Thursday, November 23, 2017

Writers

Ben Montgomery

Ben Montgomery

Ben Montgomery is an enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and founder of the narrative journalism website Gangrey.com. Montgomery grew up in Oklahoma and studied journalism at Arkansas Tech University, where he played defensive back for the football team, the Wonder Boys. He worked for the Courier in Russellville, Ark., the Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas, the Times Herald-Record in New York's Hudson River Valley and the Tampa Tribune before joining the Times in 2006. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting and won the Dart Award and Casey Medal for a series called "For Their Own Good," about abuse at Florida's oldest reform school. He lives in Tampa with his wife, Jennifer, and three children.



BEN MONTGOMERY   |   Times
Asher Montgomery looks over a canal in Hamburg, Germany's Hafen City, home to museums, restaurants and the city's philharmonic.
EASTERN EUROPE
for LATITUDES 
Story by BEN MONTGOMERY

17 days, 9 countries: One manís jaunt through Eastern Europe

USTI NAD LABEM, Czech Republice_SDLqYou know where I got to go when I was a kid?" I asked my daughter as we climbed the steps to a 14th century castle overlooking the River Elbe and this worn, industrial city."Where?""Texas," I...
Updated one month ago
Robert E. Lee Elementary School, the subject of controversy lately because of its namesake, caught fire Tuesday night. [Courtesy of Renee King]

Flames consume Robert E. Lee Elementary in Tampa Heights (w/video)

TAMPA — Robert E. Lee Elementary School is no more.The oldest magnet school in Hillsborough County, which some school board members were trying to rename as part of a nationwide movement to remove Confederate symbols, burned down on...
Updated: 2 months ago
Thomas and Mina Edison look out at their Moonlight Garden from Thomas'  office, behind them. In 1926, when the garden was planted, Thomas was 79.. Provided by Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

Enduring the power outage: What would Thomas Edison think?

Day Four feels like Day Fourteen when the power is out and there's nothing to do but endure. All that's left in the pantry is a can of whole tomatoes, a half-sack of black-eyed peas and a box of Turkish Delights the neighbors brought back from...
Updated: 2 months ago
A tree down came down but missed this 1920s home at 738 Seventh St. N in the Historic Uptown neighborhood of St. Petersburg. Damage became apparent with the light of day Monday morning.

Irma spares Tampa Bay, other parts of the state not as lucky

Tampa Bay spared worst as Irma brings havoc, takes out power.
Updated: 2 months ago
Scores of people walk on the floor of Tampa Bay along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa. The water dramatically receded Sunday afternoon ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma: We can't help being looky loos

Pets indoors. Windows covered. Tubs filled. Pantry full of nonperishables. Enough candles to contact the dead.We fell asleep Saturday with anxiety and slept in fits, wondering what Sunday would bring, the words of the weathermen ringing. Chaos.
Updated: 2 months ago
Dimly Tamayo, 33, left, her husband William Tamayo, 28, center, both watch her father Omar Perez measure wood to cover the windows of his home ahead of Hurricane Irma in the Palmetto Beach neighborhood in Tampa on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Hurricane Irma: Stay or go? The question we are all contemplating

We've spent all week worrying, wondering, trying hard to remember why we moved onto this peninsula that juts into the ocean like a spur. We threw plans against forecasts that looked like spaghetti noodles and came away with threadbare answers that...
Updated: 2 months ago
Jim Wolf, 52, of Alma, Michigan, and a crew of friends drove a 27-foot Avalon pontoon boat from Clearwater Beach to Cuba in June. Asked why, Wolf said:

Crew recounts trip to Cuba aboard pontoon 'sea car'

Despite some initial doubts, one member says the boat proved its seaworthiness.
Updated: 3 months ago
Charred sabal palms line the west beach on Egmont Key. A July 2016 fire, caused by lightning, burned through about 88 acres but didn’t damage any historic structures.

A year later, Egmont Key wildfire considered a 'good thing'

A park ranger said last year's fire on Egmont Key cleared years of accumulated brush.
Updated: 3 months ago
[Illustration by Steve Madden | Times]

Press '1' if you're sick of customer satisfaction surveys

Businesses are busy asking customers any number of things; here's why.
Updated: 3 months ago
Matt Cooney proposed to his girlfriend, Emily VanEtten, while on a golf course. The two planned to get married in November 2018.

Epilogue: Small of stature, Matt Cooney was known for never giving up on the golf course

His small size belied his determination, and love of the game guided his life.
Updated: 4 months ago