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Claire McNeill - Enterprise Reporter

Enterprise Reporter

I've been dog-earing magazines since I was little, and I’m still a constant reader. I love reporting deep on complicated ideas and telling intimate stories that reveal the human experience: a forgotten school shooting victim, a Syrian refugee in a Southern fraternity, a mother-turned-drug smuggler for her dying son. I grew up in a small town in South Jersey and made my way here after attending the University of North Carolina. I covered all kinds of news in Pasco and Pinellas counties before leaping into the higher education beat and then onto the enterprise team. Outside of work, I hoard books, stress-bake and balance my soccer/softball/rock climbing routine with a serious Taco Bell habit. I live in St. Pete with my introverted Pomeranian, Wilson.

  1. Visitors walk through and shop at the new Marketplace area of the St. Petersburg Pier District. The new Pier opened even as coronavirus cases were rising. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  2. About 100 people march in downtown Tampa Sunday as part of a protest remembering those in the LGBTQ community that have been killed. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  3. There was a harrowing altercation between a driver and protesters during Saturday evening's march. One protester was taken into custody and a driver who tried to go through the crowd was allowed to leave by police. [Restorative Justice Coalition]
  4. Dr. LaDonna Butler, a psychotherapist in St. Petersburg, works with clients on their mental health amid protests and pandemic. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  5. In St. Petersburg, marchers demonstrated Saturday against police brutality and racism in the afternoon and at night. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  6. Sydni Sands, 24, from St. Petersburg, in center, holds her "Dump Trump" sign while marching from City Hall on Thursday, June 11, 2020 in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  7. Terron Gland, center, raises his fist while taking a knee and blocking traffic along Beach Drive Wednesday, June 3, 2020 in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  8. Yohance Wicks, left, sets the cadence for members of the public defender's offices with Florida's 6th, 12th, and 13th judicial circuits, past and present, and their family and friends, as they march south on 49th Street North from the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center in Clearwater on Monday, June 8, 2020. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
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  14. Scrapbook illustration [LISA  MERKLIN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
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  16. Pages from Sarah Jaehn's pandemic sketchbook journal. [Sarah Jaehn]
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  20. Abby McAuley, 10, continues the practice of drawing inspirational quotes using chalk on her driveway on May 19, 2020, in Spring Hill. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  21. Servers wear face masks as patrons enjoy outdoor dining while crowding Beach Dr. on Friday, May 8, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Restaurants and patrons begin to adapt to the new rules set forth by Governor Ron DeSantis during phase one of re-opening of the state of Florida. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  22. Marin Fehl, editor-in-chief of the Hillsborough High School newspaper, was recently named the state's Student Journalist of the Year by the Florida Scholastic Press Association. Her unglamorous reality: Escaping to her old Acura to edit stories in peace. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]