Philip Morgan, Tampa Reporter

Philip Morgan

Tampa Reporter

I am nearing my 50th year as a reporter, and I feel as enthusiastic about the job now as I did when I began. I started at the Lakeland Ledger a month after graduating from the University of Florida’s college of journalism in 1970. I moved to the Tampa Tribune in 1972 and worked there for 36 years. I covered poverty and welfare, courts and spent two years on the investigative reporting desk before becoming a feature writer, a job I did for 30 years. I joined the Tampa Bay Times (then the St. Petersburg Times) in 2010. I cover Hillsborough news for the regional editions of the Times with a special emphasis on the City of Temple Terrace.

USF professors take sides over Mayor Mel Jurado and her diploma-mill doctorate

Temple Terrace City Council meetings have become regular forums for citizens to criticize and defend Mayor Mel Jurado over discrepancies in her academic background. Among those weighing in are retired professors from the University of South Florida. [Times (2018)]
The retired psychology chairman complained about one professor to the university provost over her defense of the mayor’s dissertation.

Challengers take on established incumbents in three Tampa City Council races

Tampa City Council member Charlie Miranda, who is running for re-election in District 2. [City of Tampa]
The candidates say city’s needs too great to maintain status quo

Mayor Mel Jurado defends credentials, says she’s still looking for missing master’s degree

Mayor Mel Jurado, shown during a Nov. 20 Temple Terrace City Council meeting, did more than the work necessary, according to a retired USF professor,  on a Ph.D. dissertation she wrote for a diploma mill. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]
The Temple Terrace leader said she has no plans to resign. “I did not lie, I did not deceive,” she told a packed meeting audience Tuesday.

2019 Florida State Fair returns to Tampa today

The Florida State Fair, which features the largest midway in the country, runs from Feb. 7 through Feb. 18.  (Photo courtesy of Florida State Fair)
Lady Houdini will free herself from a tank of water, a racing pig named Kim Kardashi-ham will vie for a gold medal and visitors will be able to sample bizarre food from Feb. 7 through Feb. 18 at the.

Funeral director Dick Stowers, jokester and lifelong champion of Brandon, dead at 89

Dick Stowers left his mark as a booster for all things Brandon ? a lifelong commitment that prompted the Hillsborough County School Board to name Stowers Elementary in his honor in 2008. [Times files]
“He was the benefactor for just about anything to do with the community, especially children,’’ said friend Mark Vargo,