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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Karen Barrios, 13, skates past a mural of an American flag at LaBelle's Barron Park in early October.
  6. Share your photos, memories, words and mementos about the coronavirus pandemic in Tampa Bay.
  7. Summer 2020 Tampa Bay Times intern Natalie Weber takes notes during an interview on a catamaran.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. About 100 people march in downtown Tampa Sunday as part of a protest remembering those in the LGBTQ community that have been killed.
  11. 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.
  12. Dr. LaDonna Butler, a psychotherapist in St. Petersburg, works with clients on their mental health amid protests and pandemic.
  13. In St. Petersburg, marchers demonstrated Saturday against police brutality and racism in the afternoon and at night.
  14. Sydni Sands, 24, from St. Petersburg, in center, holds her "Dump Trump" sign while marching from City Hall on Thursday, June 11, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  15. Terron Gland, center, raises his fist while taking a knee and blocking traffic along Beach Drive Wednesday, June 3, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  16. Yohance Wicks, left, sets the cadence for members of the public defender's offices with Florida's 6th, 12th, and 13th judicial circuits, past and present, and their family and friends, as they march south on 49th Street North from the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center in Clearwater on Monday, June 8, 2020.
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