Claire McNeill - Enterprise Reporter

Enterprise Reporter

I’m an enterprise reporter and co-director of internships at the Tampa Bay Times. I grew up in small-town South Jersey, where I did all the same things I do now: Read a lot, write a lot and stress-eat drive-thru burritos. I landed in Florida in 2014 by way of the University of North Carolina. At the Times, I’ve covered general assignment news, breaking news and higher education, trying to bring complicated ideas and intimate stories to life. Outside of work, I build towers of books, rock climb and take late-night St. Pete walks with my introverted Pomeranian, Wilson.

  1. A bottlenose dolphin pops above the water and looks toward an Eckerd College research boat.
  2. Clark Allen sits on a bench with grandchildren Colin Gentile and Maple Gentile during a May 2021 family visit — his first and only during the pandemic, in the short window in which Florida's COVID-19 caseload dropped.
  3. At Kissimmee Prairie Preserve, people look through a custom-made telescope owned by Jim Pickering of Fort Lauderdale.
  4. Sherry Sacino and Willie James Bryant see each other for the first time in decades, during lunch at the Columbia Restaurant. Sacino and Bryant met in rural, 1960s South Carolina, where Sacino’s parents owned a gas station at which Bryant worked.
  5. Jun. 9• Investigations & Narratives
    Photos, sayings, and tributes are seen outside of Pulse Saturday, May 29, 2021 in Orlando. On June 12, 2016 29 year-old Omar Mateen walked into the popular night club and killed 49 people and injured more than 50. The club has become a place for visitors to reflect on the tragic shooting.
  6. Fotos, dichos y tributos se ven fuera de Pulse el sábado 29 de mayo de 2021 en Orlando. El 12 de junio de 2016, Omar Mateen, de 29 años, entró en el popular club nocturno y mató a 49 personas e hirió a más de 50. El club se ha convertido en un lugar para que los visitantes reflexionen sobre el trágico tiroteo.
  7. Mark Fernandez holds his mother, Peggy Jagars, while she cries remembering her son, Chuck Fernandez, who died last year because of the coronavirus. On March 1, he would have turned 54.
  8. Presses run at the Tampa Bay Times printing plant in St. Petersburg.
  9. In 2006, the year of record revenue for the then-St. Petersburg Times, the press runs were unbelievable. Some days were grueling. Some were beautiful. Joe Figiel liked the challenge.
  10. Scott Ernest, 42, poses with a Celtic cross, which he describes as one of the most important and commonly used white supremacist symbols. "It was made by hand by a Stormfront member. I was telling everybody I was getting out of the movement, and I wanted nothing to do with it. He drove it all the way from eastern Oregon to Montana overnight to give me as a gift. He wanted me to stay." Ernest left the movement in 2016 and now lives in Lakeland.
  11. The scene outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, the day a violent pro-Trump mob attacked and breached the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, leaving five dead.
  12. Boyzell Hosey says goodbye with a single rose at the conclusion of a dual service at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in St. Petersburg Nov. 21, 2020, for his father Amos Hosey (Dec. 17, 1926-Nov. 5, 2020) and his brother Roy Hosey (Dec. 1, 1952 - Nov. 15, 2020).
  13. David Cox, 24, charges his phone while looking at Facebook as he relaxes on the floor while getting out of the stormy conditions by visiting the emergency shelter at the Lealman Exchange, 5175 45th St N, Wednesday in Lealman. "This weather is absolutely ridiculous," Cox said. "It's November. We shouldn't have tropical storms in November." Cox has been living on the streets for about two weeks after moving out from a place with his brother, he said. The emergency shelter at the Lealman Exchange is set up to accommodate about 100 people, down from 300 due to the social distancing precautions, according to Bill Adamson, shelter supervisor with the American Red Cross. The shelter opened around noon due to Hurricane Eta.
  14. Karen Barrios, 13, skates past a mural of an American flag at LaBelle's Barron Park in early October.
  15. Share your photos, memories, words and mementos about the coronavirus pandemic in Tampa Bay.
  16. Summer 2020 Tampa Bay Times intern Natalie Weber takes notes during an interview on a catamaran.
  17. The Edwards family at their St. Petersburg home. Tori and Khyre Edwards' experiences have shaped their views as they try to impart wisdom to their daughters. From left are Emelia,19, Naomi, 2, and Makena, 5, along with mom and dad.
  18. Jul. 15, 2020• Health
    Visitors walk through and shop at the new Marketplace area of the St. Petersburg Pier District. The new Pier opened even as coronavirus cases were rising.
  19. About 100 people march in downtown Tampa Sunday as part of a protest remembering those in the LGBTQ community that have been killed.
  20. There was a harrowing altercation between a driver and protesters during Saturday evening's march. One protester was taken into custody and a driver who tried to go through the crowd was allowed to leave by police.
  21. Dr. LaDonna Butler, a psychotherapist in St. Petersburg, works with clients on their mental health amid protests and pandemic.
  22. In St. Petersburg, marchers demonstrated Saturday against police brutality and racism in the afternoon and at night.