Lucy Morgan

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Lucy Morgan
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Lucy Morgan
Lucy W. Morgan

(1940-10-11) October 11, 1940 (age 81)
Occupationreporter, journalist

Lucy Morgan (born October 11, 1940)[1] is a long-time reporter and editorialist[2] at the Tampa Bay Times (previously known as the St. Petersburg Times).

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Morgan began her career at the Ocala Star Banner in 1965,[1] and moved to the St. Petersburg Times in 1968. While working full-time as a reporter, she attended Pasco-Hernando State College and received her associate degree.[3]

In 1985, she and Jack Reed shared the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for their coverage of corruption in the Pasco County Sheriff's Office; she was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in that category.[1] In another case, in 1973, she was convicted of contempt for refusing to disclose a confidential source; the Florida Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 1976.[4] In 1982 she was a Pulitzer finalist for her investigation of drug trafficking in north central Florida counties.[3][5] She became Capital Bureau chief in Tallahassee in 1986 and later worked on special projects and as a columnist.

A 2012 All Things Considered profile described Morgan as "an institution in Florida".[6] Seven years after her first announced retirement[7] led to a continued active reporting career, she announced her full retirement in January 2013.[8]

Morgan was inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame in 2006.[9] In 2005 the Florida State Senate renamed its press gallery in her honor.[7][10]

Morgan's investigation of the $49.6 million mortgage fraud/Ponzi scheme run in Glenville, North Carolina, to where she had retired, by Miami developer Domenico Rabuffo - while he was in the United States Federal Witness Protection Program[11] - was the subject of the American Greed episode "Goodfella Gone Bad".


  1. ^ a b c Elizabeth A. Brennan, Elizabeth C. Clarage, eds., Who's who of Pulitzer Prize Winners (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999), ISBN 978-1573561112, p. 356. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  2. ^ [1] St. Petersburg Times - Aug 10, 2002
  3. ^ a b Alison Pruitt, "Breaking the mold in journalism" Archived 2013-08-25 at, Community College Times, April 6, 2012.
  4. ^ [2] St. Petersburg Times - Jul 31, 1976 page 13
  5. ^ [3] St. Petersburg Times - Jun 22, 1982 page 34
  6. ^ Noah Adams, "After Decades, Journo Still Covers Fla. Legislature", All Things Considered, January 31, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "'St. Pete' Legend Lucy Morgan to Retire", Editor & Publisher, November 14, 2005.
  8. ^ "Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Lucy Morgan retiring. Really." Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, Tampa Bay Times, January 7, 2013.
  9. ^ "Lucy W. Morgan" Archived 2010-06-05 at the Wayback Machine, Florida Women's Hall of Fame (accessed 2013-08-26).
  10. ^ George Michael and Michael Killenberg, Public Affairs Reporting Now: News of, by and for the People (CRC Press, 2012), ISBN 978-1136033216, p. 106. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  11. ^ "Florida Developer Gets 27 Years in N.C. Mortgage Fraud Scheme" by Lucy Morgan Tampa Bay Times September 30, 2014; accessed August 26, 2016

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