Megan Reeves, Pinellas Schools, USF Reporter

Megan Reeves

Pinellas Schools, USF Reporter

I write about K-12 schools in Pinellas County, the University of South Florida and how state education policy affects them both. I’ve been a Sunshine State resident since I was 4 and will likely never leave, though my favorite season is whenever it’s coldest. I’m a proud graduate of the University of Florida, where I decided I wanted to work for this newspaper and make St. Petersburg my home. Now, I can be found thrifting along Central Avenue, snuggling with my cat, Fran, in my mid-century living room or having coffee at my favorite spot: Black Crow in the Old Northeast. Want to talk about a story? Meet me there for a cup, my treat.

New USF consolidation plan earns praise from lawmakers

The University of South Florida revealed a new plan for the school's consolidation Thursday morning. Unlike the first plan presented in September, it promises a high level of authority to leaders on campuses in St. Petersburg, shown here, and Sarasota. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Legislators who were critical of the original plan say a new approach revealed Thursday is more in line with their expectations.

The latest on USF consolidation: Smaller campuses will keep what they have

The University of South Florida revealed a new plan for the school's consolidation Thursday morning. Unlike the first plan presented in September, it promises a high level of authority to leaders on campuses in St. Petersburg, shown here, and Sarasota. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
A new proposal also aims to strengthen programs at the universityís St. Petersburg and Sarasota locations.

Lee Benjamin played many roles for Pinellas schools. ĎHe was all about kids.í

In this image from a Pinellas County school district video, former School Board member Lee Benjamin motions to someone he knows while sitting with family members during at 2013 ceremony to name the Northeast High School gymnasium in his honor. Mr. Benjamin was the school's first basketball coach in 1954 and later became Northeast's principal in a long career with Pinellas schools that included 14 years on the School Board. He died Wednesday at age 92. Pinellas County Schools
A teacher, coach and principal at Northeast High, he rose to district administrator and served on the School Board. Mr. Benjamin died Wednesday at age 92.

Live from Gainesville, itís Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle and protesters

Kimberly Guilfoyle, left, and Donald Trump Jr. answer Twitter questions during Thursday night's appearance at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Chris Day  |  Times
Hundreds protested spending $50,000 in public dollars to bring Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle to the University of Florida. No strangers to controversy, they seemed unfazed.

Amid outrage and fanfare, UF hosts Donald Trump Jr.

Protestors gather in Turlington Plaza to practice the chant
The presidentís son was joined by former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, his girlfriend, who serves as an adviser for Donald Trumpís 2020 reelection campaign.