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Lisa Gartner

Lisa Gartner was a writer on the enterprise team at the Tampa Bay Times. In 2016, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for "Failure Factories," a series chronicling how a local school system turned five once-decent neighborhood schools into the worst in the state for black children. Gartner joined the Times in 2013.

  1. From the newest tower in the Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club, the view of downtown St. Petersburg is to the left, and the original 1925 building is at right. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  2. From the newest tower in the Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club, the view of downtown St. Petersburg is to the left, and the original 1925 building is at right. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  3. May 26, 2018• News
    GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES   |   Times A Honeybell orange hangs from a tree affected by Citrus Greening in Cee Bee's Citrus' orchard on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in Odessa, FL. Citrus Greening is a top-bottom disease, where the leaves and the roots are inhibited in delivering nutrients to the plant. Cee Bee's plans to close after blueberry season ends, at the end of April 2018.
  4. Melissa Falkowski returns to her classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Thursday, eight days after 17 people were killed at the school. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times]
  5. Erin Jackson competes in the women's 500 meters during the U.S. Olympic long track speedskating trials in January. [AP Photo/John Locher]
  6. Adam Sheppard, a social worker with Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services, helps a teen as part of a new program to try to keep juveniles from reoffending. Among other things, he helps the teen with his court appearances as well as a plan for getting his GED. He also helped the boy and his grandmother find housing.   DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  7. Maletsis Viera and her 12-year-old daughter, Lionetsis, have been living in a Clearwater hotel since mid-November. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  8. The state has decided to change the way it evaluates which juvenile offenders remain in custody when they steal car.    DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  9. DIRK SHADD   |   Times  Rep. Wengay Newton (left), D-St. Petersburg, filed House Bill 927 this week, which would make it a second-degree misdemeanor to leave your car unattended without first stopping the engine, removing the key from the ignition, and locking the door.
  10. Emergency personnel work to clear the scene of fatal high-speed crash on Aug. 6 in Palm Harbor. Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said the three boys who died in the crash had "extremely extensive criminal histories," including serial car thefts like those chronicled in the Tampa Bay Times "Hot Wheels" series. A national think tank is examining the problem in response to the series and hopes to have some solutions by January. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  11. Three teens died in a fiery stolen SUV crash on Tampa Road in Palm Harbor in August. Pinellas County is in the midst of a juvenile auto theft epidemic. [LUIS SANTANA |  Times]
  12. Lori Rosso, Ybor City On loud nights Lori Rosso's whole apartment shakes and she keeps an odd sleep schedule to accommodate this. She goes to bed by 9, wakes up around 11:30, stays up until 3 or so, and then goes back to sleep until morning. While she's awake in the middle of the night, her table shakes and the walls reverberate. She calls these "thumpa thumpa" nights. (Lisa Gartner  |  Times)
  13. Pam Kelly, a gynecologist at Tampa General Hospital's Family Care Center at HealthPark, teaches future doctors at the University of South Florida how to identify and treat victims of sexual assault. Gabriella Angotti-Jones  | Times
  14. DIRK SHADD   |   Times   Wengay Newton, Florida House of Representatives (in front, in center), talks as a panelist to a packed room during a community forum on "Reclaiming our Youth: Is Juvenile Justice a Reality?" at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum in St. Petersburg Wednesday evening (10/17/17). The event was presented by the Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association. Community leaders discussed the ongoing auto theft epidemic among Pinellas youth.
  15. This photo provided by Caribbean Buzz shows boats clustered together after Hurricane Irma Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The death toll from Hurricane Irma has risen to 22 as the storm continues its destructive path through the Caribbean.
The dead include 11 on St. Martin and St. Barts, four in the U.S. Virgin Islands and four in the British Virgin Islands. There was also one each in Barbuda, Anguilla, and Barbados. The toll is expected to rise as rescuers reach some of the hardest-hit areas. [Caribbean Buzz via AP]
  16. Kennedy Waechter, 10, left, and Danika Kubiak, 7, wait for customers at their stand that included coffee and a power strip. 
  17. Three-year-old Josiah Lee pokes his head out from between the two cots where his family stayed at John Hopkins Middle School on Sunday. At one point, volunteers threatened to pull a cot away for another family, but Josiah's mother explained that her youngest son has medical needs. Space got tight because the staff closed three buildings, worried over their condition.
  18. Sep. 9, 2017• Local Weather
  19. Sep. 7, 2017• Local Weather
    Caldwell Insurance agent Rob Sep?lveda is being inundated with flood insurance inquiries, but few people are buying when told coverage takes 30 days to kick in.
  20. Isaiah Battle talks with Public Defender David Moran, left, before he is taken from the courtroom after he is sentenced at the Pinellas County Justice Center on Monday afternoon. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  21. Christina Daly during an interview last year. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  22. Congressman Charlie Crist (center) listens as Shenyah Ruth (right), a junior at Northeast High School, talks during Wednesday's youth roundtable meeting with community leaders and kids. They met to discuss the ongoing car theft epidemic among Pinellas youth and how law enforcement, elected officials, and community organizations can work together to put an end to this dangerous trend. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  23. Isaiah Battle stole eight cars by the time he was 16. Then his sister died in a stolen car. Read our special report, 'Wrong Way.' [DIRK SHADD | Times]