Wednesday, November 21, 2018


Leonora LaPeter Anton

Leonora LaPeter Anton

Leonora LaPeter Anton is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter on the Tampa Bay Times’ enterprise team. Her stories veer toward the unusual: a surrogate mother who can’t get pregnant, an old man with dementia who faces arson charges, a couple who lose everything to divorce court. She grew up in Westport, Conn., and Athens, Greece and studied journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2016, she was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for a series of stories on violence at Florida's underfunded mental hospitals. She has worked for the Okeechobee News, the Island Packet on Hilton Head Island, S.C., the Tallahassee Democrat and the Savannah Morning News in Savannah, Ga. She joined the Times in 2000. She lives in St. Petersburg with her husband, and her daughter is a student at her alma mater.

Mika Cheesman (in white dress) embraces her sister, Vivian Jackson, for the first time after being reunited with family in Treasure Island, Fla. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times]

A girl was left at Penn Station when she was 4 years old. After 40 years, she is reunited with her family in Florida.

TREASURE ISLAND -- Mika Cheesman clenched her hands as she sat down recently with a private investigator. She’d flown from the state of Washington, to a house on the beach, to find out who she really was.Lynn-Marie Carty put her hand on Mika’s...
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