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: Talking Hallmark movies and Days of Our Lives with Shawn Christian

Shawn Christian and Betsy Graver in Hallmark's Love in the Sun. Photo by Rod Millington, Crown Media.
The actor and writer’s Love in the Sun was filmed for the Hallmark Channel in Tampa Bay. But local fans recognized him from Days of Our Lives, too.

Life of the Party Podcast: The Kristin Chenoweth interview

Award-winning performer Kristin Chenoweth stops by Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Friday. [Krista Schlueter]
The award-winning performer talks being a nice person in show business, shares her thoughts on Doris Day and tells us why 'Game of Thrones' helps her fall asleep.

Life of the Party podcast: I'm a vegan. Ask me anything.

This Jan. 11, 2019, file photo shows the Impossible Burger, a plant-based burger containing wheat protein, coconut oil and potato protein among it's ingredients in Bellevue, Neb. [Associated Press]
Our guest ranks the Impossible Burger, talks vegan snacks and suggests vegan restaurants in Tampa Bay and beyond. Plus, we recap the Met Gala!

We want more arts reporting in Tampa Bay. Here’s what we plan to do about it.

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Students from Patricia Sullivan Partnership School practice ballet Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 at the school in Tampa.
Like many newsrooms, the Tampa Bay Times has endured industry changes. Here’s how we’re going to start the conversation around the arts and move forward.

Life of the Party podcast: How to throw cutthroat competition theme parties with tribal councils

Scott Pollenz throws one of his famous theme parties. Courtesy of Scott Pollenz.
The Life of the Party podcast welcomes Scott Pollenz for expertise on planning a theme party that will have everyone vying for total friendship domination. And we dive into the important part of...