Stephanie Hayes - Columnist


Please buckle in for a glamorous journalism biography. I left my job at a mall CD store to work here at 19, distributing faxes and running to Publix to pick up cakes for real reporters. Upon being the last warm body in the office, I got to write actual stories. The rest has been a wonderful journey. I'm now a columnist, writing on the proverbial "lighter side of life" and giving side-eye to Florida. Starting in 2021, my columns will be syndicated worldwide via Creators Syndicate. Before this, I was an editor overseeing arts and culture coverage. As a reporter, I’ve covered local governments, higher education, nightlife, obituaries and performing arts. How's that for variety? I'm a stepmom, fledgling novelist, amateur makeup artist and avid host of parties with too much food. Find me in Dunedin, coolest town in Florida.

  1. Talking about Taylor Swift will lead you to examine all your gaslighting exes over the holiday dinner table.
  2. A Florida sunrise.
  3. This guy might have to make some adjustments.
  4. Winter the bottlenose dolphin passed away Thursday night before surgery to treat an intestinal blockage.
  5. HGTV's Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott.
  6. Nov. 9• Investigations & Narratives
    After years on the run, the Mystery Monkey was caught in St. Petersburg. Now, years later, where is he?
  7. Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday.
  8. A manatee surfaces near a boardwalk at Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach. The center opened Monday for the first time since the pandemic started.
  9. Master Sommelier Andrew McNamara at Cru Cellars in Tampa.
  10. A Stanley Cup is nice, but have you won a 50/50 raffle?
  11. Bleh!
  12. Are you prepared to interact with the public in a shared space? Didn't think so.
  13. Rocket the Pomeranian relaxes on the bed of The Ben hotel in West Palm Beach.
  14. A couple watch as a Southwest Airlines flight taxis to the gate at Dallas Love Field in June.
  15. Your package will arrive in six to eight months.
  16. James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, having yet another existential crisis.
  17. John Tischner of Dunedin sits at home with the Christmas tree he put up in honor of his wife, Jane Tischner.
  18. Judith Overcash layers flowers around a central focus flower at Random Acts of Flowers Tampa Bay, a nonprofit where volunteers recycle flowers left over from supermarkets, funerals and weddings to make new flower arrangements for nursing homes and hospitals.
  19. Nope, we're not doing it.
  20. The Tampa Bay housing market awaits.
  21. Imagine the bliss of a spacious restaurant at 3 p.m., like Ulele in Tampa.
  22. A St. Petersburg College graduate runs down the hall.
  23. A pumpkin spice latte from Spaddy's Coffee Co. in Tampa.