Dawn Cate, Copy Editor

Dawn Cate

Copy Editor

The Times and I go way back – about 30 years back, actually, to the downtown Clearwater office, where I worked while attending St. Petersburg Junior College. After earning my journalism degree from the University of Florida, I returned to the Times. I have held a variety of roles over the years and am passionate about the work we do. As editor of our LifeTimes section and a copy editor, I strive to find stories of interest to our readers and craft engaging headlines, working daily with talented writers. To satisfy my wanderlust, I travel often, writing on occasion about my trips around the world. I’m a St. Petersburg native, and Fort De Soto is one of my happy places, as is Gainesville, where my children attend college.

I saw the northern lights in Iceland. They were not what I expected.

Hronn Axelsdottir, our northern lights tour guide in Iceland, captured this image of the northern lights at the first stop on our excursion in March. [Courtesy of Hronn Axelsdottir]
I had seen the iconic green and violet images of the dancing lights on countless magnets, mouse pads and postcards. So why were they white?