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. People gather in Lafayette Park to see the White House illuminated with rainbow colors after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage on June 26, 2015.
  2. Reproductive freedoms are under threat, but abortion in Florida is legal, for now.
  3. Jessica Grybek, 34 of Tampa holds up a sign alongside over 1,000 activists gathered in downtown Tampa on Saturday in conjunction with hundreds of rallies in support of abortion rights held coast to coast and in Hawaii. The “Bans off our Bodies” rallies were organized after a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court decision suggests it will overturn Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion pictured on Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Tampa.
  4. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holds up a 15-week abortion ban law after signing it, Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Kissimmee.
  5. The plot of land where the affordable housing development is likely to be built.
  6. Sisters Keesha and Miesha Brundridge helped curate a poetry show on fear, which was held at The Studio@620 on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.
  7. The United Way Suncoast serves Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties.
  8. The Refinery: a Social Exchange, was held on Friday June 3, 2022 at Hotel Haya in Ybor City, and brought around 200 people together for conversations about advancing the quality of life for Black people across Tampa Bay.
  9. Composer Ahmed Al Abaca (left) and TFO music director Michael Francis stand on stage at the Mahaffey Theater to announce the world premiere of 'Ode to Liberty' on Saturday May 21, 2022.
  10. Tiffany Danzey, 33, stands with her four children. They've been staying with extended family after a shooting made them feel unsafe in their home. “Please, just stop the shooting,” Tiffany said. “Our kids don’t deserve this. Our kids deserve to be safe.”
  11. Adreia Green, 35, reacts to her multiple driving ticket charges being reduced to $25 each and not needing to return to court later this month, during Operation Green Light, an annual drivers license reinstatement event, at the Hillsborough County Courthouse on Thursday in Tampa.
  12. Faelyn Cowan, 20, from Tampa, holds her sign that says “Abortion Access Saves Lives” sign while cheering at a pro-choice reproductive rights rally at the Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, 600 E. Kennedy Boulevard, on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 in Tampa.
  13. Affordable housing activists rally in support of rent stabilization outside of Tampa City Hall on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 in Tampa, Fla.
  14. A graph shows the number of children in Florida living below the ALICE Threshold in 2019. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. Data was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, PUMS, 2019.
  15. Marilyn Hunter stands Monday where the front porch of her house once stood on Taylor Avenue, across the street from Mickens Field and the Dade City Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  16. Photos by Martha Asencio-Rhine
  17. Anari Dula, 14, researches rent prices  during a class lesson on real estate  led by local Realtor Kella McCaskill, at LinaBean Academy on March 23 in Tampa.
  18. Volunteer Dayana Roman works to collect attendance cards which will be sent to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri while attending FAST’s Nehemiah Action assembly on Monday, March 28, 2022, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Clearwater.
  19. Jesse Schenker, CEO of Jesse Schenker Hospitality Group, gives the keynote address at Thursday's launch of LIVE Tampa Bay, a new initiative that aims to reduce opioid deaths in the region. The event took place at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park hotel.
  20. Two men were hit and killed by a sedan while standing along Interstate 275, attempting to address a blown-out tire.
  21. The St. Petersburg woman who was injured is now at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg in stable condition.
  22. This still image from a Tampa Police Department video posted to Facebook shows the aftermath of a police chase and fatal crash in which a 44-year-old woman died after police say her car was rear-ended by a stolen Nissan occupied by minors.
  23. Twenty-two DUI arrests were made across Pinellas County Saturday night and Sunday morning.

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