Philip Morgan - Correspondent


I've been a reporter for more than 50 years, and I feel as enthusiastic about the job now as I did when I began. I started at the Lakeland Ledger a month after graduating from the University of Florida’s college of journalism in 1970. I moved to the Tampa Tribune in 1972 and worked there for 36 years. I covered poverty and welfare, courts and spent two years on the investigative reporting desk before becoming a feature writer, a job I did for 30 years. I joined the Tampa Bay Times (then the St. Petersburg Times) in 2010. I'm now a correspondent covering stories from the Tampa Bay area.

  1. Lisa Jacobson, whose family owns Bay to Bay Hardware and Pool Supplies, stands on the sales floor of the independent hardware store, which her family has run since 1972, on Monday, May 3, 2021, in Tampa. The business, one of the last independent hardware stores left in the area, is being leased to Ace Hardware.
  2. Dr. William Felice  was named the Florida Professor of 2006 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  3. Florida Highway Patrol Master Trooper Christopher Wells, Hit and Run Investigator, outside of his patrol call at the Troop C Station, 11305 N. McKinley Drive, on Monday, April 12, 2021 in Tampa.
  4. Chloe Wang, 18, a senior at Carrollwood Day School, poses for a photograph Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in Carrollwood. Wang plans to attend South Hadley, Mass. in the fall.
  5. Apr. 10• Life & Culture
    Ron Smith has sighted more than 700 bird species out of an estimated 850 found in North America.
  6. Apr. 5• Community News
    Dr. Neil Fenske poses for a portrait at his home on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 in Tampa. 
  7. Amy Phillips in studio, 2021. Photo: courtesy of Michael V. Phillips
  8. Kevin Grant, manager of the Hillsborough water reclamation plant.
  9. Brad Massey, 44, the Saunders Foundation Curator of Public History at the Tampa Bay Historic Center, pictured with the skull of a Zygorhiza whale in the Tusks to Tails, A Fossil History of Florida, exhibit at the Tampa Bay Historic Center, 801 Water Street, on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in Tampa. Massey helped research and write the material for the exhibit.
  10. Former Governor Bob Martinez poses for a portrait at the office building where he works in Tampa on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.
  11. Former Governor Bob Martinez poses for a portrait at the office building where he works in Tampa on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.
  12. A squirrel explores a fallen tree near Chris Wirt, 44, of Lutz, on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Tarpon Springs. Wirt is the owner of AAAC Wildlife Removal of Tampa. He wears a large gator tooth, from a 12'8" gator.
  13. Feb. 13• Community News
    Kellen Scott, a former middle school math teacher, says he was looking for something different that still allowed him to help the community, and he found it as a telecommunicator dispatching Clearwater police on calls.
  14. Feb. 6• Community News
    Jane Strong, owner of Happy Feet Plus and longtime member of St. Petersburg Toastmasters Club, is photographed in her Largo store Thursday, January 28, 2021.
  15. Wendy Johnson, greater Tampa Bay area American Cancer Society senior executive director, poses outside of the Tampa Hope Lodge, Tampa, Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
  16. Jan. 23• Community News
    Dr. Heather Agazzi says deficits in social skills, communication skills and the presence of repetitive behavior lead to a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
  17. Artis Stevens, the new CEO of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America, is pictured here with his family, (from left) Alyse, Aubrey and Dr. Erica Stevens. (Courtesy of the Stevens family)
  18. Capt. Dylan Hubbard with a big red snapper he caught in 2019 while filming a fishing educational course. (Courtesy of Hubbard’s Marina)
  19. Tony De Rosa (center), choral director of The Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony,  performing at a competition in Salt Lake City in 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Barbershop Harmony Society)
  20. Tampa Bay harbor pilot Brett Monthie stands on a dock at Port Manatee. The Queen B, a small container ship, looms behind him. (Courtesy of Brett Monthie)
  21. Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco poses for a portrait at his balcony in Tampa on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.
  22. Dec. 13, 2020• Community News
    Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco poses for a portrait at his balcony in Tampa on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.
  23. Dec. 5, 2020• Life & Culture
    Jennifer Tyson, 43, the education coordinator at Sunken Gardens, pictured with the rainbow eucalyptus tree at Sunken Gardens on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 in St. Petersburg.