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Waveney Ann Moore, Times Staff Writer

Waveney Ann Moore

Waveney Ann Moore is a general assignment reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. She covers a wide range of topics in the metropolitan area, most recently the debate over the future of the St. Petersburg Pier.

She was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for "For Their Own Good," about abuse at Florida's oldest reform school. The series won the Dart Award for covering trauma, the Casey Medal for exemplary reporting on children and families and first place for nondeadline reporting in the 2010 Green Eyeshade competition run by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Moore was also a finalist for the 1998 Pulitzer as part of a team that covered the story of the Rev. Henry Lyons, former head of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A.

She's a former reporter for the Kansas City Star.

Born in Guyana, on the northern coast of South America, she is a naturalized American citizen.

Phone: (727) 892-2283


  1. Uhuru activist Eritha Cainion speaks up in St. Pete City Council race

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Eritha "Akile" Cainion has been one of the most vocal candidates among the crowded field running for the District 6 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council.

    She has garnered widespread attention for her loud, staccato-style declarations at candidate forums.

    "I'm not angry," she said once. "I'm mad as hell."

    The candidate is a member of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, a St. Petersburg-based organization that advocates for social justice for African-Americans....

    Eritha "Akile" Cainion. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  2. Council candidate James Scott sees a green future for St. Petersburg

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — James Scott's central tenet is sustainability.

    He told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board on Monday that his "vision" for St. Petersburg is to build on its reputation as "Florida's first green city."

    Sometime in the future, he could see some of downtown's streets being shut down and filled with green space broken only by sidewalks....

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate James Scott. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   TIMES]
  3. Tom James and wife, Mary, talk about their James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — As a child, businessman and philanthropist Tom James loved cowboy movies, an affinity that would later play out in a vast collection of Western art amassed over the years with his wife, Mary.

    In a few months, the couple will open the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in the heart of St. Petersburg's downtown, blocks from the Museum of Fine Arts, the Dalí Museum and the planned Museum of American Arts and Crafts Movement....

    Tom and Mary James at the site of the Tom and Mary James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art.
Photo courtesy of Raymond James
  4. Past dogs St. Pete council candidate Corey Givens Jr. as he tackles future

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Corey Givens Jr. delivers his pronouncements with the confidence and cadence of a preacher.

    As a candidate for the City Council District 6 seat, he speaks about his concern for the environment and the importance of engaging fellow African-Americans on the issue. He was brought up by a single mother, he said, and that's the reason affordable housing is important to him. He's in favor of economic development that produces meaningful jobs....

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate Corey Givens Jr. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  5. St. Pete City Council candidate Jim Jackson says he can bridge downtown and Midtown

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — James "Jim" Jackson says he has knocked on more than a thousand doors in his campaign for the District 6 City Council seat.

    "That's where you hear the issues," he told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Friday.

    Jackson, 72, said he's learned what people care about. It's mostly about what's happening in their own neighborhoods relating to city services and petty crime....

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate James Jackson. [LARA CERRI | Tampa Bay Times]
  6. Council candidate Gina Driscoll vows to improve affordable housing in St. Pete

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Of the eight candidates vying for the City Council District 6 seat, Gina Driscoll has managed to nab the endorsement of the man she could succeed.

    Council member Karl Nurse, who is prevented from running again because of term limits, this week endorsed Driscoll, 46, for the seat he will vacate later this year.

    Thursday Driscoll told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board that it means a lot to get Nurse's support....

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate Gina Driscoll. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  7. Council hopeful Robert Blackmon fears for St. Pete's environment, infrastructure

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Robert Blackmon is big on the saving the environment, a history buff and a real estate investor believes the poor and unskilled should be trained to benefit from the city's building boom.

    Those were just some of the issues the candidate for the District 6 seat on the City Council discussed Wednesday during a meeting with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board. District 6 includes downtown and parts of Midtown and Old Northeast....

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate Robert Blackmon, 28. [Courtesy of the Blackmon Campaign]
  8. St. Petersburg council candidate Justin Bean has ideas about Rays, Trop and pier


    ST. PETERSBURG — Since returning five years ago to the city where he had spent much of his life growing up, Justin Bean has moved purposefully among St. Petersburg's organizations and leaders.

    "I immediately started looking at how I could get involved," Bean told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board on Tuesday. He is one of eight candidates running for the City Council District 6 seat....

