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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

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  1. Jim Kennedy endorses City Council candidate Robert Blackmon

    Blog

    Robert Blackmon, one of eight candidates vying for the District 6 seat, has been endorsed by City Council member Jim Kennedy. 

    Kennedy, who is term limited, has also endorsed former Mayor Rick Baker, who is running against incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman.  

    Blackmon, 28, a real estate investor, is considered one of three front runners for District 6, which includes downtown and parts of Midtown and Old Northeast. ...

    Robert Blackmon is running against seven other candidates in the District 6 primary
  2. Tom and Mary James Western Art museum names interim director

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tom and Mary James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, which is expected to have its grand opening in early 2018, has hired Bernice Chu as interim director.

    Chu will report to museum chairman Tom James. Her work experience is in design, construction and operations management, most recently with the MCA Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago....

    Bernice Chu has been named the interim director of the Tom and Mary James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art.
  3. St. Pete longs to bring NOAA lab, ship to Innovation District

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — There are plenty of good signs along the city's port.

    The number of vessels — from large yachts to dinner cruises — has increased. Thousands of visitors flock to waterside food truck rallies. Revenues are up.

    PREVIOUS COVERAGE: As more vessels dock in St. Petersburg, city hopes for a busy waterfront in its future...

    St. Petersburg officials see the vacant land (on left) pictured next to SRI International (on right) at 450 8th Avenue SE as the future home of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lab that could be relocated from Miami-Dade County. NOAA could also assign a research vessel to the city's increasingly busy port. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  4. St. Pete sends Pinellas request to add millions to pier project

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman is closer to getting the extra millions he wants to create a "world class" Pier District.

    Without much preamble Thursday, City Council members voted 5-3 to amend an interlocal agreement between St. Petersburg and Pinellas County that would reallocate $14 million to help add "enhancements" to the Pier District.

    PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Pier District to add to construction din in St. Pete's downtown...

    A rendering of St. Petersburg's new $66 million Pier District. If passed, an interlocal agreement between the city and Pinellas County could inject more money into the project. [Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers and ASD]
  5. Diverse candidates vie to represent St. Pete's diverse District 6

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The District 6 City Council seat has attracted eight hopefuls who are as diverse as the sprawling area they hope to represent.

    Their number includes white and black residents; millennials and baby boomers. They call the booming downtown home; have roots in the struggling Midtown community; or they have settled in the district's middle-class neighborhoods.

    When the District 6 boundaries were redrawn in 2013, 51 percent of its residents were minorities. But, outgoing City Council member Karl Nurse said the recent growth of the downtown population has caused that percentage to dip....

    There are eight candidates vying to fill the District 6 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council. It is a sprawling district about 80 blocks long that includes some southern neighborhoods and stretches through parts of downtown and even a portion of Old Northeast. But who will represent the district is a sensitive issue for African-American leaders. [Courtesy of City of St. Petersburg]
  6. St. Pete council candidate denies he's dating O.J. Simpson's daughter

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — City Council candidate Robert Blackmon has denied news reports that he is dating Sydney Simpson, the daughter of O.J. Simpson.

    The New York Post reported early Monday morning that Blackmon, 28, was dating Sydney Simpson, 31. But the only person quoted in the story was Blackmon himself.

     

    TAMPA BAY TIMES COVERAGE:

     

    O.J. Simpson's children have put down roots in St. Petersburg (April 18, 2016)...

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate Robert Blackmon, 28. [Courtesy of the Blackmon Campaign]
  7. Uhuru activist Eritha Cainion speaks up in St. Pete City Council race

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Eritha "Akile" Cainion has been one of the most vocal candidates among the crowded field running for the District 6 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council.

    She has garnered widespread attention for her loud, staccato-style declarations at candidate forums.

    "I'm not angry," she said once. "I'm mad as hell."

    The candidate is a member of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, a St. Petersburg-based organization that advocates for social justice for African-Americans....

