Stephanie Hayes, Deputy Editor, Features

Stephanie Hayes

Deputy Editor, Features

When I say I’ve had almost every gig at the Tampa Bay Times, I mean it. I left my job at a mall CD store many moons ago to work here, stocking the bathroom with Lysol and distributing faxes. These days, I’m Deputy Editor, Features, overseeing arts, entertainment and culture coverage for the Times. I’ve covered everything from local governments to higher education to nightlife, originated the Epilogue obituary feature and was performing arts critic. My passion is the creative side of life, and how arts and culture inform humanity. I’m co-host of the Times’ Life of the Party podcast, a stepmom, fledgling novelist, amateur makeup artist and avid hoster of shindigs with too much food. Find me in Dunedin, coolest town in Florida.

Life of the Party podcast: How to cut back on fast fashion

Danielle Ferrari, owner of Valhalla Resale in Seminole Heights. Photo courtesy of Danielle Ferrari.
Danielle Ferrari talks about resale, rentals and swaps as a way to help the world. Plus, Emmy nominations are out, the new 007 is a woman of color and Pottery Barn has Friends furniture.

Life of the Party podcast: 20 questions for a food critic

MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesHelen Freund, Tampa Bay Times food critic, posed for a portrait on July 3, 2019 at The Library in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Tampa Bay Times’ new food critic Helen Freund tells us her favorite foods, what she’s binge watching and more. Plus, we dish on Taylor Swift, Aziz Ansari and The Little Mermaid.

Is Party in the U.S.A. one of the best songs of the century?

CHRIS URSO  | Times
Miley Cyrus performs during her Tampa stop of the Wonder World Tour Dec. 1, 2009 in Tampa.
Ernest Hooper thinks so. We let him explain.

Life of the Party podcast: How to act right in a museum

PATTY YABLONSKI | TimesLashonda Curry, manager of communications and public relations at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, takes in A Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection in April.
A crash course on museum etiquette, from taking photos (mostly fine) to touching the art (not mostly fine).

Spotted: MTV's 'Floribama Shore' crew filming on Central Avenue in St. Pete

ALLIE GOULDING | Times
MTV's Floribama Shore films at Five Bucks Drinkery on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in St. Petersburg. The crew filmed at different locations on Central Avenue.
They were at Five Bucks Drinkery.