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Philip Morgan - Correspondent

Correspondent

I've been a reporter for 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. 40 minutes ago• 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.
  2. 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)
  3. Capt. Dylan Hubbard with a big red snapper he caught in 2019 while filming a fishing educational course. (Courtesy of Hubbard’s Marina)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco poses for a portrait at his balcony in Tampa on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.
  7. Dec. 13, 2020• Community News
    Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco poses for a portrait at his balcony in Tampa on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.
  8. 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.
  9. Nov. 28, 2020• Community News
    Joseph R. McAuliffe, manager of educational programming, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Florida on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 in Tampa.
  10. Nov. 7, 2020• Community News
    armelin Aponte, 92, of Tampa, holds a copy of the Congressional Gold Medal and certificate that was awarded to the U.S. 65th Infantry, an Army unit of Puerto Rican soldiers that saw action in World War II and the Korean War. (
  11. Danilo Fernández, Jr., presidente de Naviera Coffee Mills Inc., cambiará el logo y tendrá una edición de aniversario de cierta mezcla de café para celebrar 100 años de la empresa familiar en Tampa.
  12. Oct. 31, 2020• Life & Culture
    Danilo Fernandez, Jr., president of Naviera Coffee Mills Inc., Tampa, poses at the business, Thursday, October 29, 2020.
  13. Debbie Rotolo, center, with Tampa City Councilman Charlie Miranda and Mayor Jane Castor earlier this month (Oct. 2). She received a certificate and plaque at her retirement party recognizing her service to the city over 42 years.
  14. Oct. 17, 2020• Life & Culture
    Brad Lympany drew about 3,000 participants last year in a hiking competition.
  15. Major Morgan Norman coordinates air refueling plane to plane flying at 350 miles per hour or more
  16. Oct. 3, 2020• Life & Culture
    Frances Durán Brea, a general manager with Nutrition & Wellness for Hillsborough County’s senior centers, said that age has no limits for learning new things.
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Mel Lohn, owner of Mel's Hotdogs poses in front of his iconic restaurant on Busch Blvd. in Tampa.
  18. Kevin Kalwary was a reporter with The Tampa Tribune and WTVT, now owns a investigation firm.
  19. Zach and Tim Zeliff won first place at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg and made it to the state finals in 2018-19 for a National History Day project on Lt. Lopez’ sacrifice. Photo: CortesyCourtesy of the Zeliff family.
  20. Laura Spaulding is the owner and president of Spaulding Decon, the first nationally franchised decontamination service to offer to perform bio-hazard cleaning.
  21. Aug. 29, 2020• Life & Culture
    Mario Núñez is "3rd generation" Cuban that  born inside Tampa City limits and host every week The Tampa Natives Show in the last decade .
  22. Aug. 23, 2020• Life & Culture
    Rob Upthegrove with a 10-foot 7 inch male alligator captured in New Tampa.
  23. Nadine Smith is the Executive Director of Equality Florida, the state's largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.