    Eritha "Akile" Cainion. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  8. Council candidate James Scott sees a green future for St. Petersburg

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — James Scott's central tenet is sustainability.

    He told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board on Monday that his "vision" for St. Petersburg is to build on its reputation as "Florida's first green city."

    Sometime in the future, he could see some of downtown's streets being shut down and filled with green space broken only by sidewalks....

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate James Scott. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   TIMES]
  9. Tom James and wife, Mary, talk about their James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — As a child, businessman and philanthropist Tom James loved cowboy movies, an affinity that would later play out in a vast collection of Western art amassed over the years with his wife, Mary.

    In a few months, the couple will open the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in the heart of St. Petersburg's downtown, blocks from the Museum of Fine Arts, the Dalí Museum and the planned Museum of American Arts and Crafts Movement....

    Z.S. Liang, Cheyenne Burning of Fort Phil Kearny, 1868, 2015, oil. Paintings and sculptures in the collection that are moving from the Raymond James Headquarters to the new museum called The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, in the 100 block of Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg.
  10. Past dogs St. Pete council candidate Corey Givens Jr. as he tackles future

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Corey Givens Jr. delivers his pronouncements with the confidence and cadence of a preacher.

    As a candidate for the City Council District 6 seat, he speaks about his concern for the environment and the importance of engaging fellow African-Americans on the issue. He was brought up by a single mother, he said, and that's the reason affordable housing is important to him. He's in favor of economic development that produces meaningful jobs....

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate Corey Givens Jr. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  11. St. Pete City Council candidate Jim Jackson says he can bridge downtown and Midtown

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — James "Jim" Jackson says he has knocked on more than a thousand doors in his campaign for the District 6 City Council seat.

    "That's where you hear the issues," he told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Friday.

    Jackson, 72, said he's learned what people care about. It's mostly about what's happening in their own neighborhoods relating to city services and petty crime....

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate James Jackson. [LARA CERRI | Tampa Bay Times]
  12. Council candidate Gina Driscoll vows to improve affordable housing in St. Pete

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Of the eight candidates vying for the City Council District 6 seat, Gina Driscoll has managed to nab the endorsement of the man she could succeed.

    Council member Karl Nurse, who is prevented from running again because of term limits, this week endorsed Driscoll, 46, for the seat he will vacate later this year.

    Thursday Driscoll told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board that it means a lot to get Nurse's support....

    District 6 City Council candidate Gina Driscoll addresses the audience during a candidate forum at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. [LARA CERRI | Tampa Bay Times]
  13. Council hopeful Robert Blackmon fears for St. Pete's environment, infrastructure

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Robert Blackmon is big on the saving the environment, a history buff and a real estate investor believes the poor and unskilled should be trained to benefit from the city's building boom.

    Those were just some of the issues the candidate for the District 6 seat on the City Council discussed Wednesday during a meeting with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board. District 6 includes downtown and parts of Midtown and Old Northeast....

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate Robert Blackmon, 28. [Courtesy of the Blackmon Campaign]
  14. St. Petersburg council candidate Justin Bean has ideas about Rays, Trop and pier

    Elections

    ST. PETERSBURG — Since returning five years ago to the city where he had spent much of his life growing up, Justin Bean has moved purposefully among St. Petersburg's organizations and leaders.

    "I immediately started looking at how I could get involved," Bean told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board on Tuesday. He is one of eight candidates running for the City Council District 6 seat....

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate Justin Bean. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  15. Maria Scruggs touts her experience in St. Pete's District 6 council race

    Blog

    ST. PETERSBURG — Maria Scruggs, one of eight candidates running for the City Council District 6 seat, joked that she's the grandmother of the group of younger rivals, with one exception. 

    Scruggs, 59, who spoke to the Tampa Bay Times editorial board on Monday, said she would bring preparation and experience to the race along with a track record of getting things done. ...

    Maria L. Scruggs, president of the St. Petersburg NAACP branch, is running for the City Council District 6 seat.