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. The beach off Indian Rocks Beach is flush with visitors despite the presence of red tide on Friday, Mar 10, 2023, off Pinellas County.
  2. An 86-year-old man was arrested in a fatal hit and run case.
  3. John "Capt. Jay" Burki has a smoke at his camp underneath the Matanzas Pass Bridge on a mid-February day in Fort Myers Beach. After Hurricane Ian smashed his boat, he woke tangled in trees, scratched and battered. A Coast Guard helicopter flew him to a shelter. “Which I walked right out of,” he says. “I can’t live with all those people.”
  4. Laura McCullough gasps as she walks into the wind phone booth. Her husband, Kevin McCullough, left, stands nearby at Folly Farm Nature Preserve in Safety Harbor. She had come to call her son for his birthday.
  5. New College students attend a protest of the appointment of new board of trustees members by Gov. Ron DeSantis at the school's Harry Sudakoff Conference Center on Tuesday.
  6. Sisters Yulia Hamota, 12, and Alina Hamota, 10, chat while playing on a Gulfport playground in July. The sisters arrived in Florida with their mother to live with their aunt and uncle, fleeing the Russian invasion in their native Ukraine.
  7. Carlena Ward shares a moment with a coworker from a desk at the Pat Collier Frank Courthouse in Tampa on Monday, October 24, 2022.
  8. Emily Croslin watches as her father, Bob Croslin, cuts into a pumpkin for carving in Emily's kitchen in October.
  9. While Julia Becerra’s mom was in Mexico, trying to get a green card to come home to her family in Clearwater, the 14-year-old had to take care of her younger siblings. Julia felt like she was letting everyone down, and fell into depression. "The figure in the middle symbolizes the mother trying to satisfy her children," said Julia, who painted through her pain. “But no matter how much they receive, they're still thirsty." She calls this painting "Projection."
  10. David and Katherine Blessing, from Fort Myers, care for Dylan, one of their 27 day old triplets in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022 in St. Petersburg. Dylan is the biggest of the siblings currently weighing 4 lbs 2 oz, at birth he was 2 lbs 14 oz. Katherine and David, both 34, have three newborn boys all currently being cared for in the NICU at the hospital. The triplets were transporter by medical helicopter Johns Hopkins All Children's LifeLine 1 critical care transport team when Hurricane Ian cause for their Fort Myers hospital to be evacuated. The Blessings are temporarily living at the Ronald McDonald House located on the main campus at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.
  11. The Shell Factory and Nature Park damaged sign pictured on Sept. 30, 2022, in North Fort Myers. Hurricane Ian cost the complex thousands in damages by knocking out power, damaging the roof, carpet, nature park, and ruining restaurant and animal food.
  12. Traffic is seen stopped along the northbound lanes of I-75 near Sumter Boulevard Friday. Flooding has shutdown both the north and south lanes until Saturday afternoon.
  13. People grab food and drinks at O’Maddy’s waterfront bar in an otherwise quiet downtown as Hurricane Ian makes its way to the west Florida coast,Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 in Gulfport.
  14. Brittany Swetson 29, of Largo is seen at work Monday, Aug. 22, 2022 in Largo. Swetson has been with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for the past two years.
  15. Susan Allen, 71, brings her husband, Richard Rolfes, 88, to the Chihuly Collection’s Mille Fiori piece at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg. They joined the Memory Mornings tour, which gives caregivers such as Susan, and her husband, Richard, who lives with Alzheimer's and dementia, the opportunity to tour the arts center and complete an art activity.
  16. Tiara Holmes, 31, inspects a box of items people left on Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority buses. She mans the front desk at the bus headquarters and tries to contact the items' owners so she can return them.
  17. Kacey Bollrud's girls, 9 and 12, just want Toffee home.
  18. Sharika Reeves, 35, performs “Ireland” while playing the part of Paulette during rehearsal for a production of the musical "Legally Blonde, Jr." the musical. She is part of a collaboration between Destination Theatre and Boley Centers in which professional actors are paired with differently abled actors.
  19. In this image from Memorial Day 2020, dark clouds threatened offshore, keeping crowds away from Pass-A-Grille Beach in St. Pete Beach. The outlook for Monday will be similar, with sunny skies and dry weather giving way to afternoon showers, according to the National Weather Service
  20. Matthew Terry, charged in the Saturday night death of a woman in Lithia, served time in the Michigan Department of Corrections after being convicted of assault with intent to inflict great bodily harm in 2017. His former girlfriend tried to convince the parole board that he posed a continuing threat.
  21. In addition to more than two dozen DUI arrests, Saturday night's "DUI Wolf Pack" operation in Pinellas County resulted in 156 citations for speeding, having an open container, not wearing a seatbelt, not having insurance and other violations.
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  23. An unidentified rider of Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority's Route 18 turns in Raymond Krug's belongings to the bus driver. Krug wished he knew who the woman was, so he could thank her. “There are still a few good people out there,” he said.