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

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  1. St. Petersburg Free Clinic program faces allegations of racism

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg Free Clinic, highly regarded for its decades of work with the poor, is being accused of racism at its shelter for homeless women.

    Several African-American women have accused the director of the clinic's 20-bed Women's Residence of giving preferential treatment to white women. They say black residents are forced to leave before they can support themselves, and white residents aren't held to the same standards. Black residents are forced to get jobs, they said, while white residents can simply pursue more education....

    Alberta Brown, 55, a former resident, says white women received things that she did not.
  2. St. Petersburg and Roser Park residents work toward trail compromise

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Under threatening skies, more than two dozen Roser Park residents walked and talked and talked some more about the controversial trail planned for their historic neighborhood.

    There were opinions aplenty. But as residents trekked along the proposed path with views of homes perched atop surprising bluffs and wending its way amid oaks, a sense of accord seemed to be building....

  3. Transforming troubled Mariners Pointe apartments into St. Charles Row

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — It is not yet a complete metamorphosis, but the signs are there.

    A new fence. Sod. Clusters of gold, red and crimson coleus. New magnolia trees. Fresh paint.

    The 368-unit apartment complex even has a new name, St. Charles Row, its sixth name since it was built in 1972.

    Until recently, it was known as Mariners Pointe, and like previous incarnations, burdened with a reputation for crime....

    There are encouraging signs of change amid the renovations at St. Charles Row, formerly Mariners Pointe apartments, in St. Petersburg. Postcard invitations featuring a photograph of a professionally decorated model apartment recently drew curious visitors and prospective renters to the complex.
  4. St. Pete names pivotal seven-member panel in pier design process

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman has appointed an eclectic group to help pare the bunch of hopefuls the city expects to vie to design a new pier or renovate the closed inverted pyramid.

    Kriseman's selection committee, which includes preservationists, an expert on sea level rise, a couple of architects and a vice president of the Tampa Bay Rays, is set to play a powerful role in the mayor's plan for a Pier by 2017. ...

    Visitor Charles Arbeen, 55, Washington State, left,  takes his morning walk on the approach to the St. Petersburg Pier, Wednesday, January 15, 2014 as a Blue Heron walks across the road.  St. Petersburg Mayor RIck Kriseman reopened the pier head recently.
  5. African-American Heritage Trail to open in St. Petersburg Saturday

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    A 2-mile African-American Heritage Trail to honor and recount the history and memories of the city's black residents will officially open Saturday.

    The 5 p.m. ceremony will take place at 22nd Street and Ninth Avenue S, a key intersection of the 2-mile route. There, one of 20 historic markers will be presented during the event that is expected to include former Mayor Bill Foster, who is credited with initiating the project two years ago....

    David Mourra, from left, Steve Harris and Greg Keller anchor a multiside sign in front of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum, the beginning of the trail. The project was funded by a $50,000 state grant.
  6. Bishop asks local Catholics to house migrant children

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG — Catholic Bishop Robert Lynch appealed to his flock to help shelter the child migrants pouring across the Mexican border from Central America on his blog Wednesday.

    A day later, almost four dozen families had responded.

    Lynch also directed his Catholic Charities office to work with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' migration and refugee services to determine how many children the diocese might be able to temporarily resettle....

    Bishop Robert Lynch: “My goal would be to keep them only as long as is necessary.”
  7. Pier could be saved, report finds, but cost is unclear

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The inverted pyramid Pier is structurally sound and could be renovated to last another 75 years, according to a city-commissioned engineering study released Friday

    The report was good news for those who have fought to save the controversial building, especially Frank Carter "Bud" Karins, a licensed structural engineer who pushed for the study and wrote the protocol for conducting it. Karins said an evaluation of the building's condition was imperative before the city asks design teams to submit concepts for a new or renovated pier. ...

    St. Petersburg’s budget for a new or renovated pier is $46 million.
  8. TV show filming mummy exhibit at St. Pete History Museum

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG – A call has gone out for extras to gawk and cheer as the newly designed quarters of St. Petersburg's oldest transplant – an authentic mummy -- is unveiled today at the St. Petersburg Museum of History.

