Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times feature writer who prefers writing about people in the shadows. She went to work with a 100-year-old man who still swept out a seafood warehouse, hung out beneath a bridge with a colony of sex offenders and followed a feral child who was adopted. Her story 2008 story on The Girl in the Window was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for a "moving, richly detailed story of a neglected little girl, found in a roach-infested room, unable to talk or feed herself, who was adopted by a new family committed to her nurturing."
DeGregory graduated from the University of Virginia, where she was editor in chief of the Cavalier Daily student newspaper. Later, she earned a master's degree in rhetoric and communication studies from the University of Virginia.
For 10 years, she wrote news and feature stories for the Virginian-Pilot, based in Norfolk, Va., and joined the Times in 2000. She's married to a drummer, Dan DeGregory, and they have two sons, Ryland and Tucker.
Her stories have appeared in Best Newspaper Writing, and she has taught journalism at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, been a speaker at the Nieman Narrative Conference at Harvard University and has won dozens of other national awards.