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Journalist Lane DeGregory

Gena Asher speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lane DeGregory, who writes for writes for the Tampa Bay Times – St. Petersburg Times.

Lane DeGregory in black top, smiling

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Lane DeGregory

I don’t know another job you can do where every day you learn something new. Where every day when you go in, you don’t know what’s going to happen. The highs and lows in this job are really exciting.

Lane DeGregory’s human interest stories include a profile of a mailman who mows strangers’ lawns, a mother who gave up custody of her adopted son, and the man who carries the “THE” flag in a rodeo.

DeGregory has won more than a dozen national awards, including the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for “The Girl in the Window,” about a neglected girl found in a roach-infested room, unable to talk or feed herself.

Her pieces have appeared in several editions of The Best Newspaper Writing (2008–2009), and she has taught at universities and conferences across the country.

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