Philip Morgan, Tampa Reporter

Philip Morgan

Tampa Reporter

I am nearing my 50th year as a reporter, and I feel as enthusiastic about the job now as I did when I began. I started at the Lakeland Ledger a month after graduating from the University of Florida’s college of journalism in 1970. I moved to the Tampa Tribune in 1972 and worked there for 36 years. I covered poverty and welfare, courts and spent two years on the investigative reporting desk before becoming a feature writer, a job I did for 30 years. I joined the Tampa Bay Times (then the St. Petersburg Times) in 2010. I cover Hillsborough news for the regional editions of the Times with a special emphasis on the City of Temple Terrace.

Home on the free-range near Temple Terrace

Travis Malloy, left, and Shelby Alinsky pose for a portrait at TrailBale Farm near Temple Terrace. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
Travis Malloy left a career in engineering for free-range farming. He raises turkeys, chickens, pigs and sheep and sells the meat directly to customers

Tampa’s White Cane Awareness Day walk a reminder to motorists

Sighted and visually impaired walkers participate in the White Cane Walk in 2017, to remind motorists to use caution around and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians carrying the white cane, a tool that helps them navigate around obstacles in their path. Courtesy of Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind
Friday’s annual walk is to raise awareness of visually-impaired pedestrians carrying the white cane, a tool that helps them navigate around obstacles.

Nightmare on detour street sends cars the wrong way over Tampa Bay

Traffic heads west along Interstate 275 (at right) toward the Howard Frankland Bridge in Tampa. Times (2017)  |  Elliott, Loren
Hillsborough Commissioner Pat Kemp was caught in the mess. Now, the state is smoothing the path to I-275.

Hillsborough County’s agriculture deputies rescue and wrangle half-ton suspects

Deputies Greg Starling and Crystal McClelland of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Agricultural Crimes Unit stand with Flower, a horse that wasn't being fed properly by its owner. Courtesy of HCSO
They also handle cases that deputies of the Old West worked, horse theft and cattle rustling.

Temple Terrace golf club reports progress in adding members, paying its debts

Spanish moss covered oak trees line a fairway at the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club. The 18-hole course is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Monica Herndon, Monica Herndon  |  Tampa Bay Times
The club is asking the city to help pay for a new irrigation system.