    Those making their way to the museum at 335 Second Ave. NE by 4:30 p.m. could find themselves playing a peripheral role in the new television show Museum Men, planned for the cable network H2. It's about people who build museum displays and tells the stories connected to the artifacts....

    This 1995 file photo shows the mummy that has resided at the St. Petersburg Museum of History since 1925.
  9. Mother of pregnant St. Petersburg teenager missing for two years remains hopeful

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — This week marks a somber anniversary for Leah Martin and her family.

    Two years ago, her 17-year-old daughter, Morgan Keyanna Martin, vanished in front of their home.

    It was after midnight that July 25, but Morgan wanted to share exciting news with the father of the baby growing inside her. Cellphone in hand and wearing pajamas and bedroom slippers, she stepped outside her family's home at 2808 17th Ave. S, eager to tell her baby's father that it was a girl....

    Morgan Keyanna Martin has not been seen since July 25, 2012. She was four months pregnant and left behind her purse, money and ID. 
  10. Group completes first phase of Mayor Rick Kriseman's new Pier process

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The group appointed to determine what residents want as the city reboots its effort to redevelop the Pier completed its assignment Tuesday.

    A final report will suggest a list of amenities hundreds of people who participated in five recent public-input sessions and an online survey consider essential. It also will include elements that have been part of the long-running process to build anew or refurbish the shuttered inverted pyramid....

    SCOTT KEELER    |    Times
  11. Budget constraints could restrict St. Petersburg Pier amenities

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — In a poll last fall, close to 40 percent of residents said they would be willing to support a tax increase if additional money was needed to get everything they want in a new Pier.

    Now, as Mayor Rick Kriseman's Pier working group is set to prepare a report telling would-be design teams what people's hopes are for a new or renovated attraction, it appears that the $46 million budget might be inadequate to grant all of their wishes....

    The Pier remains open only to pedestrians as St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman’s working group is set to prepare a report telling would-be design teams what residents want.
  12. Review: 'Rebbe' an in-depth biography of influential leader Schneerson

    Books

    The title hints at unabashed admiration.

    Joseph Telushkin's new biography, Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History, fascinates nonetheless.

    Perhaps it's because amid accounts of a man of great kindness, wisdom and piety, who worked behind the scenes on behalf of persecuted Soviet Jews and who is said to have inspired the expansion of the food stamp program to feed the hungry in this country, there are details about seeming contradictions, sorrow, a family's human frailties and messianic claims....

    A man visits the grave of Rabbi Menachem Schneerson around the 20th anniversary of his death.
  13. Pier working group sifts through ocean of residents' ideas

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Invited to specify amenities they'd like at a new or renovated Pier, more than 2,000 residents have offered ideas running the gamut from a comedy club to a microbrewery to a basketball court.

    But while some clamored for shade and air conditioning, top favorites were open-air casual dining, observation areas, accommodations for cycling, jogging, walking and fishing, and trams or trolleys....

  14. Property appraiser sets record straight on St. Pete submerged lands

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam Dubov says her office will correct its records to show that the city, not a mysterious land trust, owns a large swath of Smacks Bayou.

    Dubov announced her intention in a letter to Traveler's Affiliated Land Trust, which acquired the submerged land by quit-claim deed three years ago, and the city, which said it has owned the property since the 1960s....

    Pam Dubov says research shows that most of the contested property belongs to the city.
  15. Episcopal bishop ponders whether to sanction same-sex blessings

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Early this year, Episcopal Bishop Dabney Smith stood before a crowd of about 175 people who wanted him to authorize same-sex union blessings.

    The meeting, in the parish hall of St. Peter's Episcopal Cathedral in downtown St. Petersburg, was of particular significance.

    It took place at the "mother church" of Smith's diocese, which stretches from Brooksville to Marco Island and includes Tampa, St. Petersburg and Plant City. St. Peter's also is home to an energized group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members with strong support from congregational leaders and parishioners....

    St. Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral recently published a newsletter that said it will “move toward offering” the blessings. “There are still a number of details to be worked out, but we are prepared to take this step,” the Very Rev. Stephen B. Morris, dean of St. Peter’s, said in the newsletter.