Ernest Hooper, Assistant Sports Editor

Ernest Hooper

Assistant Sports Editor

When I look in the mirror every morning, I realize I like the guy looking back at me. Don't get me wrong. The man in the mirror comes with flaws. He needs to eat less, exercise more and try not to get so caught up in his own thoughts. But I still like him. I like having a wife willing to put up with all my flaws after nearly three decades of marriage. I like that God has blessed me with three children -- two sons and a daughter -- who have grown to become great young adults. I like that every morning I awaken excited about journalism, the awesome opportunity to connect with readers in ways both big and small. I love coffee, but serving Times readers represent my true caffeine. Most of all, I like that guy looking back at me -- all of his loves, all of his memories and all of his weird personality traits -- because he's still pushing to do more, be more and learn more. Nothing matters more than looking in that mirror and appreciating the man who looks back at me because that drives me to be better.

What Rays player has the most pressure to succeed?

Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) faces pressure to hit after a couple of subpar season, but he's not the only Tampa Bay player facing high expectations in 2019. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]
For a change, the team and key players face high expectations as they aim for Thursday’s season opener

Lorei’s actions show some things are worth the fight

Rob Lorei has said he will focus on living up to the hope, trust and high expectations that WMNF listeners have placed in him while healing the wounds inside the station. [Times Files]
Lorei said he will focus on living up to the expectations listeners have placed in him while healing wounds inside the station.

Hooper: LifePath Hospice’s Women of Philanthropy present emotional event

Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment senior vice president Lorisse Garcia, retired teacher Martha Minahan, Coca Cola Beverages manager Lauren Rosario, Julia Steinbrenner of the New York Yankees Tampa Foundation and Regions Private Wealth Management senior vice president Stephanie Stanfield made up the panel for the Lifepath Hospice Women of Philanthropy Spring Soiree on March 14. Photo courtesy of LifePath Hospice.
Five women share their heartfelt stories at organization’s recent spring soiree

St. Petersburg College joins Year Up Tampa Bay to help young people rise

St. Petersburg College's Douglas L. Jamerson Jr. Midtown Center. [Times (2015)]
The program seeks to provide training and internships

Expanding the choir key to ending hunger in Tampa Bay

Feeding Tampa Bay Executive Director Thomas Mantz outlines the group's plan to try and reduce how many families need the help of food banks. [Photo courtesy of Feeding Tampa Bay]
Feeding Tampa Bay can’t do it alone. Contribute in small ways if you can’t in big ways.