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate Justin Bean. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  9. Maria Scruggs touts her experience in St. Pete's District 6 council race


    ST. PETERSBURG — Maria Scruggs, one of eight candidates running for the City Council District 6 seat, joked that she's the grandmother of the group of younger rivals, with one exception. 

    Scruggs, 59, who spoke to the Tampa Bay Times editorial board on Monday, said she would bring preparation and experience to the race along with a track record of getting things done. ...

    Maria L. Scruggs, president of the St. Petersburg NAACP branch, is running for the City Council District 6 seat.
  10. St. Petersburg City Council candidates tout connections to community


    ST. PETERSBURG – The eight candidates for the District 6 City Council seat tried to outdo each other Thursday night during a well-attended forum at one of St. Petersburg's prominent African-American churches. 

    It would have been a civil gathering but for the supporters of Eritha "Akile" Cainion, 20. Their whooping and cheering at times even drowned out their candidate's aggressive deliveries. ...

    Eritha 'Akile' Cainion, addressing the St. Petersburg City Council last month.
  11. Pier District to add to construction din in St. Pete's downtown

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Get ready for the hubbub of yet more downtown construction.

    Structural work starts this week on the new pier, beginning with replacement of the almost century-old pilings that supported its 1926 and 1973 predecessors.

    Trucks carrying concrete and reinforcing steel will rumble from Interstate 275 to the project's Second Avenue NE epicenter. Barges will haul pilings from Tampa. And the real clamor will begin with the driving of 425 piles for the pier platform into Tampa Bay....

    This architectural rendering shows what the new St. Petersburg Pier District will look like when it's set to be completed in 2019. [City of St. Petersburg]
  12. 'Today is not a dream;' St. Petersburg ready to start building new pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG —Three years ago, with the now demolished inverted pyramid still standing stubbornly in the background, Mayor Rick Kriseman laid out a plan to replace or renovate the iconic pier.

    He'd do so by 2017, he told the crowd, and within a $46 million budget.

    Fast forward to Wednesday: Kriseman again stood along the downtown waterfront, but everything around him had changed....

    Officials and visitors attend the groundbreaking for the new St. Petersburg pier on Wednesday morning. Construction is set to start next week. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  13. St. Petersburg showdown: Kriseman and Baker pull no punches in first forum

    Local Government

    A standing-room-only crowd packed a Midtown church banquet hall Tuesday to witness the first face-off between Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker in what is a watershed mayoral contest in the city's history.

    Church fans were passed out as hundreds of people pressed into the room at Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church and the temperatures climbed. And that was before the forum began....

    Former Mayor Rick Baker, left, is challenging incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman, right, to become St. Petersburg mayor.
  14. From the ashes of the Mosley Motel will rise a $55 million development in St. Petersburg

    Economic Development

    ST. PETERSBURG — A Coral Gables developer has unveiled the $55 million phase of its multimillion-dollar plans for the edge of Historic Kenwood.

    Altis Cardinal, which bought and upgraded the Skyline Fifth apartments in the neighborhood several years ago, says it will build a four-story retail and self-storage facility on the site of the old Mosley Motel, convert a six-story office building into loft apartments and add dozens more units on a former commercial site....

    Rendering of four-story retail and self-storage facility planned for the site of the former Mosley Motel. Altis Cardinal plans to add a $55 million phase to its now $75 million plan to redevelop the edge of Historic Kenwood. [Courtesy of Altis Cardinal]
  15. Invisible Crisis: In Pinellas, dearth of emergency shelters is a crisis for homeless families

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Baby in tow, Ariana Turner followed her boyfriend to Florida about 20 months ago to chase dreams of a better life.

    They never found it. He ended up out of work. They wore out their welcome at his aunt's. They went their separate ways.

    Last month, Turner and her daughter, Namine, now 2, found themselves homeless.

    They ended up at a shelter run by the St. Petersburg Free Clinic....

    Cathy Henderson, 41, left, with daughters Keyana Trueblood, 20, center,  and Caleena Trueblood, 17, make a salad to go with the sloppy joes they were cooking for dinner in their apartment at Florida Resurrection House, a transitional housing community for homeless families in St. Petersburg. The mother's job wasn't enough to keep her and her three kids from being evicted from their Largo apartment in 2013. They were living in a motel and unable to pay that week's rent when they learned about Ressurrection House. Pinellas County is facing a crisis because there are few emergency shelter beds for families with children, leaving families like the Hendersons to live in cheap motels, stay with friends or even sleep in their vehicles. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]