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Bailey LeFever - Seniors/aging reporter

Seniors/aging reporter

I cover elders and aging in the Tampa Bay area. I’m proud and grateful to be a 2020 Report for America fellow and work for the paper I grew up reading. Though I was raised in Ocala, home to some of state’s best springs and trees, I spent lots of summers in St. Pete. I care about covering topics important to my parents and the others who call these waters home. I’m passionate about reporting public interest stories — the kind of stories that make you feel. I’ve reported across Florida and Cuba, tackling issues such as the illegal sea turtle trade, community government and housing. I spend all of my free time watching baseball on the couch, eating omelettes with my dad and exploring new neighborhoods (on foot). Right now I’m working to learn the streets of my new home in the ever-funky Gulfport. I can’t wait to hear about your life and the way your world ticks.

  1. Black Lives Matter protesters march through downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday evening. [BAILEY LEFEVER  |  Times]
  2. Marysol Rodriguez puts on glove before delivering meals to a senior on July 1 in Ruskin. Rodriguez is a delivery driver for the Silver Platter program, which provides hot meals to seniors. She delivers to more than 20 addresses as part of her route. [JONAH HINEBAUGH  |  Times]
  3. An unidentified woman walks towards the entrance to St. Mark Village nursing home on April 20 in Palm Harbor. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
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  5. Nathaniel Storms (right) in his role as the first honorary mayor of Brandon, Fla. On the left is Opal Stoltenberg, who served as honorary town marshal, according to Storms' daughter, Valerie Storms. [Storms family.]
  6. At 68,  Bahiyyah Sadiki marches on as one of the older participants in the crowd during a nightly protest march on June 17 in St. Petersburg. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  7. A Publix grocery worker collects shopping carts in the parking lot of the Publix store at 1075 Pasadena Avenue South, South Pasadena on April 17. The worker wears a mask due to the coronavirus pandemic. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  8. In the event of a hurricane, Christine Mitchell, 67, will take her autoharp and her husband and evacuate her Largo mobile home. "We have an R.V., it's gassed up and ready to go. Hopefully it'll be standing when we get back," she said. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  9. Jayla El-Amin, 7, joins protest in St. Petersburg Sunday, June 14, 2020. "We wanted them to see what it means to come together and solve problems and speak out against racial injustice, and to learn lessons early so they will be less likely to become victims," said her mother, Kyandra Darling, 27. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  10. Jayla El-Amin, 7, joins protest in St. Petersburg Sunday, June 14, 2020. "We wanted them to see what it means to come together and solve problems and speak out against racial injustice, and to learn lessons early so they will be less likely to become victims," said her mother, Kyandra Darling, 27. [Times]
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