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Waveney Ann Moore, Times Staff Writer

Waveney Ann Moore

Waveney Ann Moore is a general assignment reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. She covers a wide range of topics in the metropolitan area, most recently the debate over the future of the St. Petersburg Pier.

She was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for "For Their Own Good," about abuse at Florida's oldest reform school. The series won the Dart Award for covering trauma, the Casey Medal for exemplary reporting on children and families and first place for nondeadline reporting in the 2010 Green Eyeshade competition run by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Moore was also a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer as part of a team that covered the story of the Rev. Henry Lyons, former head of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A.

She's a former reporter for the Kansas City Star.

Born in Guyana, on the northern coast of South America, she is a naturalized American citizen.

Phone: (727) 892-2283

Email: wmoore@tampabay.com

  1. Calming traffic in Snell Isle, Northeast Park neighborhoods

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Long-delayed improvements to two dangerous thoroughfares in the city's northern neighborhoods are under way.

    The work, totaling almost a million dollars, will give relief to a stretch on Snell Isle known for speeders and an area abutting the Northeast Park Shopping Center where fatal accidents have occurred.

    Scott Willis, president of the Northeast Park Neighborhood Association, said it is "fantastic" that after a six-year effort the streets adjacent to the shopping center will be safer....

    Traffic lights and a crosswalk will be added where 38th and 39th avenues meet at the realigned main the entrance of the Northeast Park Shopping Center, home to a popular Publix.
  2. New study on St. Petersburg Pier offers few new findings

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A new study about how the Pier should be used, and what would make the most financial and practical sense, appears to validate many of the recent findings of a citizens group.

    The $17,000 analysis by Lambert Advisory of Miami examined economic, demographic and real estate trends in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County to come up with its recommendations, but offers little that is different from those presented to the Pier Advisory Task Force in 2010. ...

    A new study about how the Pier should be used and what would make the most financial and practical sense in its redevelopment appears to validate many of the recent findings of a citizens group.
  3. Bishop Lynch optimistic after Vatican meeting on divorced and gay Catholics


    ST. PETERSBURG — For more than a year, Susan Portal and her husband, Paul, attended Sunday Mass, but were not allowed to receive communion, the central sacrament of the Catholic Church.

    The couple had been waiting for his marriage to be annulled by a church tribunal and they married in a civil ceremony so they could bring his son, Luke, then 9, into their home. But marrying outside the church after a divorce barred them from the sacrament....

    Pope Francis talks to prelates Saturday at the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican.
  4. Poynter Institute will host African journalists denied by USF St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — A group of African journalists whose visit to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg was canceled because of Ebola fears has found another host.

    The Poynter Institute announced Tuesday that it will welcome the 12 journalists, none of whom come from countries affected by the virus.

    "Poynter has a long history and tradition of inclusion, it has a long history of training journalists, both here and abroad, and I think in that spirit, it's something we can and should do at Poynter," said Tim Franklin, president of the Poynter Institute, in a press release....

  5. New study reiterates viability of inverted pyramid for St. Petersburg Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A new engineering study delivers good news to those who have fought to save the inverted pyramid and to the design teams planning to reuse the iconic structure in the city's latest version of its Tampa Bay landmark.

    According to the $7,500 engineering study by the Structures Group of Tampa, the 1973 structure stands up well to the state's current structural building codes, which went through an extensive update after Hurricane Andrew....

  6. State House District 70 race pits incumbent against newcomer


    They might be loathe to admit it, but Democrat Darryl Rouson and no-party candidate Philip Garrett share similarities in their approach to the state House District 70 race.

    Both talk about focusing on youth, education and jobs. Their positions, though, differ on the proposed constitutional amendment to permit medical marijuana in Florida. Garrett supports it. Rouson does not, taking the opposite side of its zealous proponent, prominent lawyer John Morgan, for whose firm he once worked....

  7. St. Petersburg Lutheran congregation installs openly gay pastor


    ST. PETERSBURG — The former monk took his place in the procession with a bishop and other clergy into the Gothic revival-style church.

    For the Rev. Paul Gibson, his steps toward the candlelit altar and past the illuminated German-made stained glass windows at Trinity Lutheran Church marked the culmination of a circuitous and sometimes painful quest.

    On Saturday, Gibson, an opera singer turned monk, turned Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor, officially became the spiritual leader of the 113-year-old downtown congregation....

