Stephanie Hayes, Deputy Editor, Features

Stephanie Hayes

Deputy Editor, Features

When I say I’ve had almost every gig at the Tampa Bay Times, I mean it. I left my job at a mall CD store many moons ago to work here, stocking the bathroom with Lysol and distributing faxes. These days, I’m Deputy Editor, Features, overseeing arts, entertainment and culture coverage for the Times. I’ve covered everything from local governments to higher education to nightlife, originated the Epilogue obituary feature and was performing arts critic. My passion is the creative side of life, and how arts and culture inform humanity. I’m co-host of the Times’ Life of the Party podcast, a stepmom, fledgling novelist, amateur makeup artist and avid hoster of shindigs with too much food. Find me in Dunedin, coolest town in Florida.

Life of the Party podcast: Here’s the tea with Abigail StClair

TeBella Tea Company founder Abigail StClair. Courtesy of TeBella Tea Company
How the founder of Tampa Bay’s TeBella Tea Company shifted careers into a lifelong passion.

Life of the Party podcast: A guide to Disney’s Star Wars land

A visitor peers down the marketplace of the Black Spire Outpost during the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Media Preview at Disneyland Park, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. Chris Pizzello  |  Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
It’s about to get real in Orlando. Here’s what to know.

Life of the Party podcast: Talking baking, Kickstarter and Food Network with Jen Jacobs

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The owner of Wandering Whisk Bakeshop in St. Petersburg is fresh off a successful Kickstarter campaign and preparing to open her first store.

Life of the Party podcast: From Lambs to Fanilows, name these fan groups

Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Clay Aiken. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, Kevork Djansezia/AP, Joel Ryan/AP
It’s pop quiz time! See how many you can get right.

Life of the Party podcast: ‘Florida Girls’ creator Laura Chinn talks growing up Florida

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The star and creator of the Pop series talks about her youth in Clearwater, hostessing at Winghouse and the critical acclaim of her show. Plus, Lil Nas X is a record breaker and we watch the trailer.