Lane DeGregory

My Story

Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for the Tampa Bay Times who prefers telling stories about people in the shadows. She went to work with a 99-year-old man who still swept out a seafood warehouse, hung out beneath a bridge with a colony of sex offenders, followed a feral child who was adopted.

Lane grew up near Washington, D.C., and her parents read the newspaper to her every morning. At age 5, when the Watergate scandal splashed across the front page, she decided she wanted to be a journalist.

She graduated from the University of Virginia, where she was editor in chief of The Cavalier Daily student newspaper. Later, she earned a master’s degree in rhetoric and communication studies from the University of Virginia.

She teaches at the University of South Florida, the Poynter Institute and journalism conferences around the world.

Lane is married to a drummer, Dan DeGregory, and they have two sons in college, Ryland and Tucker. She also has a crazy cattle dog named Taz.

Listen to her weekly podcast, WriteLane, on SoundCloud or iTunes.

Lane DeGregory

My Story

Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for the Tampa Bay Times who prefers telling stories about people in the shadows. She went to work with a 99-year-old man who still swept out a seafood warehouse, hung out beneath a bridge with a colony of sex offenders, followed a feral child who was adopted.

Lane grew up near Washington, D.C., and her parents read the newspaper to her every morning. At age 5, when the Watergate scandal splashed across the front page, she decided she wanted to be a journalist.

She graduated from the University of Virginia, where she was editor in chief of The Cavalier Daily student newspaper. Later, she earned a master’s degree in rhetoric and communication studies from the University of Virginia.

She teaches at the University of South Florida, the Poynter Institute and journalism conferences around the world.

Lane is married to a drummer, Dan DeGregory, and they have two sons in college, Ryland and Tucker. She also has a crazy cattle dog named Taz.

Listen to her weekly podcast, WriteLane, on SoundCloud or iTunes.

Highlights

In her 32-year career, Lane has written more than 3,000 stories for daily newspapers, including the Daily Progress, the Charlotte Observer, the Virginian-Pilot, the St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Bay Times. Her articles have been reprinted and translated in publications around the world.

Lane also has written for magazines including Readers’ Digest, Working Mother, High Times and Our State.

And she has won dozens of national awards, including Scripps Howard’s Ernie Pyle Award for human interest writing, the National Headliner Award and the American Society of Newspaper Editors Award. In 2011, she was named a fellow by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Published Stories

Publications

Book Credits

Awards & Prizes

Highlights

In her 32-year career, Lane has written more than 3,000 stories for daily newspapers, including the Daily Progress, the Charlotte Observer, the Virginian-Pilot, the St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Bay Times. Her articles have been reprinted and translated in publications around the world.

Lane also has written for magazines including Readers’ Digest, Working Mother, High Times and Our State.

And she has won dozens of national awards, including Scripps Howard’s Ernie Pyle Award for human interest writing, the National Headliner Award and the American Society of Newspaper Editors Award. In 2011, she was named a fellow by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Published Stories

Publications

Book Credits

Awards & Prizes

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Awards

  • Notable Narrative, 2019 Mayborn Literary Contest for Best American Newspaper Narrative
  • Third Place, 2019 Green Eyeshade Award for non-deadline reporting
  • Honorable mention, 2019 Society for Features Journalism Award for series or project
  • Finalist, 2019 Sunshine State Award for series

 

  • Winner, 2018 Green Eyeshade Award for feature writing
  • Notable Narrative, 2018 Mayborn Literary Contest for Best American Newspaper Narrative
  • Second Place, 2018 Florida Society of Newspaper Editors for features and enterprise writing

 

  • Winner, 2017 Ernie Pyle Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation for human interest writing
  • Second place, 2017 Green Eyeshade Award for feature writing

 

  • Second place, 2016 Green Eyeshade Award for feature writing
  • Second place, 2016 Society for Features Journalism Award for narrative storytelling
  • Second place, 2016 Society for Features Journalism Award for feature writing
  • Second place, 2016 Green Eyeshade Award for feature writing
  • Winner, 2016 Florida Society of Newspaper Editors for features and arts writing

 

  • Third place, 2015 National Headliner Award for feature writing

 

  • Finalist, 2014 American Society of Newspaper Editors Batten medal for portfolio of stories
  • Winner, 2014 Green Eyeshade Award for feature writing

 

  • Winner, 2013 Green Eyeshade Award for documentary storytelling with WFTS-TV
  • Finalist, 2013 Emmy Award for documentary storytelling with WFTS-TV
  • Winner, 2013 Groit Drum Award for feature writing on minority issues

 

  • Finalist, 2012 American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for non-deadline writing
  • Second place, 2012 National Headliner Awards for feature writing
  • Honorable mention, 2012 Society for Features Journalism Award for general feature
  • Winner, 2012 Green Eyeshade Award for feature writing

 

  • Fellow, 2011 Society of Professional Journalists for lifetime achievement
  • Winner, 2011 Society for Features Journalism Award for general feature
  • Winner, 2011 Society for Features Journalism Award for specialty reporting
  • Winner, 2011 Florida Society of Newspaper Editors for features and arts writing
  • Second place, 2011 Society for Features Journalism Award for multimedia storytelling
  • Second place, 2011 National Headliner Awards for feature writing
  • Honorable mention, 2011 Casey Medal, Journalism Center on children and families
  • Winner, 2010 American Society of Newspaper Editors Batten Medal for portfolio of stories
  • Winner, 2010 Green Eyeshade Award for feature writing
  • Finalist, 2010 Ernie Pyle Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation for human interest writing
  • Winner, 2010 American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors for feature specialty reporting
  • Winner, 2009 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing
  • Winner, 2009 National Headliner Awards for feature writing
  • Winner, 2009 Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism from Child Welfare League of America
  • Winner, 2009 Green Eyeshade Award for best in show, feature writing and multi-media
  • Finalist, 2009 American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for non-deadline writing
  • Winner, 2009 Florida Society of Newspaper Editors Award for feature writing
  • Winner, 2009 Paul Hansell Award for distinguished achievement in Florida journalism

 

  • Winner, 2008 American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for non-deadline writing
  • Second place, 2008 National Headliner Awards for feature writing
  • Finalist, 2008 GLAAD Media Awards for single newspaper story
  • Finalist, 2008 Columbia University’s Mike Berger Award for human interest reporting
  • Winner, 2008 American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors for short feature writing
  • Winner, 2008 Florida Society of Newspaper Editors Award for feature writing

 

  • Winner, 2007 Ernie Pyle Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation for human interest writing
  • Second place, 2007 National Headliner Awards for feature writing
  • Honorable mention, 2007 American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors for general feature writing

 

  • Finalist, 2006 American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for non-deadline writing
  • Second place, 2006 National Headliner Awards for feature writing
  • Second place, 2006 American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors for general feature writing

 

  • Second place, 2005 National Headliner Awards for feature writing
  • Honorable mention, 2005 American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors for general feature writing
  • Honorable mention, 2005 American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors for short feature writing

 

  • Finalist, 2004 American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for non-deadline writing
  • Second place, 2004 American Association of Sunday and Features Editors for short feature writing

 

  • Outstanding Media Award, 2001 National Alliance for the Mentally Ill for a series of stories

 

  • Second place, 2000 American Association for Sunday and Features Editors for short feature writing
  • Finalist, 2000 American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for team deadline reporting
  • First place, 2000 National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence