Dawn Cate - News Editor

News 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. Shipwreck Beach is one of the most photographed sites, if not the most photographed site, on the Greek island of Zakynthos. The focal point is the MV Panagiotis, a ship that ran aground in 1980. Zakynthos, which is also known as Zante, is west of mainland Greece.
  2. Consider the gift of an annual beach parking pass to Fort De Soto Park, whose North Beach is pictured. The pass is also good at Sand Key Park in Clearwater and Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs.
  3. The iconic fountain show at Bellagio in Las Vegas draws a crowd in late April. “Thank you for practicing social distancing,” read signs on lampposts around the lake.
  4. Fire trucks and emergency vehicles parked outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday. Firefighters extinguished a burning piece of equipment inside. No one was injured and the stadium and football field were not damaged.
  5. The iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia.
  6. Medicare's online Plan Finder has been redesigned and is available at
  7. 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]
  8. Cyclists make their way along a portion of the Upper Tampa Bay Trail in Tampa. (CHRIS URSO   |   Times)
  9. 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)
  10. 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)
  11. A colorful sign celebrates Mahahual. (Dawn Cate, Times)
  12. Don't miss out on snow tubing if you're at Winter Park Resort in Colorado.  (DAWN CATE   |   Times)
  13. 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)
  14. 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)
  15. Yes, you can adopt a lush coral reef.
  16. Sombrero Reef at Sombrero Key lighthouse in the Florida Keys is popular with snorkelers. (DAWN CATE   |   Times)
  17. The Area Sacra at Largo di Torre Argentina in Rome is the site of ancient ruins and the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary. More than 140 cats call this area home. Some live in the indoor shelter.
  18. Dad pauses before enjoying lunch on one of our cruises. We’ve taken roughly half a dozen of them together.
  19. Good snorkeling can be found off shore at Cemetery Beach on Grand Cayman Island. The water is so clear.
  20. I ordered cakes for Feb. 10, the day my twins would hear back from the fourth college to which they had applied, their top pick.
  21. Norwegian Air was named “World’s Best Long Haul Low-Cost Airline” and “Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe” in the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards, based on a survey of millions of airline passengers.
  22. The summit cross at the Zugspitze in Germany, a replica of the 1851 original, lords over mountains as far as the eye can see. (DAWN CATE   |   Times)