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.

Life of the Party podcast: Why online dating apps are the real black hole

Kathryn Varn, Times staff writer. Courtesy of Kathryn Varn.
From Hinge to Bumble to Tinder, avid dating app user Kathryn Varn talks pitfalls, tips and horror stories.

Life of the Party podcast: Baseball is back and so are crinkle fries

Chris Archer, left, has some fun as he gains control of a microphone and interviews former Rays teammate David Price, far right. Marc Topkin is in the middle of it all. DAVE HALLER  |   Rays
Marc Topkin slipped into the studio between Tampa Bay Rays games to regale us with insider information, from his favorite stadium snacks to his favorite baseball movie.

Life of the Party podcast: Why work-life balance is a lie

Poynter's Kristen Hare joins the Life of the Party podcast to discuss the myth of work-life balance. Photo courtesy of Kristen Hare.
Kristen Hare tells us how to achieve chemistry over balance. Plus, here's what Barbra Streisand said about Michael Jackson and what Apple is doing with your television.

Shell Game, a Times project by Laura Reiley and Eve Edelheit, is a James Beard finalist

EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
T.J. Ward shows a freshly shucked oyster from his water lease 609 in Apalachicola, Florida on November 18, 2017.
The media awards honor the nation’s top food journalists, cookbook authors, producers and hosts.

Life of the Party podcast: The college admissions scandal

In this Aug. 13, 2017 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, center, poses with her daughters Bella, left, and Olivia Jade at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles. Loughlin was been taken into custody in connection with a scheme in which wealthy parents paid bribes to get their children into top colleges. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
We recap how Aunt Becky, Lynette Scavo and more were allegedly involved in the college conspiracy to end all conspiracies. Plus: Weird facts about Disney World and a word on the fashions of Aidy...