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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. 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.
  2. Barbara Burns lives now in a St. Petersburg halfway house with two roommates.
  3. Jenny Diedrich at her home in mid-October, after surviving COVID-19.
  4. Jen Jones poses in Valrico with her youngest brother's Furby toy.
  5. Sara O'Toole, head of school nursing for Pinellas County.
  6. Todd Zimmerman performs for 6-year-old Abby Rivera's virtual birthday party on Aug. 8.
  7. Dorothy Hair doesn't remember exactly how James proposed. They got married because they feared he would be sent overseas to Korea. Instead, they landed at Fort Dix, N.J., where they were photographed in May 1951.
  8. Isabella Perez and other staff prepare meals for migrant workers’ children at Delectables Fine Catering in Palm Harbor. Meals included tamales and carnitas, paired with veggies and rice.
  9. Since the pandemic started, 10 employees at BayCare have been testing for COVID full-time.
  10. St. Petersburg Museum of History executive director Rui Farias says exhibits were once imagined as much more interactive, but the pandemic has shifted that thinking.
  11. Cuvette Holloway, at right, a family support specialist at the High Point Neighborhood Family Center, gets details from Debbie Marquez's phone to help her with rent and bills.
  12. Jennifer Garrett, 29, watches her 4-year-old son, Boaz, as protesters gather across the street from City Hall on June 11 in St. Petersburg.
  13. 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.
  14. Jabaar Edmond marches with protesters in St. Petersburg Friday, June 5.
  15. Protestors are seen along Bayshore Boulevard as they march through Tampa Thursday, June 4, 2020.
  16. At Suncoast, Victoria Long talks with a hospice resident. She misses smiling at patients and holding their hands.
  17. Abby McAuley, 10, continues the practice of drawing inspirational quotes using chalk on her driveway on May 19, 2020, in Spring Hill.
  18. Allison Harris spent weeks waiting for "normal" to return. She missed her job at Baba restaurant in St. Petersburg.
  19. May 7, 2020• Narratives
    Pamela Taylor, who is diabetic, takes a nutritional drink from the Little Free Pantry.
  20. Joe Kennett holds his son August, 2, while speaking as his wife, Denielle, streams video during a memorial service for Joe's uncle. Christopher Kennett died from the coronavirus in New Jersey on April 9.
  21. Josephine Valenty looks over a customer's identification so she can cash a check. Valenty grew up during the Depression, so she always wanted to work.
  22. Darryl Quesenberry at his last live performance in November.
  23. A statue of Aristotle in front of a university building in southern Germany.