Stephanie Hayes, Deputy Editor, Features

Stephanie Hayes

Deputy Editor, Features

When I say I’ve had almost every gig at the Tampa Bay Times, I mean it. I left my job at a mall CD store many moons ago to work here, stocking the bathroom with Lysol and distributing faxes. These days, I’m Deputy Editor, Features, overseeing arts, entertainment and culture coverage for the Times. I’ve covered everything from local governments to higher education to nightlife, originated the Epilogue obituary feature and was performing arts critic. My passion is the creative side of life, and how arts and culture inform humanity. I’m co-host of the Times’ Life of the Party podcast, a stepmom, fledgling novelist, amateur makeup artist and avid hoster of shindigs with too much food. Find me in Dunedin, coolest town in Florida.

Spotted: MTV's 'Floribama Shore' crew filming on Central Avenue in St. Pete

MTV's Floribama Shore films at Five Bucks Drinkery on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in St. Petersburg. The crew filmed at different locations on Central Avenue.
They were at Five Bucks Drinkery.

Life of the Party podcast: The Biggest Loser’s Bob Harper tells his heart attack story

Celebrity personal trainer Bob Harper, 2019. Photo by Matt Hawthorne, courtesy of Edelman public relations.
We asked him how his own habits have changed since. Plus, we revisit the entire history of Grey’s Anatomy and break down Taylor Swift’s You Need to Calm Down. Is this song good or bad?

Welcome to Good Burger! Talking the ‘All That’ reboot with Kel Mitchell

CHRIS URSO   |   TimesKel Mitchell poses for a photograph after recording an episode of the 'Life of the Party' podcast Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in Tampa.
He stopped by the Life of the Party podcast to chat about spending time in Florida, the show’s legacy and what it’s like being the adult in the room now.

Life of the Party podcast: Spoilers are everywhere, so deal with it

James Gandolfini, Robert Iler and Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano in the last scene of the HBO series The Sopranos. Photo by Will Hart, courtesy of HBO.
NPR TV critic Eric Deggans talks through the ups and downs of Spoiler Culture in 2019, and we pick the best and worst series finales of all time.

Life of the Party podcast: How to overcome imposter syndrome

Tampa attorney Erica DiAngelo. Courtesy of Erica DiAngelo.
Tampa attorney Erica DiAngelo talks about defeating self doubt and starting her own practice as a young woman in a heavily male field. Plus, Whitney Houston could be back as a hologram and the Spice.