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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. Former police Chief Mary O'Connor did not alert Tampa Mayor Jane Castor of the golf cart incident for 18 days, after Creative Loafing had requested the footage.
  2. Light decorations are on display during Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in St. Petersburg.
  3. A trio of turkey hats are pictured during the Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 in Clearwater.
  4. A shopper emerges from a Kohl's store on Black Friday, on Nov. 26, 2021, in Everett, Mass.
  5. Lindsay Lohan, left, and Chord Overstreet staring into your soul in "Falling for Christmas."
  6. Hurricane Season has overstayed its welcome.
  7. The Tom Turkey float is coming for you and cannot be stopped.
  8. The Capitol Dome is seen amid ripples in the reflecting pool, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, one day before Election Day.
  9. Devin Strebler, 31, specializes in hand painted, gel polish nail art. She opened her salon, Nail Addicts, in Largo, Florida in 2019.
  10. The thumbs-up emoji is passive-aggressive, per Gen Z.
  11. Florida's Republican incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis and Charlie Crist, a former governor, take the stage at Sunrise Theatre for their only scheduled debate, Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, in Fort Pierce.
  12. Hoodies for sale on a cold day at Walgreens on Clearwater Beach.
  13. It's fall candle season!
  14. Fall candles on display at JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts in Clearwater, Fl. on Oct. 17, 2022.
  15. Guests confront multiple Michael Myers inside the 2022 Halloween-themed house at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando.
  16. Donated items including non-perishables and cleaning supplies are pictures at Big Storm Brewing where they're being collected to send to those affected by Hurricane Ian in southwest Florida, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 in Clearwater.
  17. Sep. 30• Opinion
    Tourist t-shirts lay in the sand among the ruins of a store on Fort Myers Beach on Thursday, Sep 29, 2022, which was mostly destroyed after Hurricane Ian made landfall overnight on Wednesday.
  18. A steady stream of people walk along the sea bed during a reverse storm surge along Bayshore Boulevard Wednesday in Tampa.
  19. Hurricane Ian is seen in this satellite image on Monday morning as it heads toward Florida.
  20. BeReal on the App Store displayed on a phone screen.
  21. Members of the armed forces move the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown, during a procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall in London, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. The Queen will lie in state in Westminster Hall for four full days before her funeral on Monday Sept. 19. (Rebecca Brown/Ministry of Defense via AP)
  22. A rainbow punctuates the sky over St. Joseph Sound at Crystal Beach on Tuesday as runner Kate Hardwick of Palm Harbor squeezes in a few miles between thunderstorms at the Crystal Beach Community Pier.
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