    The Rev. Gibson, 50, meets with members of the congregation after the service. He was ordained in August.
  8. State House of Representatives: District 70


    State House | District 70

    Darryl E. Rouson won office in a special election in 2008 and has held the seat since. The St. Petersburg Democrat faces a challenge from Philip Garrett, a no-party candidate who works at the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser's Office. Justin M. Bauford also is running as a write-in candidate. By Waveney Ann Moore, Times staff writer

    Darryl E. Rouson, 59...

    Candidate for Florida State Representative, Philip Garrett  (CQ)
  9. Sheriff's recovery program offers addicts another chance

    Human Interest


    Dwight Tully believes this is his last chance.

    He has been a cocaine and heroin addict most of his life, sampled dozens of rehab programs and been arrested 20 times since fleeing the wrath of a drug dealer he robbed in Massachusetts almost two decades ago.

    "I was a very bad person," he said, telling his story in a house he rents on a street off Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. "My last brush with the law was counterfeiting."...

    Dwight Tully, 55, recently completed a Sheriff’s Office substance abuse program. Here, he serves dinner to his dad, Paul Tully, 85.
  10. St. Petersburg City Council keeping tabs on Pier process

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — As Mayor Rick Kriseman's plans for delivering a new or renovated Pier to the waterfront proceed, City Council members are keeping a watchful eye on the process.

    They will be the ones authorizing the money for the project that had its original $50 million budget dip to $46 million after the failed attempt to construct the unpopular Lens design.

    Today the council will be asked to approve the selection of Skanska USA Building as construction manager at risk for the project. The firm would evaluate concepts proposed by eight design teams competing for the project and perform a cost analysis of each. Skanska would be paid $50,000, and the city would later negotiate an agreement for a maximum price for preconstruction and construction services. ...

  11. St. Vincent de Paul homeless outreach programs grow, but not without challenges

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Michael Raposa was ecstatic when the news he'd known for weeks was made official.

    St. Vincent de Paul, the agency he leads, was getting another $6 million to help homeless and at-risk veterans, bringing the total amount of federal grants the agency will receive this year to $9 million. Though the largest sum, it's not the only government funding the agency will get in coming months....

  12. St. Petersburg's Pier selection committee narrows field to eight finalists

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The 16 design teams vying to build a new Pier were whittled to eight on Friday, and the odds seem to favor a concept that would save the inverted pyramid.

    Six of the eight finalists plan to reuse the iconic 1973 structure in their bid for the $46 million project.

    The finalists will each receive $30,000 to create a concept in the next 10 weeks. The selection committee will evaluate them in January. ...

    Six of the eight finalists vying to build a new Pier plan to reuse the iconic inverted pyramid in their design.
  13. Yom Kippur is a time for forgiveness in Jewish faith



    For weeks, Barbara Mazer Gross rehearsed the prayer whose powerful message and moving melody mark the beginning of Yom Kippur, the most sacred day of the Jewish calendar.

    As has been her custom for several years, the classically trained vocalist will sing the Kol Nidre at St. Petersburg's Temple Beth-El. "It is a moment of reflection in the service," she said.

    The Kol Nidre, said Temple Beth-El Rabbi Michael Torop, is the most solemn prayer of the High Holy Days, the 10-day period that began with Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and ends Saturday with Yom Kippur. The prayer will usher in Yom Kippur at sundown tonight....

    Quartet members Marty Angiulli and Suzanne McCormick of Tampa join in rehearsal Thursday at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg for tonight’s Kol Nidre service, the start of Yom Kippur.
  14. St. Vincent de Paul gets $6 million to help struggling veterans

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — St. Vincent de Paul, best known for feeding the poor and homeless at its facility on the edge of downtown, will receive an additional $6 million from the federal government to help homeless and financially struggling veterans and their families.

    Tuesday's announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs brings to $9 million the grants the charity has been awarded in recent weeks. The money is part of a multimillion-dollar national effort to help end homelessness among veterans. ...

    SP_320469_BORC_naystvincent_1 (3/22/10) (St. Petersburg, FL) Homeless people sit outside the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Center of Hope in St. Petersburg Monday, March 22, 2010. Recently the city put up no parking signs around the center to discourage homeless people from sleeping in their cars.
  15. New program at Lakewood High School aims to fight obesity


    ST. PETERSBURG — It was lunchtime, but inside the Lakewood High School gym, freshmen were lining up for blood pressure checks, stepping on scales, being measured for height and learning their body mass index numbers.

    It was all part of a program in which Lakewood High School and All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine have teamed up to combat obesity and promote healthy lifestyles....

    Nurse Julie Pham checks the blood pressure of freshman Daishanna Reaves, 14, on Friday at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg. The school is part of a new program for students designed to combat obesity and promote healthy lifestyles.