Philip Morgan - Correspondent


I've been a reporter for more than 50 years, 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'm now a correspondent covering stories from the Tampa Bay area.

  1. Yesterday• Community News
    Dr. Deby Cassill has spent 30 years researching the lives of fire ants.
  2. Judy Lisi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Straz Center for the Performing Arts.
  3. Jul. 10• Community News
    Jeff Arthur, a musician and jingle writer, poses for a portrait in his office, Wednesday, June 30, 2021 in Clearwater.
  4. Jul. 3• Community News
    Kristie Grey (black uniform) as Merry Khaos is jammer on the Tampa Roller Derby team Bruise Crew in this match against the Atlanta Rumble B’s.
  5. Richard Tutwiler past president of the Windstorm Insurance Network and president of Tutwiler & Associates.
  6. Dr. Philip van Beynen, University of South Florida  associate chair and graduate director of geography and environmental science programs, poses for a portrait at his St. Petersburg home in on Wednesday June 16, 2021.
  7. Daniel O’Donnell, the director of physical therapy at the Therapy and Sports Center, poses in front of photos of his patients, Friday, May 28, 2021, in Clearwater.
  8. Keri O'Neil and her team at the Florida Aquarium are spawning corals in the lab in an effort to save the Florida Reef Tract.
  9. Ashley Riese of the Florida Aquarium, who directs the sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation and release program, holds a green sea turtle at the aquarium's Center for Conservation in Apollo Beach.
  10. Holly Boggs (left) worked as a paramedic (and firefighter) for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. She was one of the first firefighters to be state-certified as a paramedic.
  11. Lisa Jacobson, whose family owns Bay to Bay Hardware and Pool Supplies, stands on the sales floor of the independent hardware store, which her family has run since 1972, on Monday, May 3, 2021, in Tampa. The business, one of the last independent hardware stores left in the area, is being leased to Ace Hardware.
  12. Dr. William Felice  was named the Florida Professor of 2006 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  13. Florida Highway Patrol Master Trooper Christopher Wells, Hit and Run Investigator, outside of his patrol call at the Troop C Station, 11305 N. McKinley Drive, on Monday, April 12, 2021 in Tampa.
  14. Chloe Wang, 18, a senior at Carrollwood Day School, poses for a photograph Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in Carrollwood. Wang plans to attend South Hadley, Mass. in the fall.
  15. Apr. 10• Life & Culture
    Ron Smith has sighted more than 700 bird species out of an estimated 850 found in North America.
  16. Apr. 5• Community News
    Dr. Neil Fenske poses for a portrait at his home on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 in Tampa. 
  17. Amy Phillips in studio, 2021. Photo: courtesy of Michael V. Phillips
  18. Kevin Grant, manager of the Hillsborough water reclamation plant.
  19. Brad Massey, 44, the Saunders Foundation Curator of Public History at the Tampa Bay Historic Center, pictured with the skull of a Zygorhiza whale in the Tusks to Tails, A Fossil History of Florida, exhibit at the Tampa Bay Historic Center, 801 Water Street, on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in Tampa. Massey helped research and write the material for the exhibit.
  20. Former Governor Bob Martinez poses for a portrait at the office building where he works in Tampa on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.
  21. Former Governor Bob Martinez poses for a portrait at the office building where he works in Tampa on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.
  22. A squirrel explores a fallen tree near Chris Wirt, 44, of Lutz, on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Tarpon Springs. Wirt is the owner of AAAC Wildlife Removal of Tampa. He wears a large gator tooth, from a 12'8" gator.
  23. Feb. 13• Community News
    Kellen Scott, a former middle school math teacher, says he was looking for something different that still allowed him to help the community, and he found it as a telecommunicator dispatching Clearwater police on calls.