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Philip Morgan - Tampa Reporter

Tampa Reporter

I am nearing my 50th year as a reporter, 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 cover Hillsborough news for the regional editions of the Times with a special emphasis on the City of Temple Terrace.

  1. Rein Verbeek inspects the health of his beehives on his property in Dover while using his a beehive smoker to calm them. Verbeek has been a beekeeper for about six years.
  2. Larry Hoffman a Hillsborough County code enforcement officer, prepares to inspect a property that is currently uninhabitable in Brandon, Florida on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Code enforcement officers encounter an array of scenarios during a typical workday, including trashed homes, illegal building or dumping.
  3. Spanish moss covered oak trees line a fairway at the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club. The 18-hole course is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  5. Oct. 17, 2019• Hillsborough
    Travis Malloy, left, and Shelby Alinsky pose for a portrait at TrailBale Farm near Temple Terrace.
  6. Sighted and visually impaired walkers participate in the White Cane Walk in 2017, to remind motorists to use caution around and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians carrying the white cane, a tool that helps them navigate around obstacles in their path.
  7. Traffic heads west along Interstate 275 (at right) toward the Howard Frankland Bridge in Tampa.
  8. Deputies Greg Starling and Crystal McClelland of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Agricultural Crimes Unit stand with Flower, a horse that wasn't being fed properly by its owner.
  9. Spanish moss covered oak trees line a fairway at the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club. The 18-hole course is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  10. Sep. 19, 2019• CENTRO
    Un lagarto tegu perteneciente a la Comisión de Conservación de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de Florida fue exhibido durante una conferencia de prensa. Foto: archivo
  11. A tegu lizard belonging to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is displayed during a press conference.
  12. Alcaldesa pasa tiempo con la alcaldesa Jane Castor en su oficina en el edificio municipal de la ciudad de Tampa. Castor adoptó al perro de la Sociedad Protectora de Animales de la Bahía de Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
  13. Alcaldesa spends time with Mayor Jane Castor in her office at the City of Tampa municipal building. Castor adopted the dog from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
  14. Pat Iacovella started CDB on Fowler Avenue with two business partners, then sold it 12 years ago. The restaurant closed last week after nearly 45 years as a pizza and beer refuge for University of South Florida students and local residents.
  15. Gus Muench, who spent decades as a crabber, waged a campaign to protect Cockroach Bay and the Little Manatee River, died last month at 83.
  16. Temple Terrace City Hall.
  17. Charles Stephenson is city manager of Temple Terrace.
  18. Wildlife along the Hillsborough River photographed by Bob Luce. [Photos courtesy of Bob Luce]
  19. Hillsborough County pledged a $5,000 challenge grant to the Hillsborough Fire Museum Foundation to refurbish this 1976 Ford fire truck used by a volunteer department in the Cork-Knights area near Plant City. The county reimburses the foundation for half the cost of restoration — up to $5,000 — after the job is complete. [Courtesy of Hillsborough Fire Museum Foundation]
  20. Matthew Hall, left, and fellow members of a Bradley Fighting Vehicle crew with weapons confiscated from enemy fighters following a raid on a Northeast Iraq village. The weapons include AK-47s, Chinese-made machine guns and some French weapons. [Photo courtesy of Matthew Hall]
  21. Richman Group is expected to sign a contract with the city soon to build 200 luxury apartments in Temple Terrace’s downtown redevelopment area. [City of Temple Terrace]
  22. Alpha the bobcat checks out the surroundings before dashing off to the woods during her release last month by Big Cat Rescue. The nonprofit rescue group has rehabilitated and released 36 bobcats into the wild since becoming a state-licensed bobcat rescue facility in 2003. [Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County]
  23. Project manager Janie Hagberg, 53, stands in front of the pump being used to circulate water to carve out land and recreate a creek in Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve. There used to be a creek in the area before the land was used for phosphate mining in the 1960s. [ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times]
  24. A past entry putt-putts along in the Brandon Fourth of July parade, said to be one of the largest Independence Day parades in the state. [Photo courtesy of The Community Roundtable]