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.

State attorney’s office reviewing 1975 murder case recently featured in Times series

Tommy Ziegler, pictured around the time of the murders at his family furniture store in Winter Garden. File photo
Tommy Zeigler has been on death row since 1976. The state has rejected his repeated requests for DNA testing.