Claire McNeill, Enterprise Reporter

Claire McNeill

Enterprise Reporter

I've been dog-earing magazines since I was little, and I’m still a constant reader. I love reporting deep on complicated ideas and telling intimate stories that reveal the human experience: a forgotten school shooting victim, a Syrian refugee in a Southern fraternity, a mother-turned-drug smuggler for her dying son. I grew up in a small town in South Jersey and made my way here after attending the University of North Carolina. I covered all kinds of news in Pasco and Pinellas counties before leaping into the higher education beat and then onto the enterprise team. Outside of work, I hoard books, stress-bake and balance my soccer/softball/rock climbing routine with a serious Taco Bell habit. I live in St. Pete with my introverted Pomeranian, Wilson.

Betty Castor wanted Florida to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. She’s still fighting.

Former Florida Senator and education commissioner Betty Castor, center, speaks during a Mayoral Panel on the Equal Rights Amendment Thursday in Tampa, while Linda D'Aquila, left, looks on. Castor was present earlier in the day when the Hillsborough County Commission resolved to support the ERA. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
The former education commissioner, USF president and state senator is at the forefront of a renewed effort to get the amendment passed.

What is it like to work in an abortion clinic or pregnancy center? Our reporters visited both.

MONICA HERNDON | Times
While the missions are different, there are echoes, about courage and compassion

A Florida abortion clinic braces for a Southern surge

MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
A Woman’s Choice of Jacksonville offers women ‘freedom,’ refuge from a hostile climate

A crisis pregnancy center in Florida wants to redefine choice

MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
First Coast Women’s Services encourages women considering abortion to pause before making a ‘tragic’ decision

Ruskin father fatally shot by deputies had plans to be a better provider, relatives say

Angel Ramos Otero, 37, was shot and killed by Hillsborough sheriff’s deputies in Ruskin on Friday, according to his family. Ramos refused commands to drop a knife and advanced at deputies during a domestic disturbance call. [Courtesy of Shaina Otero]
The family of Angel Ramos Otero is struggling to believe he threatened deputies with a knife before he was shot Friday during a domestic disturbance call in Ruskin.