Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times feature writer who prefers writing about people in the shadows. She went to work with a 100-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 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.
For 10 years, she wrote news and feature stories for the Virginian-Pilot, based in Norfolk, Va. In 2000, Lane moved to Florida to write for the Times. She's married to a drummer, Dan DeGregory, and they have two teenage sons, Ryland and Tucker.
Lane's stories have appeared in the Best Newspaper Writing editions of 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008. She has taught journalism at the University of South Florida - St. Petersburg, been a speaker at the Nieman Narrative Conference at Harvard University and has won dozens of national awards, including the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.
Other awards include:
2014: Finalist, American Society of Newspaper Editors Batten Medal for portfolio.
2012: Finalist, American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for nondeadline writing.
2011: Inducted as a Fellow with the Society of Professional Journalists for lifetime achievement.
2010: Winner, American Society of Newspaper Editors Batten Medal for portfolio.
2009: Winner, National Headliner Award for feature writing.
2008: Winner, American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for nondeadline writing.
2007: Winner, Ernie Pyle Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation for human interest writing.