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Lane DeGregory - Enterprise reporter

Enterprise reporter

I am a listener, a writer, a podcaster. I love embedding in strangers’ lives and sharing their stories. When I was 6 years old, growing up in D.C. during the Watergate scandal, I told my parents I was going to be a journalist. I was editor of the newspaper at the University of Virginia, then worked in newsrooms across the East Coast. Over the last 30 years, I have written more than 3,000 stories. I came to the Times in 2000 and have followed a feral child who was adopted, a girl whose dad dropped her off a bridge and a dying boy waiting for his miracle. I’ve won dozens of national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. I’m also a mother, a dog lover and die-hard Deadhead.

  1. Elyse Van Breemen, 80, of Clearwater recalls the day she learned her sister, Myra Joy Aronson, died in a plane crash on Sept. 11, 2001.
  2. Elyse Van Breemen of Clearwater lost her sister Myra Joy Aronson on Sept. 11, 2001. Aronson was on the first plane to hit the twin towers.
  3. Medical workers in the Intensive Care Unit try to stabilize a patient who has been battling the virus. From mid-July through August, 43 people died of COVID-19 at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. More than 75 percent of them were unvaccinated.
  4. The John Wright house sits on 35 acres on the road to Cedar Key. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times]
  5. Months into the job, Hannah Anhalt arrests a suspected shoplifter in Clearwater.
  6. Brittany Moody watches the raising of the flag during reveille on a February morning.
  7. During training, coach Joe Saponare pretends to be an officer hurt in a dog attack.
  8. KeVonn Mabon moves into a new apartment and unpacks his football mementoes.
  9. Hannah Anhalt waits during traffic stop training.
  10. KeVonn Mabon, center, decides when to pull the trigger during role-based training.
  11. At the academy, Brittany Moody is punched, kicked and thrown down, but she rarely complains.
  12. Jul. 12• Investigations & Narratives
    Brittany Moody takes a defensive tactics final exam.
  13. More than anything, Hannah Anhalt feared being pepper-sprayed.
  14. Becoming a cop “sounds scary,” says Hannah Anhalt, who has never been in a fight. Her fiancé worries about her. Her dad keeps telling her, “You could still be a Realtor.”
  15. Writer Diane Daniel was sad, scared and angry when her hometown of Largo voted to fire its transgender city manager 14 years ago. Now, she says, it's time for officials to right a past wrong.
  16. Lorraine Gray has been volunteering at the Gulfport Senior Center for five years.
  17. 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.
  18. Yuri Andrade, 31, left, with his friend Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, who runs the website Vitaly Uncensored, are pictured together at International Plaza Tuesday.
  19. Billy Overcast, a Navy veteran, was a medic who saved lives during the Vietnam War. He witnessed the death of a soldier named Michael Anthony Di Pasquantonio when an enemy bomb detonated. The American flag Di Pasquantonio carried with him is framed at right.
  20. Barbara Burns lives now in a St. Petersburg halfway house with two roommates.
  21. Jenny Diedrich at her home in mid-October, after surviving COVID-19.
  22. Jen Jones poses in Valrico with her youngest brother's Furby toy.
  23. Sara O'Toole, head of school nursing for Pinellas County.