Dawn Cate - Times Copy Editor

Times Copy Editor

The Times and I go way back – about 30 years back, actually, to the downtown Clearwater office, where I worked while attending St. Petersburg Junior College. After earning my journalism degree from the University of Florida, I returned to the Times. I have held a variety of roles over the years and am passionate about the work we do. As editor of our LifeTimes section and a copy editor, I strive to find stories of interest to our readers and craft engaging headlines, working daily with talented writers. To satisfy my wanderlust, I travel often, writing on occasion about my trips around the world. I’m a St. Petersburg native, and Fort De Soto is one of my happy places, as is Gainesville, where my children attend college.

  1. Medicare's online Plan Finder has been redesigned and is available at
    The most-used tool on will look different this year.
  2. Hronn Axelsdottir, our northern lights tour guide in Iceland, captured this image of the northern lights at the first stop on our excursion in March. [Courtesy of Hronn Axelsdottir]
  3. Cyclists make their way along a portion of the Upper Tampa Bay Trail in Tampa. (CHRIS URSO   |   Times)
  4. People visit the large-scale public art installation titled "Seven Magic Mountains" by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone about 30 minutes south of the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada in May 2016. (DAVID BECKER/AFP/Getty Images)
  5. The Bellagio Patisserie at Bellagio in Las Vegas has a life-sized sculpture of Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. It took more than five weeks to create. (DAWN CATE   |   Times)
  6. A colorful sign celebrates Mahahual. (Dawn Cate, Times)
  7. Don't miss out on snow tubing if you're at Winter Park Resort in Colorado.  (DAWN CATE   |   Times)
  8. Shortly before 12:30 a.m., I'm the only one taking photographs of the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. (DAWN CATE   |   Times)
  9. Angelica Calonsag, 33, battles to complete her work station before rotating to the next spot during hybrid cardio, a high-intensity interval training class at Combat Performance & Fitness in St. Petersburg. (DIRK SHADD   |   Times)
  10. Yes, you can adopt a lush coral reef.