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Lucy Morgan

Lucy Morgan
Born in Memphis, Tennessee. October 11, 1940, and grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Graduated from Hattiesburg High School, Pasco Hernando Community College in New Port Richey, Florida and attended the University of South Florida. I have never had a journalism course, but I worked as a daily news reporter from 1965 to 2013. I still do some reporting and write an occasional column. Began work at the Ocala Star Banner (1965-68) and joined the staff of the St. Petersburg Times in 1968. At the Times I covered all types of news, specializing in crime, government and politics. I was sentenced to eight months in jail in 1973 after refusing twice to divulge the identity of a news source. In 1976 the Florida Supreme Court overturned my jail sentence and granted reporters a limited right to protect confidential sources. This landmark case continues to provide protection for reporters who refuse to divulge the names of sources. Awards include the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. That award, shared with Jack Reed of the Times, was for a series that led to the ouster of the Pasco County Sheriff; runnerup for 1982 Pulitzer in local reporting for a series of stories on drug smuggling and public corruption in Dixie and Taylor counties. Married to Richard Morgan who retired in 1991 after a 30 year career with the St. Petersburg Times and four years as director of communications for the Florida Department of Community Affairs. Together we have three children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. I served as chief of the Times Capitol Bureau in Tallahassee from January 1986 to January 2006 and Associate Editor 1993-2006. Served on the board of directors of the Times Publishing Company 1991-2005. The board governed the operations of the St. Petersburg Times, Congressional Quarterly,Florida Trend and Governing magazines. Named Senior Correspondent for the Times February 1, 2006, retired again in March 2013. In 2005 the Florida Senate named its press gallery after me in honor of the 20 years spent covering the state legislature. In March 2006, Gov. Jeb Bush and the Florida Commission on the Status of Women named me to the Florida Women's Hall of Fame. Included in the Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2014.