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Philip Morgan - Tampa Reporter

Tampa Reporter

I am nearing my 50th year as a reporter, and I feel as enthusiastic about the job now as I did when I began. I started at the Lakeland Ledger a month after graduating from the University of Florida’s college of journalism in 1970. I moved to the Tampa Tribune in 1972 and worked there for 36 years. I covered poverty and welfare, courts and spent two years on the investigative reporting desk before becoming a feature writer, a job I did for 30 years. I joined the Tampa Bay Times (then the St. Petersburg Times) in 2010. I cover Hillsborough news for the regional editions of the Times with a special emphasis on the City of Temple Terrace.

  1. Rein Verbeek inspects the health of his beehives on his property in Dover while using his a beehive smoker to calm them. Verbeek has been a beekeeper for about six years.
    With bees facing threats globally, there has been nearly a tenfold increase in registered beekeepers in Florida over the last decade.
  2. Larry Hoffman a Hillsborough County code enforcement officer, prepares to inspect a property that is currently uninhabitable in Brandon, Florida on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. Code enforcement officers encounter an array of scenarios during a typical workday, including trashed homes, illegal building or dumping.
    Lawrence Hoffman says that being able to defuse tense situations with angry homeowners is his best weapon.
  3. Spanish moss covered oak trees line a fairway at the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club. The 18-hole course is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    Charles Stephenson said the city could likely pay the $509,000 over two years.
  4. Oct. 17, 2019• Hillsborough
    Travis Malloy, left, and Shelby Alinsky pose for a portrait at TrailBale Farm near Temple Terrace.
    Travis Malloy left a career in engineering for free-range farming. He raises turkeys, chickens, pigs and sheep and sells the meat directly to customers
  5. Sighted and visually impaired walkers participate in the White Cane Walk in 2017, to remind motorists to use caution around and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians carrying the white cane, a tool that helps them navigate around obstacles in their path.
    Friday’s annual walk is to raise awareness of visually-impaired pedestrians carrying the white cane, a tool that helps them navigate around obstacles.
  6. Traffic heads west along Interstate 275 (at right) toward the Howard Frankland Bridge in Tampa.
    Hillsborough Commissioner Pat Kemp was caught in the mess. Now, the state is smoothing the path to I-275.
  7. Deputies Greg Starling and Crystal McClelland of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Agricultural Crimes Unit stand with Flower, a horse that wasn't being fed properly by its owner.
    They also handle cases that deputies of the Old West worked, horse theft and cattle rustling.
  8. Spanish moss covered oak trees line a fairway at the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club. The 18-hole course is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    The club is asking the city to help pay for a new irrigation system.
  9. Sep. 19, 2019• CENTRO
    Un lagarto tegu perteneciente a la Comisión de Conservación de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de Florida fue exhibido durante una conferencia de prensa. Foto: archivo
    TAMPA- El lagarto tegu blanco y negro argentino no es algo que probablemente olvide si lo ve en su jardín, no solo por su vivaz patrón sino también por su tamaño; un tegu adulto
  10. A tegu lizard belonging to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is displayed during a press conference.
    The invasive lizards, which can reach five feet in length, are well established in east Hillsborough.