Leonora LaPeter Anton, Times Staff

Leonora LaPeter Anton

Times Staff

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.

A girl was left at Penn Station when she was 4 years old. After 40 years, she is reunited with her family in Florida.

Mika Cheesman (in white dress) embraces her sister, Vivian Jackson, for the first time after being reunited with family in Treasure Island, Fla. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times]
TREASURE ISLAND -- Mika Cheesman clenched her hands as she sat down recently with a private investigator. She’d flown from the state of Washington, to a house on the beach, to find out who she...