Best Of 2006

Best Print Reporter: Lane DeGregory, St. Petersburg Times

There are few writers who hit it out of the park damn near every time, but DeGregory is one of them. While we normally skew toward investigative reporters, she is a feature writer who keeps finding the real humanity of Tampa Bay. In one story, it is a brief encounter with a hearing-impaired guy at Skipper’s. In another it is a sidewalk chalk poet. Or a local teen made good on Broadway. Two hundred readers responded to her account of having to put her family dog down after 14 years of friendship and love. DeGregory seeks out the unusual, the quiet, the emotional. And then she writes the hell out of it.