Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer Prize–winning Tampa Bay Times enterprise reporter 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.
She previously worked for the Daily Progress and The Virginian–Pilot and moved to Florida in 2000 to write for the Times. She's married to a drummer, Dan DeGregory, and they have two sons, Ryland and Tucker. Lane’s stories have appeared in the Best Newspaper Writing editions of 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008. She has won dozens of national awards, including twice winning Scripps Howard’s Ernie Pyle Award for human interest writing and has been recognized eight times by the National Headliner Awards and eight times by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. In 2011, she was named a fellow by the Society of Professional Journalists. She teaches at the University of South Florida, the Poynter Institute and journalism conferences around the world.