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Lane DeGregory - Enterprise reporter

Enterprise reporter

I am a listener, a writer, a podcaster. I love embedding in strangers’ lives and sharing their stories. When I was 6 years old, growing up in D.C. during the Watergate scandal, I told my parents I was going to be a journalist. I was editor of the newspaper at the University of Virginia, then worked in newsrooms across the East Coast. Over the last 30 years, I have written more than 3,000 stories. I came to the Times in 2000 and have followed a feral child who was adopted, a girl whose dad dropped her off a bridge and a dying boy waiting for his miracle. I’ve won dozens of national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. I’m also a mother, a dog lover and die-hard Deadhead.

  1. Protestors are seen along Bayshore Boulevard as they march through Tampa Thursday, June 4, 2020. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  2. At Suncoast, Victoria Long talks with a hospice resident. She misses smiling at patients and holding their hands. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  3. 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]
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  5. Allison Harris spent weeks waiting for "normal" to return. She missed her job at Baba restaurant in St. Petersburg. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  6. Pamela Taylor, who is diabetic, takes a nutritional drink from the Little Free Pantry. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  7. Joe Kennett holds his son August, 2, while speaking as his wife, Denielle, streams video during a memorial service for Joe's uncle. Christopher Kennett died from the coronavirus in New Jersey on April 9. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  8. Josephine Valenty looks over a customer's identification so she can cash a check. Valenty grew up during the Depression, so she always wanted to work. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  9. Darryl Quesenberry at his last live performance in November. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  10. A statue of Aristotle in front of a university building in southern Germany. [WINFRIED ROTHERMEL  |  AP]
  11. Gabe Whitney congratulates his 11-year-old daughter, Lyla, after the family played "Dear Abby" by John Prine. "My daughter teases me because there's some artists I go goo-goo about. She'll say I have a man-crush. I think John Prine is definitely one of them," Gabe joked. At right is Gabe's wife, Jennifer, and at left is their 16-year-old son, Quin. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  12. Assistant Manager Shak Siddiquee poses inside Gulfport Shell on April 1. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  13. Pastor Randy Huckabee of First Baptist Dade City delivers a live-streamed service to a nearly empty sanctuary on Sunday. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  14. At the Northeast Shopping Center Publix, customers had cleared out the entire aisle of paper goods, including paper towels and toilet paper, by the end of the day Sunday. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  15. Lybbie Garcia, 75, enjoys extra room during her exercise class at Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center on Thursday. "Usually, there are about 80 people here, and you can hardly move your elbows." [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  16. When Ray Whitehurst was in the hospital recently, his wife couldn't sleep without him. So a stuffed animal from Walgreens took his place. Raymond recently returned and put George out of a job. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  17. Ángela Tejada recuerda el día que su hijo, Gabriel Cordova Tejada desapareció, hace dos años. Ángela cree que Gabriel está muerto, aunque sus otros dos hijos creen que todavía podría estar vivo. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  18. Angela Tejada recalls the day her son, Gabriel Cordova Tejada disappeared, two years ago. Angela believes Gabriel is dead although her two other sons believe he could still be alive. At the family's home on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 in St. Petersburg.  [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  19. Coach Andy Chasanoff, who is wrapping up a long career, celebrates with Abby Bischoff. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  20. Shane Sheil, 29, right, grew up in foster care in Pinellas County when he was profiled by the Times in 2006. He’s now a meat cutter in East St. Louis, is married, has a stepson, and several pets, including his dog Rooster. [Courtesy of Shane Sheil]
  21. Anthony Stokes, left, during a court hearing last week in Pinellas County. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  22. Shane Sheil, 16, only wanted three things for Christmas, an Xbox 360, a skateboard and a family.  After a story about Shane ran in the St. Petersburg Times, the community responded, and two of his three wishes have already been fulfilled.  Someone donated an Xbox 360 to him, and a local skateboard shop offered to let him come in and pick out anything he wanted.  He now spends his days playing games like Need for Speed Carbon with friends, and said he hopes he can go get the skateboard up soon.  (MELISSA LYTTLE | Times) [LYTTLE, MELISSA  |  St. Petersburg Times]
  23. Shane Sheil, 16, rides his bike to and from school every day.  He prides himself on his speed as well as being self-sufficient.   (MELISSA LYTTLE | Times) [LYTTLE, MELISSA  |  St. Petersburg Times]
  24. "I pray for hope. Sometimes, it is a cry for help," explains Martí Gonzalez, whose son Patrick was 2 months old when she found him unresponsive in his crib in May 2015. "Some days, I'm OK, and some days, I'm not." [PHOTOS BY JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]