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. “My body, my choice” was the rallying cry on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in the state Capitol, where abortion rights activists decried a fast-tracked bill that would raise the bar for minors seeking abortions. (AP Photo/Aileen Perilla)
  2. People waited overnight to be the first customers at the new Jollibee Pinellas Park location. It opened Friday.
  3. Several hundred QAnoners set up camp along the Tampa Riverwalk on Jan. 11 to hear from the celebrities of their fringe conspiracy theory. "It's amazing to see the growth," said Jeffrey Pedersen, better known as "The Matrixxx."
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  5. For some, the lost Zion Cemetery, here in the foreground, and the old Robles Park Village speak to the same issue: a lack of power and respect for black residents.
  6. “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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  10. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
  11. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
  12. 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]
  13. A tropical weather system might form in the Gulf of Mexico next week. (National Hurricane Center)
  14. 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]
  15. 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]
  16. Rep. Anna Eskamani, standing in the center, and Rep. Mike Hill, sitting two rows ahead, are on opposite sides of the abortion debate. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  17. Rep. Anna Eskamani, standing in the center, and Rep. Mike Hill, sitting two rows ahead, are on opposite sides of the abortion debate. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
  18. Defendant John Jonchuck arrives in the courtroom Friday. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
  19. Defendant John Jonchuck sits in court Thursday. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  20. Defendant John Jonchuck, right, reacts in court Wednesday as photographs are shown to the jury of the body of his daughter, Phoebe, and the injuries she suffered when he dropped the 5-year-old off a bridge in 2015 to her death. On the left is Pinellas-Pasco Assistant Public Defender Greg Williams. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  21. Defendant John Jonchuck looks at one of his public defenders, Jessica Manuele, in the courtroom Wednesday. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  22. A photograph of 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck is shown to the jury as grandmother Michele Jonchuck, sitting on the witness stand, looks toward her son, John Jonchuck. He is the father of Phoebe, and his murder trial in her 2015 death continued Tuesday. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  23. Defendant John Jonchuck looks across the courtroom before the jury enters Tuesday. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  24. St. Petersburg police Officer Drew Vickers shows the jury where 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck was dropped from the Dick Misener Bridge on Jan. 8, 2015. The officer tried to find the girl by climbing down a bridge ladder, shown in the background, on the west side of the bridge. Vickers testified Monday in the murder trial of the girl’s father, John Jonchuck, at the Pinellas County Justice Center. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]