Listening to Black Voices

Sarasota’s Kate Harris on Her Front-Row Seat During Brown v. Board of Education

Harris’ parents shaped history and welcomed major Black figures of the civil rights movement into their home.

07/07/2020 By Heather Dunhill

Listening to Black Voices

Civil Rights Leader Dr. Willie Clemons on Activism and Forgiveness

We are committed to sharing the stories of Sarasota’s vibrant Black community.

06/23/2020 By Heather Dunhill

The Future Was Female

Emma E. Booker Taught Generations and Transformed Black Education in Sarasota

To mark Amendment 19's 100th anniversary of giving women the right to vote, we're telling the stories of influential local women.

06/22/2020 By Kay Kipling

Fast Track

Sarasota Military Academy Teacher Wins Army Instructor of the Year Award

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Morris "Ben" Weiss was honored for his effectiveness and dedication to the classroom and the community.

06/15/2020 By Staff

The Future Was Female

Who Was the Celebrated Pioneer Who Gave Palmer Ranch Its Name?

Bertha Honore Palmer was a famed Chicago socialite—and so much more.

06/15/2020 By Kay Kipling and Ilene Denton

Civil Rights

Activists Launch Petition to Rename Journalism School After Sarasota Resident

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, an award-winning journalist and civil rights leader, was the first black student to integrate the University of Georgia.

06/15/2020 By David Hackett and Megan McDonald

'This Is An Incredible Time in History'

Sarasota's Mayor Says the Time for Anti-Racist Action Is Now

Jen Ahearn-Koch discusses the protests that have rocked America, how Sarasota city government should respond and whether we need to 'defund the police.'

06/11/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Fast Track

Jewish Family and Children's Services Names Interim CEO

Arthur Lerman was previously executive director of ITNSuncoast and We Care Manatee.

06/10/2020 By Staff

Fast Track

Lakewood Ranch Resident Receives Prestigious National Honors

Brendan Flores has been recognized by NAAPPPA and WorldRemit as one of the nation's most prominent Filipino-Americans.

06/05/2020 By Staff

Canine Courage

Sarasota Dog Advances to Semifinals of National Hero Dog Awards

Rek is a retired explosive detection dog who served five years in Iraq and Afghanistan.

06/05/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Photos

Photos: People Take to the Streets to Protest the Killing of George Floyd

Chants of "Black lives matter," "No justice, no peace," and "I can't breathe" echoed through downtown Sarasota on Wednesday.

06/04/2020 Photography by Joe Lipstein With Cooper Levey-Baker

Troubled Times

Sarasota's Black Community Reacts to the Death of George Floyd

A chorus of voices speaks out about racism, justice and our future.

06/02/2020 By Susan Burns, Megan McDonald, Heather Dunhill, Kay Kipling, Jessika Ward, and Cooper Levey-Baker

Mr. Chatterbox

The Way We Were: Mr. Chatterbox, John D. MacDonald and the Herald-Tribune

To Mr. C, the paper’s greatest accomplishment is serving as literary muse to Florida’s greatest storyteller.

06/01/2020

Coronavirus

How COVID-19 Has Complicated the Process for Adoptions and Foster Families

The pandemic has caused a decline in the number of potential new homes for kids who need them.

05/04/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Creative Fire

Adventure Chef Sophie Hollingsworth Brings Her Urban Fire Feast to the Hermitage Artist Retreat

"The kind of meals you might imagine crafted if Indiana Jones and Martha Stewart threw a dinner party.”

04/07/2020 By Ilene Denton

Who We Are

Sarasota’s Demographics Have a Major Impact on Life in Our Region

That includes housing, schools, culture and services—and a political impact, some say, may not be far behind.

04/01/2020 By Dan Fost, Cooper Levey-Baker, and Kay Kipling

'I Was Passionate About Wanting to be a Chef'

Sarasota’s Restaurant Scene Provides Plenty of Job Opportunities

Just ask Francisco Juarez, who worked his way up from dishwasher to sous chef.

04/01/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

'We've Never Looked Back'

IMG Brought This Couple to Sarasota. The Region's Lifestyle Kept Them Here

“Our kids say, ‘You’re the busiest retired couple I’ve ever seen.'"

04/01/2020 By Kay Kipling

'I Have Goals and Dreams'

How Sarasota's Hispanic Community Has Changed

Yarumi Espana says her children’s experience growing up in Sarasota is “way different” from hers.

04/01/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

First Person

'There Aren't Enough Tests': A Sarasota Native Shares Her Experience With COVID-19

While returning to Sarasota from Egypt, Kirstin Whitmire began to develop a fever and a sore throat. At first, she thought it was just stress and exhaustion.

03/25/2020 By Megan McDonald