Leonora LaPeter Anton - Enterprise Reporter

Enterprise Reporter

As a child, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I found my way to journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I worked at a series of smaller newspapers before coming to the Times, where I was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for exposing violence at Florida's underfunded mental hospitals.

  1. Florida's Baker Act was written in 1971 by Maxine Baker, a 65-year-old grandmother and a freshman Florida legislator from Miami-Dade County, seen here in a 1965 photo.
    The law was written in 1971 by Maxine Baker, a legislator from Miami-Dade County who pushed for the rights of people with mental illness.
  2. Staci Plonsky holds art from her autistic son, A.J. Plonsky, depicting his memory of being taken by the school resource officer to a mental health facility under Florida's Baker Act law. The incident took place on A.J's first day of middle school. Photo taken November 17, 2019.
    A mental health law is being used more frequently across Florida on children who are not mentally ill.
  3. Ann Corzo and her son Kristopher.
    Parents share stories about Baker Act experiences and how they affected their families.
  4. Tommy Zeigler was arrested days after the  Christmas Eve 1975 slayings of his wife, in-laws and a customer in his Winter Garden furniture store.
    Unit that reviewed Tommy Zeigler’s case argued that Florida had a ‘moral’ obligation to allow testing.
  5. Danielle Harris of Pinellas Park leans against a large photo of Terri Schiavo and her mother, Mary Schindler, during a vigil outside the Woodside Hospice Villas in 2003.
    “Terri Schiavo is now a martyr,” one then-state representative said upon learning of her death.
  6. A 3-year-old boy blocks the sun from his eyes while holding a protest sign in New Port Richey. Fifteen protestors showed up when Judge George Greer was honored in 2005 with an award from the West Pasco Bar Association. Times (2005)
    George Greer looks back on the fight over her life, the fear for his safety and the lessons of the case
  7. Jan Killilea of Boca Raton, at left, and Kelly Jarvis of Tarpon Springs help Blake Taylor out of the Clearwater courthouse after her divorce hearing in March. Killilea started the First Wives Advocacy Group for women struggling with alimony and divorce. [LEONORA LaPETER ANTON   |   Times]
    First wives, ex-husbands clash with each other and battle over reforming divorce laws
  8. Terry Power videoconferences with his girlfriend, Delores Trott, in February, after he'd left for Georgia. JOHN PENDYGRAFT    |   Times
    Years after the bitter end, she’s reopened the case for alimony, and he’s fled the state
  9. Tommy Zeigler, photographed last year on death row at Union Correctional Institution. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
    Florida has, for years, refused to let death row inmate test the evidence from 1975 murders
  10. Nov. 4, 2014• Archive