Philip Morgan, Times Staff

Philip Morgan

Times Staff

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.

Donohue, Chambers and Schisler start terms on the Temple Terrace City Council

James Chambers thanks his wife during a city council meeting at the Temple Terrace City Hall on November 20, 2018 in Temple Terrace.
Cheri Donohue,James Chambers and Gil Schisler are sworn in to four-year terms on the Temple Terrace City Council as family, friends and other residents applaud.

Florida House 57: Mike Beltran headed to victory over Debbie Katt

The Florida House District 57 race pits Republican Michael Beltran (left) against Democrat Debbie Katt. (Times files)
The district encompasses a swath of Hillsborough County that includes Riverview, Gibsonton, Apollo Beach, Sun City Center and Wimauma.

Temple Terrace Council: Incumbent Cheri Donohue wins re-election

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Newcomers Gil Schisler and James Chambers take two other open seats

Temple Terrace charter amendments approved by voters

Temple Terrace voters were presented with three proposed charter amendments that would change the way government works. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]
City Council structure will change, as will ability to serve indefinitely

Mike Beltran, Debbie Katt face off for Florida House District 57: What you need to know

The Florida House District 57 race pits Republican Michael Beltran (left) against Democrat Debbie Katt. (Times files)
Republican Mike Beltran and Democrat Debbie Katt are competing to replace retired Republican state Rep. Jake Rayburn.