bullied, threatened by drug dealer has his day in court

CLEARWATER — Anthony James Roy was facing a first-degree murder charge, looking at life in prison.But if he had the right jury, if he could tell people about the man he killed — this homeless guy who had hung out in his back yard for two years,...
Updated one month ago
Anthony Roy is comforted by his attorney, Lee Pearlman, as they listen to Margie Mills, far right, talk about her slain son, Bernard Richards. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]

Killer who said he’d been bullied, threatened by drug dealer has his day in court

CLEARWATER - Anthony James Roy was facing a first-degree murder charge, looking at life in prison.But if he had the right jury, if he could tell people about the man he killed -- this homeless guy who had hung out in his backyard for two years,...
Updated one month ago
For years, Zeke stayed close to Gerald Rittinger and let others know when Gerald was struggling with health issues, like low blood sugar caused by his diabetes. SCOTT KEELER   |   TIMES

St. Pete man and dog were constant companions, in life and now in death

ST. PETERSBURG -- For more than a decade, Gerald Rittinger’s dog kept him alive.The Air Force veteran died on Dec. 3 at age 77. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, who said she would have lost him 14 years earlier if not for their yellow...
Updated: 2 months ago
S.J. Camfield, left, and his brother, Gray, grew up with the family fern and now keep it protected.

My grandfather’s fern: A living legacy

MIAMI - When my sister moved from Miami to Vermont last summer, she took our grandmother’s rocking chair and another grandmother’s crocheted doilies.But she had to leave behind our family’s most prized possession.For 50 years, through...
Updated: 2 months ago
LARA CERRI   |   Times. 
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10 years later, what became of the girl in the window?

In 2007, a Florida family adopted a feral child. The girl, who was almost 9, had been kept in a dark, filthy room, surrounded by silence for most of her life. She couldn’t talk, make eye contact or eat solid food. No one knew if she would...
Updated: 3 months ago
From left, Linda Felton, 66, with her sister Cherylene Levy, after their brother's funeral at Allen Temple AME Church in Tampa on Saturday. Their brother Ronald Felton, 60, is the fourth victim in the Seminole Heights murders. (ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times)

‘I just hope they find that killer’: Family, friends mourn Seminole Heights murder victim

YBOR CITY — After the funeral, no one wanted to leave.The afternoon sun was bright Saturday, baking the parking lot at Allen Temple AME Church. But dozens of friends and family stood outside telling jokes, sharing stories about Ronald Felton.
Updated: 3 months ago
CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
The former home of Anthony Roy at 1500 S Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Clearwater, FL. on March 29, 2017.  The home sits on the SW corner of Martin Luther King Jr Ave and Woodlawn St, at right,  The Clearwater Police Substation is on right across Woodlawn St.

What would drive a man to shoot someone 17 times?

Anthony Roy and his wife retired to Clearwater to escape the violence in Washington, D.C. They moved into a house owned by his mother, and they loved it there. Then uninvited guests started loitering in their back yard and dealing drugs. They...
Updated: 3 months ago
Emma Couture performs during a high school benefit she organized for Broadway Cares. Courtesy of Anne Lynch

Epilogue: The Divine Miss Em - loud, proud and Broadway-bound

ST. PETERSBURG – You could never sing solo, when Emma Couture was around. Even if you were humming softly to yourself, she would jump in and belt along. That girl couldn’t remember to turn in her biology homework, but she knew every word to...
Updated: 3 months ago
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: 5 months ago