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Megan Reeves - Pinellas Schools, USF Reporter

Pinellas Schools, USF Reporter

I write about K-12 schools in Pinellas County, the University of South Florida and how state education policy affects them both. I’ve been a Sunshine State resident since I was 4 and will likely never leave, though my favorite season is whenever it’s coldest. I’m a proud graduate of the University of Florida, where I decided I wanted to work for this newspaper and make St. Petersburg my home. Now, I can be found thrifting along Central Avenue, snuggling with my cat, Fran, in my mid-century living room or having coffee at my favorite spot: Black Crow in the Old Northeast. Want to talk about a story? Meet me there for a cup, my treat. Phone: (352) 754-6116

  1. Hillsborough County deputies are seeking a man and woman suspected of using a stolen credit card. They are shown here in screenshots taken from surveillance video at a Walmart in Seffner, one of six stores where the credit card was used.
    Surveillance video shows two people leaving a Walmart in Seffner with a shopping cart full of merchandise.
  2. Sally Carlson of Seminole talks to her newly adopted 5-year-old miniature poodle held by Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center volunteer Mary Claire Streator. Potential owners browsed some of the 300 puppies that were put up for adoption Sunday in the gymnasium at All People's Life Center in Tampa. The designer-breed dogs had been rescued from Trish's All Breeds Pet Grooming in Tampa, where they were found sick and malnourished. Prospective owners were chosen out of thousands who applied during a lottery-type system and were able pick out a dog.
    The animals were found in deplorable conditions at a grooming business in September. Their new owners had 15 minutes to make a selection.
  3. FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2019, file photo, Donald Trump Jr. speaks before the arrival of President Donald Trump at a campaign rally at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
    University of Florida student body president Michael Murphy received a resolution for his impeachment Tuesday. Then the state’s Republican Party started an online petition and fundraiser.
  4. Steven Currall prepares to deliver an address during his investiture as the University of South Florida's seventh president Thursday at the Yuengling Center in Tampa.
    Though he started the job in July, Steve Currall is officially installed as president on his 137th day in office.
  5. An investiture ceremony is set for Thursday at 2 p.m. inside USF’s Yuengling Center in Tampa. Currall and other USF leaders will speak about the school’s future.
  6. A flag supporting President Donald Trump flutters near the University of Florida's Century Tower before an Oct. 10 appearance on campus by Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle. A controversy over the political nature of the event has led to calls for the impeachment of Student Body President Michael C. Murphy, who helped set it up.
    A push to oust Student Body President Michael Murphy comes after an email surfaces, suggesting he worked with the Trump campaign to bring a political speech to campus.
  7. Michael Joseph Psilakis Jr., a 21-year-old of Hudson, faces a charge of homicide in the death of a person found inside a burning vehicle Nov. 1.
    Michael Joseph Psilakis Jr., who Pasco County deputies declined to call a suspect one week ago, is now charged in the death of a person found inside a burning vehicle.
  8. Shown here are photographs of damaged parking meters along Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. Those responsible for the damage were arrested Friday evening, according to city police.
    Three times in two weeks, police found city parking meters damaged with foam. Now a man and woman are in custody on felony charges.
  9. Rebecca Lavin-Burgher suffered a fatal fall at Eckerd College the morning of her graduation in May 2018. Now her mother is suing the school, alleging a "culture of drinking and drugs" on the St. Petersburg campus is to blame.
    The mother of Rebecca Lavin-Burgher makes the claim in a lawsuit. Her daughter died in 2018 after falling from a ladder inside Eckerd’s theater.
  10. In this undated photo from the Tampa Bay Times archives, Betty Jean Miller sits at her desk in the newsroom. Mrs. Miller was a columnist and staff writer for the Evening Independent and the St. Petersburg Times for nearly 30 years.
    A lifelong St. Petersburg resident, she reported on community events in her hometown. Mrs. Miller died last week at age 88.