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Stephanie Hayes - Columnist

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. 51 minutes ago• Opinion
  2. In praise of chaotic, happy community pool scenes, like this one at Northwest Pool in St. Petersburg.
  3. The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. In coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers revealed that they succeeded, unveiling the first direct visual evidence of the supermassive black hole in the center of Messier 87 and its shadow.
  4. Julian Hartzog stands near his rendition of the historic ceiling painting 'The Apotheosis of Hercules' from the Hercules Drawing Room at the palace of Versailles in France.
  5. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse wave to the crowd in 2019 at Disney World in Orlando.
  6. A rack at the Dillard's Clearance Center in Tampa on April 20, 2022.
  7. Sitting in heavy traffic on the Howard Frankland bridge is a Tampa Bay rite of passage.
  8. Hot dogs at a Tampa Bay Rays game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on April 11, 2022.
  9. A Portuguese Man O' War sits on Midtown Beach in Palm Beach Tuesday March 8, 2016 at sunrise. The wind has blown many of the stinging creatures ashore.
  10. Nubes de tormenta llegan a Clearwater Beach el domingo 15 de agosto de 2021 en Clearwater.
  11. Ferris Bueller would never file early.
  12. Storm clouds roll in to Clearwater Beach, Sunday, August 15, 2021 in Clearwater.
  13. Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt Adventure show at the Mr. Potato's Showtime Arena.
  14. April Fool's! Just kidding, this really happened.
  15. An Oscar statue underneath the entrance to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles in 2016.
  16. A green iguana rests in an enclosure last week at the SPCA Tampa Bay in Largo.
  17. A car at a gas pump, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 in North Miami, Fla.
  18. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to a group of students during a news conference Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at the University of South Florida Tampa. Prior to speaking Gov. DeSantis told the students that they didn’t need to wear masks.
  19. A person walks by a 24-hour non-fungible token vending machine near Wall Street in New York City on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.
  20. Actor and wrestler John Cena already had to apologize for a Ukraine tweet.
  21. Elisha Bixler displays a tray from a bee box at one of her apiaries in Terra Ceia.
  22. Ichabod Wainwright, real name Grant Murray of Gainesville, Fla., performs with his Wheel of Death, a device he built that launches him 30 feet in the air. He travels with the Wheel to Renaissance festivals, including the Bay Area Renaissance Festival in Dade City.
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