Philip Morgan - Times Correspondent

Times 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. Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer.
  2. Gloria Jean Royster recently at the Madame Fortune Taylor Bridge
  3. Longtime teacher Amanda Riker says practicing yoga keeps the spine healthy
  4. Robert Cruz, right, runs the Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation Department's esports program at the Northdale Park & Recreation Center’s esports lounge in Carrollwood.
  5. Rein Verbeek, 55, of Dover, has been a beekeeper since 2014.
  6. Jody is a 33 year old black rhinoceros who has been a longtime fixture at Busch Gardens in Tampa. There are just over 5,000 black rhinoceroses left in the world. They are classified as a critically endangered species, which means they’re at “extremely high risk” of going extinct. In this photo she is being fed a papaya, one of her favorite fruits.
  7. Frankie Beatty of Watermelon Swim gives swimming lessons to Kynsley Muller in a photo provided by the company.
  8. Hillsborough County code enforcement officer Larry Hoffman removes illegal signs in October.
  9. Richard Gonzmart, fourth-generation caretaker of the Columbia Restaurant Group, speaks to attendees of the April 28 Familia Martinez Bujanda wine dinner at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor.
  10. Richard Gonzmart, left, is the fourth-generation caretaker of the Columbia Restaurant Group. His daughter Andrea Gonzmart Williams, 43, is taking on a greater role in the family business.
  11. Andrew Potts, 61, left, displays two bearded dragons as his brother Bob Potts, 53, has a trio of geckos climbing around in his hands at Herp Hobby Shop Reptile Breeding Center at 700 St Petersburg Drive W in Oldsmar. The brothers have owned the pet shop for over 30 years.
  12. Greg Sgrignoli, 63, catches a small crevalle jack from the north Skyway Fishing Pier. The Pennsylvania man visits often to fish from the pier.
  13. Interim Henry B. Plant Museum director Lindsay Huban, right, shows Stephanie Carlos a vintage photograph detailing the room they're in at the museum at the University of Tampa campys in May 2018. Carlos was taking a tour to learn why there are minarets on the former Tampa Bay Hotel built by railroad baron Henry B. Plant.
  14. Todd Wilson, a safety instructor with Tampa Motorcycle Training, poses for a portrait on April 26 in Wesley Chapel.
  15. Erin Kimmerle is an associate professor at the University of South Florida and a nationally-known forensic anthropologist. She is also the director of the Florida Institute of Forensic Anthropology and Applied Science, working to solve cold cases and identify unidentified remains.
  16. David Paloff is director of operations at the Humane Society of Pinellas.
  17. Erin Blankenship (left), interim executive editor who has been with the Florida Holocaust Museum for 20 years; and Michael Egel, chairman of the board whose grandparents survived the Holocaust.
  18. Chantell Miles poses with four graduates of the Pace Center for Girls. From left, Natti B, Desiree L, Miles, Anneyah L and Zamirria C.
(Photo courtesy of Pace Center for Girls)
  19. Oliver Sohn at Tampa Archery School demonstrates the proper method of shooting an arrow. (Photo by Philip Morgan)
  20. Kelli S. Burns research interests include social media influencers; the intersection of social media and popular culture; and social media data analytics.
  21. Former Tampa Mayor Sandra Freedman increased the size of the Police Department by more than 20 percent.
  22. Former Tampa Mayor Sandra Freedman poses for a portrait in the lobby of a Tampa condominium on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022.
  23. Madison Lefler is entering the beef steer she raised in this year’s livestock competition at the Florida State Fair