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Stephanie Hayes - Deputy Editor, Features

Deputy Editor, Features

When I say I’ve had almost every gig at the Tampa Bay Times, I mean it. I left my job at a mall CD store many moons ago to work here, stocking the bathroom with Lysol and distributing faxes. These days, I’m Deputy Editor, Features, overseeing arts, entertainment and culture coverage for the Times. I’ve covered everything from local governments to higher education to nightlife, originated the Epilogue obituary feature and was performing arts critic. My passion is the creative side of life, and how arts and culture inform humanity. I’m co-host of the Times’ Life of the Party podcast, a stepmom, fledgling novelist, amateur makeup artist and avid hoster of shindigs with too much food. Find me in Dunedin, coolest town in Florida.

  1. TeBella Tea Company founder Abigail StClair.
    How the founder of Tampa Bay’s TeBella Tea Company shifted careers into a lifelong passion.
  2. A visitor peers down the marketplace of the Black Spire Outpost during the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Media Preview at Disneyland Park, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif.
    It’s about to get real in Orlando. Here’s what to know.
  3. Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Clay Aiken. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, Kevork Djansezia/AP, Joel Ryan/AP
  4. From left to right: Laci Mosley, Laura Chinn, Patty Gugenheim and Melanie Field in a scene from "Florida Girls." [Courtesy of Pop]
  5. Danielle Ferrari, owner of Valhalla Resale in Seminole Heights. Photo courtesy of Danielle Ferrari.
  6. MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesHelen Freund, Tampa Bay Times food critic, posed for a portrait on July 3, 2019 at The Library in St. Petersburg, Florida.
  7. PATTY YABLONSKI | TimesLashonda Curry, manager of communications and public relations at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, takes in A Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection in April.
  8. CHRIS URSO  | Times Miley Cyrus performs during her Tampa stop of the Wonder World Tour Dec. 1, 2009 in Tampa.
  9. ALLIE GOULDING | Times MTV's Floribama Shore films at Five Bucks Drinkery on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in St. Petersburg. The crew filmed at different locations on Central Avenue.