‘St. Pete’ Legend Lucy Morgan to Retire

By: E&P Staff

Famed reporter Lucy Morgan is retiring after almost four decades with the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, the newspaper announced today.

In 1973 she was sentenced to jail for refusing to reveal a source. Three years later the Florida Supreme Court overturned the sentence and granted reporters a limited right to protect sources. In 1982 she was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for her stories about drug smuggling. Morgan and Jack Reed shared the Pulitzer for investigative reporting in 1985 for their work exposing corruption in the Pasco County Sheriff’s office.

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush commented recently, ?I actually consider her a friend, but don’t tell her. It might ruin her stellar reputation with most of her peers.?

As Lucy Ware, she joined the newspaper in 1967 from the Ocala-Star Banner for whom she had been covering news part-time in Citrus County. “A single mother of three with no formal journalism training, Lucy had been hired by the Star Banner because the local librarian had given her name to an editor as someone who read more books than just about anyone else,” the Times statement recalled today.

In 2005, at the end of the legislative session in Tallahassee, the senate honored her by renaming the press gallery, the Lucy Morgan Senate Press Gallery.

“Lucy Morgan has played a lot of important roles at the St. Petersburg Times,? said Paul Tash, editor, CEO and chairman of the Times, said in a statement. ?But none more important than this one: reporter. Of all the journalists on this very talented staff, nobody was more likely to break a good story than Lucy.”

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