Claire McNeill - Enterprise Reporter

Enterprise Reporter

I've been dog-earing magazines since I was little, and I’m still a constant reader. I love reporting deep on complicated ideas and telling intimate stories that reveal the human experience: a forgotten school shooting victim, a Syrian refugee in a Southern fraternity, a mother-turned-drug smuggler for her dying son. I grew up in a small town in South Jersey and made my way here after attending the University of North Carolina. I covered all kinds of news in Pasco and Pinellas counties before leaping into the higher education beat and then onto the enterprise team. Outside of work, I hoard books, stress-bake and balance my soccer/softball/rock climbing routine with a serious Taco Bell habit. I live in St. Pete with my introverted Pomeranian, Wilson.

  1. “Coming out,” as providers call it, is not easy. But when people ask her specialty, Dr. Jewel Brown of Tampa owns it. She wants to be an abortion provider. Becoming one, she has found, takes determination at every step of the way.
    Florida providers seek training and work extra hours to give patients anything they might need.
  2. Edie Windsor walks at the 46th annual NYC Pride March in 2016. Windsor was the Grand Marshal of the 2013 parade, just after the Supreme Court ruled in her favor and struck down the antigay Defense of Marriage Act. Her case set the stage for Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Supreme Court made marriage equality legal nationwide.
    It’s a pleasure to hear from the late lesbian trailblazer, whose landmark case set the stage for marriage equality nationwide. | Book review
  3. Former Florida Senator and education commissioner Betty Castor, center, speaks during a Mayoral Panel on the Equal Rights Amendment Thursday in Tampa, while Linda D'Aquila, left, looks on. Castor was present earlier in the day when the Hillsborough County Commission resolved to support the ERA.
    The former education commissioner, USF president and state senator is at the forefront of a renewed effort to get the amendment passed.
    While the missions are different, there are echoes, about courage and compassion
  5. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
    First Coast Women’s Services encourages women considering abortion to pause before making a ‘tragic’ decision
  6. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
    A Woman’s Choice of Jacksonville offers women ‘freedom,’ refuge from a hostile climate
  7. Angel Ramos Otero, 37, was shot and killed by Hillsborough sheriff’s deputies in Ruskin on Friday, according to his family. Ramos refused commands to drop a knife and advanced at deputies during a domestic disturbance call. [Courtesy of Shaina Otero]
  8. A tropical weather system might form in the Gulf of Mexico next week. (National Hurricane Center)
  9. Saundra Piercy, center, makes her pitch to Joyce Grout, left, and her husband, Steve Grout, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's last fall. Piercy was speaking at The Residence at Timber Pines, a senior community in Spring Hill. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
    Saundra Piercy is trying to help people prepare for the inevitable
  10. Activist Jay Chetney talks about direct non violent action and activism against the Vietnam war as well as his time being assaulted by officers at Stonewall. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]