Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Writers

Lisa Gartner

Lisa Gartner

Lisa Gartner is a writer on the enterprise team at the Tampa Bay Times. In 2016, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for "Failure Factories," a series chronicling how a local school system turned five once-decent neighborhood schools into the worst in the state for black children. The series also won Gartner the Livingston Award for Young Journalists, the George Polk Award for Education Reporting, the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal, among other honors. Gartner, who joined the Times in 2013, has also been recognized at the national and state levels for her feature writing, beat coverage and breaking news reporting. She grew up in Wellington, Fla., and attended Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. After graduating in 2010, she joined The Washington Examiner to report on education in the D.C. metro area. At the Times, Gartner covered Pinellas County Schools and higher education before joining the enterprise team in 2016. She lives in St. Petersburg, and is always looking for a good story to tell.



From the newest tower in the Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club, the view of downtown St. Petersburg is to the left, and the original 1925 building is at right. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

The old Vinoy, the battle to save it and the power of legacy

ST. PETERSBURG - The tours start late morning in the lobby of the hotel, guests gathering around a docent named Shirley Barbel. On this particular morning, Shirley explains, there is a conference of insurance agents laying claim to the Pepto-pink...
Updated one month ago
From the newest tower in the Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club, the view of downtown St. Petersburg is to the left, and the original 1925 building is at right. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

The old Vinoy, the battle to save it and the power of legacy

ST. PETERSBURG — The tours start late morning in the lobby of the hotel, guests gathering around a docent named Shirley Barbel. On this particular morning, Shirley explains, there is a conference of insurance agents laying claim to the Pepto-pink...
Updated one month ago
Adam Burchenal, general manager of Cee Bee's, inherited the farm from his grandfather, Bill Burchenal. Now, he's getting ready to close the family business. [GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES | Times]

Florida scientists are working to solve greening. They were too late for Cee Bee’s.

ODESSA - The trees were so heavy with oranges that their limbs stooped to the ground, the scent of their blossoms distracting drivers who rolled their windows down. Their branches were so thick with leaves and clumped with fruit that deer would...
Updated one month ago
GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES   |   Times
A Honeybell orange hangs from a tree affected by Citrus Greening in Cee Bee's Citrus' orchard on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in Odessa, FL. Citrus Greening is a top-bottom disease, where the leaves and the roots are inhibited in delivering nutrients to the plant. Cee Bee's plans to close after blueberry season ends, at the end of April 2018.

Time runs out for last grove

ODESSAThe trees were so heavy with oranges that their limbs stooped to the ground, the scent of their blossoms distracting drivers who rolled their windows down. Their branches were so thick with leaves and clumped with fruit that deer would...
Updated one month ago
Melissa Falkowski returns to her classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Thursday, eight days after 17 people were killed at the school. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times]

She’s taught at the Parkland high school for 14 years. Can she go back?

PARKLAND — She was afraid of what it would feel like, but she needed to know, so Melissa Falkowski pulled into the faculty parking lot. She took a deep breath in through her nose and climbed out of her car. She was back, in front of Marjory Stoneman...
Updated: 4 months ago
Erin Jackson competes in the women's 500 meters during the U.S. Olympic long track speedskating trials in January. [AP Photo/John Locher]

From Ocala to the Olympics: Five things to know about Florida’s newest speedskater

If there’s anyone among us who hasn’t dreamed of taking up a sport and, within months, becoming a champion, then please stand up and see yourself out, while the rest of us try not to be too jealous of Erin Jackson.Because that’s exactly what...
Updated: 4 months ago
Adam Sheppard, a social worker with Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services, helps a teen as part of a new program to try to keep juveniles from reoffending. Among other things, he helps the teen with his court appearances as well as a plan for getting his GED. He also helped the boy and his grandmother find housing.   DIRK SHADD   |   Times

Hot Wheels: Trying to turn around juvenile car thieves, one case at a time

LARGOThey knew something had gone wrong, but they weren’t sure what, climbing back into the car outside the courthouse. The kid had his phone pressed to his ear; he was trying to reach his probation officer. It rang and rang but she didn’t pick...
Updated: 6 months ago