Saturday, February 24, 2018

Writers

Leonora LaPeter Anton

Leonora LaPeter Anton

Leonora LaPeter Anton is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter on the Tampa Bay Times’ enterprise team. Her stories veer toward the unusual: a surrogate mother who can’t get pregnant, an old man with dementia who faces arson charges, a couple who lose everything to divorce court. She grew up in Westport, Conn., and Athens, Greece and studied journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2016, she was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for a series of stories on violence at Florida's underfunded mental hospitals. She has worked for the Okeechobee News, the Island Packet on Hilton Head Island, S.C., the Tallahassee Democrat and the Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Ga. She joined the Times in 2000. She lives in St. Petersburg with her husband, and her daughter is a student at her alma mater.



MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Evelyn Robinson posed for a portrait in St. Petersburg, Fla. on November 17, 2017. Robinson was raped at 17 years old in 1969 in St. Petersburg. She returned to the corner where she called the police for this portrait.

Gang raped at 17. Therapy at 65.

It’s March 29, 1969. Evelyn Robinson is 17, and she has just won a beauty contest. She’s walking to her sister’s house in south St. Petersburg late at night, when a man she barely knows offers her a ride. It starts to drizzle, the...
Updated: 2 months ago
Terry Power reads aloud from the final judgment of his divorce from Murielle Fournier after it arrived in the mail. His girlfriend,  Dee Dee Trott, reacts to Murielle being allowed to stay in the marital home. [Times (2013)]

Years later, pain, scars of ugly divorce battle linger

In 2013, the Tampa Bay Times wrote about Terry Power, a retirement plan consultant whose runaway divorce took five years, four judges, six lawyers and more than $400,000 to resolve.When the case was finally over, Power had declared bankruptcy,...
Updated: 2 months ago
Randy Lee Gozzard of St. Petersburg. Courtesy of Gozzard's family.

‘He was a dedicated and loving husband’: St. Petersburg man killed in Ohio hunting accident

Randy Lee Gozzard of St. Petersburg showed up for the opening day of deer hunting season in northeast Ohio on Nov. 27, as he did just about every year of his life. At about 2 p.m., his three friends heard several shots."They started yelling for...
Updated: 3 months ago
Angelica Rosario of St. Petersburg has spent months looking for work and hoping for an opportunity. LENORA LAPETER ANTON  |   Times

Encounters: An application, an interview, fingers crossed

In the previous five months, she'd tried to find work as an administrative assistant, a receptionist, a fast-food cashier, a hostess, a telemarketer, a saleswoman. She'd applied for 74 jobs, gone on dozens of interviews. At least twice, she'd been...
Updated: 5 months ago
Doug Earle, the last board member of the Jamison building at Town Shores of Gulfport to stay behind during Hurricane Irma, took care of his neighbors through and after the storm. [Photo by Barbara Bohen]

After Irma, a man on a mission

At the Jamison building at Town Shores of Gulfport, Doug Earle rose from a 15-minute nap Tuesday and headed down to the first floor to check on an elderly neighbor. As the last board member to stay behind during Hurricane Irma, Earle felt a...
Updated: 5 months ago