Leonora LaPeter Anton, Enterprise Reporter

Leonora LaPeter Anton

Enterprise Reporter

As a child, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I found my way to journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I worked at a series of smaller newspapers before coming to the Times, where I was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for exposing violence at Florida's underfunded mental hospitals. When I’m reporting, I channel the old TV detective Columbo. My stories often veer toward the unusual: a surrogate mother who can’t get pregnant or an old man with dementia who faces arson charges. I love writing on my back porch, decorating for each holiday and spending time with my daughter, who attends my alma mater.

Inside the Terri Schiavo case: Pinellas judge who decided her fate opens up

A 3-year-old boy blocks the sun from his eyes while holding a protest sign in New Port Richey. Fifteen protestors showed up when Judge George Greer was honored in 2005 with an award from the West Pasco Bar Association. Times (2005)
George Greer looks back on the fight over her life, the fear for his safety and the lessons of the case

In Florida, the fight over alimony can be brutal

Jan Killilea of Boca Raton, at left, and Kelly Jarvis of Tarpon Springs help Blake Taylor out of the Clearwater courthouse after her divorce hearing in March. Killilea started the First Wives Advocacy Group for women struggling with alimony and divorce. [LEONORA LaPETER ANTON   |   Times]
First wives, ex-husbands clash with each other and battle over reforming divorce laws

The divorce from hell isnt over yet and may be getting worse

Terry Power videoconferences with his girlfriend, Delores Trott, in February, after he'd left for Georgia. JOHN PENDYGRAFT    |   Times
Years after the bitter end, shes reopened the case for alimony, and hes fled the state