Maria Carrillo - Senior Deputy Editor, Enterprise

Senior Deputy Editor, Enterprise

I grew up speaking Spanish at home, thanks to my Cuban parents, and my kindergarten teacher at Pixieland once complained to my mom about my poor English. I caught up quickly, though. Became a journalist because I love words and couldn’t believe someone would pay me to string them together. Now I get paid to edit stories that usually take a lot of time and effort. Mostly, they run on Sundays. I moved to St. Pete from Houston and to Texas from Norfolk, Va. Apparently, I’m drawn to swampland and places that attract hurricanes.

  1. Douglas Clifford settles into his bedroom with a mask and sweater on the evening of March 30, after developing a low-grade fever. Six days later, he received confirmation he was positive for COVID-19. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  2. Allison Harris waits on customers at Baba on May 8, the day the restaurant reopened. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  3. Josephine Valenty, pictured at her family liquor store, Pasadena Liquors & Fine Wines, holds a photo of the first liquor store the family purchased, which was in Seminole in 1965. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
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  5. John Riesebeck, owner of Smokin' J's BBQ, poses in front of his smokehouse in Gulfport. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  6. For reporters like Lane DeGregory, at right, keeping some distance is part of the routine now. [John Pendygraft]
  7. Al Tompkins [Poynter Institute]
  8. Inmates fleeing the riot had to decide whether to get attacked by rival gang members or climb the razor wire fence. [Andrew Whitaker/The Post and Courier]
  9. Kainaz Amaria is visuals editor at Vox. [Courtesy of Kainaz Amaria]
  10. Covering villages scattered across Alaska was part of the challenge of producing the series Lawless. [Loren Holmes / Anchorage Daily News]
  11. From 2000: Maria Carrillo, left, and Lane DeGregory, with her son Ryland leaning in, when they first worked together. [Courtesy of Maria Carrillo]
  12. Peter Copeland, while visiting the Poynter Institute, talks about his new book. [Allison Graves]
  13. Meghan Louttit of The New York Times, at left, and Maud Beelman from Arizona State University join the podcast. [Allison Graves]
  14. Tom French, a professor at Indiana University, and Len Downie of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University discuss judging this year's Scripps Howard Awards. [Allison Graves]
  15. Roy Peter Clark's latest book is out now. [Allison Graves]
  16. Times editor Mark Katches at work in St. Petersburg, Fla. [Maria Carrillo]
  17. Feb. 12• WriteLane
    Andy Chasanoff coached students with disabilities for more than 50 years before retiring earlier this year. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  18. Feb. 5• WriteLane
    Girls wait nervously to begin a performance of ballet folklorico at the rec center in Tommytown. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times]
  19. Justin Shea receives a pat on the back after playing at Vincent House in Seminole. [WILLIE ALLEN  |  St. Petersburg Times]
  20. A family photo of Patrick Gonzalez taken the day he died. He was 2 months old. [GONZALEZ FAMILY   |  Times]
  21. Darryl Quesenberry performs on a Saturday night in November to a packed crowd at The Craftsman House Gallery. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  22. Adam Playford, the Times' deputy editor for investigations, talks about how to vet story ideas. [Martha Asencio-Rhine]
  23. The scales at Publix stores are typically near the exits, so shoppers can weigh themselves before leaving the store. (MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times)