Friday, November 17, 2017


Lisa Gartner

Lisa Gartner

Lisa Gartner is a writer on the enterprise team at the Tampa Bay Times. In 2016, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for "Failure Factories," a series chronicling how a local school system turned five once-decent neighborhood schools into the worst in the state for black children. The series also won Gartner the Livingston Award for Young Journalists, the George Polk Award for Education Reporting, the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal, among other honors. Gartner, who joined the Times in 2013, has also been recognized at the national and state levels for her feature writing, beat coverage and breaking news reporting. She grew up in Wellington, Fla., and attended Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. After graduating in 2010, she joined The Washington Examiner to report on education in the D.C. metro area. At the Times, Gartner covered Pinellas County Schools and higher education before joining the enterprise team in 2016. She lives in St. Petersburg, and is always looking for a good story to tell.

Pam Kelly, a gynecologist at Tampa General Hospital's Family Care Center at HealthPark, teaches future doctors at the University of South Florida how to identify and treat victims of sexual assault. Gabriella Angotti-Jones  | Times

Encounters: In the quiet of exam rooms, women have been saying ‘Me too’ for years

TAMPA — Meet her with her clothes on.Don’t make her greet you in a paper gown, slits down the front and flimsy ties. Shake her hand, if she wants to, and introduce yourself. Pause between sentences. This will make it clear that you are...
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Wengay Newton, Florida House of Representatives (in front, in center), talks as a panelist to a packed room during a community forum on

Speakers: Getting tough can’t be only response to teen car thefts

ST. PETERSBURG — Bob Dillinger remembers coming to Pinellas County as a legal intern in 1975. There were five major poverty zones in St. Petersburg.Forty years later, Dillinger is the Pinellas-Pasco public defender, but the same poverty zones...
Updated one month ago
This photo provided by Caribbean Buzz shows boats clustered together after Hurricane Irma Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The death toll from Hurricane Irma has risen to 22 as the storm continues its destructive path through the Caribbean.
The dead include 11 on St. Martin and St. Barts, four in the U.S. Virgin Islands and four in the British Virgin Islands. There was also one each in Barbuda, Anguilla, and Barbados. The toll is expected to rise as rescuers reach some of the hardest-hit areas. [Caribbean Buzz via AP]

Historic and harrowing: Chronicling Hurricane Irma's destructive path

The storm left us powerless before moving on to devastate areas outside its path, that didn't see what was coming.
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Kennedy Waechter, 10, left, and Danika Kubiak, 7, wait for customers at their stand that included coffee and a power strip. 

When life (and a hurricane) gave her neighbors lemons, this girl made lemonade

Friends sell cups of pick-me-ups to neighbors in St. Petersburg.
Updated: 2 months ago
Three-year-old Josiah Lee pokes his head out from between the two cots where his family stayed at John Hopkins Middle School on Sunday. At one point, volunteers threatened to pull a cot away for another family, but Josiah's mother explained that her youngest son has medical needs. Space got tight because the staff closed three buildings, worried over their condition.

Fighting the fear, from the cot under the window

A family of six struggles through the storm together, fighting the fear at a shelter in St. Petersburg.
Updated: 2 months ago

Questions. Worries. Fears. Oh, my.

Editor's Note: We typically swim in our fishbowls, having a million different conversations as we go about our daily lives. But this week in Tampa Bay, we're all asking the same questions, speaking the same fears and telling the same jokes. Our...
Updated: 2 months ago
Caldwell Insurance agent Rob Sep?lveda is being inundated with flood insurance inquiries, but few people are buying when told coverage takes 30 days to kick in.

The rush for flood insurance comes too late

Unfortunately, it's too late to get a flood policy for Irma.
Updated: 2 months ago
Isaiah Battle talks with Public Defender David Moran, left, before he is taken from the courtroom after he is sentenced at the Pinellas County Justice Center on Monday afternoon. [DIRK SHADD | Times]

Isaiah Battle, county's biggest car thief, sentenced to 20 months in prison

Although he is only 16, prosecutors charged Isaiah as an adult, arguing that the death of his sister in a stolen car and his experiences with the juvenile system hadn't been enough of a deterrent."The only way to ensure the safety of our community,"...
Updated: 3 months ago
Christina Daly during an interview last year. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]

State plans to examine scoring tool key to juvenile auto theft epidemic

State juvenile justice leaders have set a date to re-examine the tool that makes it easy for kids to steal cars with few legal consequences.For the first time in about a decade, Secretary Christina Daly and national experts will convene on Dec.
Updated: 3 months ago
Congressman Charlie Crist (center) listens as Shenyah Ruth (right), a junior at Northeast High School, talks during Wednesday's youth roundtable meeting with community leaders and kids. They met to discuss the ongoing car theft epidemic among Pinellas youth and how law enforcement, elected officials, and community organizations can work together to put an end to this dangerous trend. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

What do kids need to stay away from deadly auto theft epidemic?

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist sits down with more than a dozen black teenagers to seek solutions to the auto thefts plaguing Pinellas County. The teens told him that children need stronger mentors and youth programs.
Updated: 3 months ago