Politicians underestimated this reporter. Bless their hearts.



Virginia Ellis was the first woman to lead this newsroom’s statehouse bureau. She died on Christmas Eve at 77.

More than 50 years ago, as a hurricane headed for Tampa Bay, the St. Petersburg Times newsroom met to hash out plans.

Bob Haiman, then managing editor, chose a handful of reporters to head into the storm. Get rain gear, he told them, cash, gas and tell your spouses you’ll be gone for several days.

Another team would stay in the newsroom, he explained, and transcribe reports over the phone.

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