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. It's the only way.
  2. An image from a Jan. 10 video released by former Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  3. Welcome to your new home.
  4. All of you, sending me messages.
  5. This is where we are, folks.
  6. Eric Rodriguez, co-owner of Disinfectant Firm, disinfects a map of Florida at The Galley in St. Petersburg on June 24, 2020.
  7. The CDC recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds, and we see no reason to ever stop.
  8. We'll never let go.
  9. We are all Bad Santa.
  10. The mangrove tunnels at Weedon Island.
  11. Bob Hackworth gives a tour of Jerry Lake, which could become part of a 100-acre nature preserve in Pinellas County.
  12. Don't let this be you.
  13. Imagine the freedom!
  14. Make social distancing sound really cool!
  15. Nov. 9, 2020• Opinion
    Models for Tropical Storm Eta from the South Florida Water Management District on Monday.
  16. Who can really say?
  17. This could be you.
  18. Sorry, pal.
  19. Feast upon it!