Ernest Hooper, Assistant Sports Editor

Ernest Hooper

Assistant Sports Editor

When I look in the mirror every morning, I realize I like the guy looking back at me. Don't get me wrong. The man in the mirror comes with flaws. He needs to eat less, exercise more and try not to get so caught up in his own thoughts. But I still like him. I like having a wife willing to put up with all my flaws after nearly three decades of marriage. I like that God has blessed me with three children -- two sons and a daughter -- who have grown to become great young adults. I like that every morning I awaken excited about journalism, the awesome opportunity to connect with readers in ways both big and small. I love coffee, but serving Times readers represent my true caffeine. Most of all, I like that guy looking back at me -- all of his loves, all of his memories and all of his weird personality traits -- because he's still pushing to do more, be more and learn more. Nothing matters more than looking in that mirror and appreciating the man who looks back at me because that drives me to be better.

St. Petersburg College joins Year Up Tampa Bay to help young people rise

St. Petersburg College's Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Midtown Center. [Times (2015)]
The program seeks to provide training and internships

Expanding the choir key to ending hunger in Tampa Bay

Feeding Tampa Bay Executive Director Thomas Mantz outlines the group's plan to try and reduce how many families need the help of food banks. [Photo courtesy of Feeding Tampa Bay]
Feeding Tampa Bay can’t do it alone. Contribute in small ways if you can’t in big ways.

Rays Journal: Morton exceeds expectations against Pirates

Rays pitcher Charlie Morton, seen here in a spring training game played earlier this month, posted five scoreless innings against the Pirates Monday before being charged with two runs after allowing two men on in the sixth inning. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Righthander’s success on Monday may curb his last spring training appearance

Meet Steven Stamkos’ new peers

Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) needs one more goal to become the franchise's all-time leader. He's currently tied with Vinny Lecavalier
Now that the Lightning captain has tied the franchise record for career goals, he’s in an elite group.

DeSantis needs to transform acknowledgements into action

Gov. Ron DeSantis in Tampa in January. (TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times)
Translating moves like pardoning the Groveland Four into true inclusion will require a policy approach that does more.