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Lauren Peace - Systems and race reporter

Systems and race reporter

I’m a mountain admirer and West Virginia native, but I moved to Florida for the sunshine and because of a love of local news. Now, I report on all things Pinellas County. Whether I’m covering commission meetings or traversing our 20-something municipalities — I want to tell stories that keep power in check and amplify the voices and experiences of our residents. In my downtime, I frequent coffee shops, diners and delis on a quest to find the best egg and cheese sandwich in Tampa Bay. Got tips? Get in touch. I’m here to listen. I write for you.

  1. Tampa Bay Times reporter Lauren Peace tests out a theory that a two-minute headstand could lead team USA to a World Cup victory at Puryear Park on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, in St. Petersburg.
  2. Local health departments will now provide free overdose reversal medication at select locations.
  3. Bruce Hines, 56, loads his bicycle with items collected at the food drive at Tangerine Plaza in St. Petersburg on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2002. It is the site of a weekly giveaway.
  4. Signs promoting Charlie Crist and local Democratic candidates are among the items left at a Democratic field office the day after he lost his gubernatorial bid on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, in Tampa.
  5. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to a crowd of supporters during his election night party at the Tampa Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Tampa.
  6. The first St. Pete Reads! Lit Festival was born from community conversations around reading and literacy in the historic Deuces neighborhood in St. Petersburg, said Cultured Books founder Lorielle Hollaway. The event will kick off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
  7. Los manifestantes sostienen carteles durante una manifestación en apoyo del programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia, o DACA, frente a la Casa Blanca en 2017.
  8. The call notifying the Pinellas County Urban League about a $6 million donation from MacKenzie Scott came on the birthday of the late Rev. Watson L. Haynes II, the organization’s longtime president and chief executive officer, shown here in 2020.
  9. Protesters hold up signs during a rally supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, outside the White House in 2017.
  10. Silke siblings: JP, 8, left, and Isabella, 4, right, take their belongings to their family’s car as they evacuate their Tampa home on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, to shelter with family friends in Riverview ahead of Hurricane Ian.
  11. Aerial photo of flood-prone neighborhoods around Tampa Bay.
  12. Democrat Lindsay Cross (left) and Republican Audrey Henson (right) are vying to represent Florida House District 60.
  13. Anthony Prado, with the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue Team (FL-TF2), ducks into a collapsed roof while searching for people Wednesday in Fort Myers Beach. Hurricane Ian devastated the town when it made landfall nearby on Sept. 28.
  14. Mitch Pacyna and his partner, Mary Wojciechowski, pose with their beloved dog, Lulu Bell, in a 2020 Facebook profile picture.
  15. Antonio Pérez Miranda sale de su casa llena del lodo que dejó el río de la Plata desbordado en el San José de Toa Baja provocado por el huracán Fiona al pasar por Puerto Rico el lunes 18 de septiembre de 2022 .
  16. Un hombre señala una casa derrumbada por el huracán Fiona en Villa Esperanza en Salinas, Puerto Rico, el miércoles 21 de septiembre de 2022.
  17. Flooding from the Peace River washes out the road along County Road 661 outside of Arcadia, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arcadia.
  18. Tampa Bay on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, after Hurricane Ian passed through.
  19. A man is evacuated by the United States Coast Guard after being found among the wreckage of homes on Fort Myers Beach on Thursday, Sep 29, 2022, which was mostly destroyed after Hurricane Ian made landfall overnight on Wednesday.
  20. Los veleros anclados en Roberts Bay son arrastrados por vientos de 50 mph en Venice, Florida, cuando el huracán Ian, se acercaba  a la costa oeste de Florida, el miércoles 28 de septiembre de 2022
  21. A pickup truck navigates a flooded section of First Street outside of the United States Courthouse in downtown Fort Myers on Wednesday, where storm surge continued to inundate Lee County long after the eye wall passed into Central Florida.
  22. Kiwi, a parakeet, arrives with his family at one of Hillsborough County’s pet-friendly shelters in preparation for Hurricane Ian at Durant High in Plant City on Tuesday.
  23. El gobernador de Florida, Ron DeSantis, suspendió los peajes el lunes en previsión de las evacuaciones antes del huracán Ian.
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