I'm a hockey reporter covering the Tampa Bay Lightning for Florida's largest newspaper. AMA!
Hey, everyone! I'm Diana C. Nearhos, and I've been covering the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Tampa Bay Times for 16 months. Before that, I reported on minor league hockey (AHL and ECHL) in Glens Falls, N.Y.
I'm at almost every practice and game, including on the road (checking in from L.A. this morning!), so I see a lot of hockey. Tampa Bay is a smaller NHL market, but the Lightning have been one of the league’s best teams for the past five years — so there’s always something interesting happening.
My first year on the beat was spent covering a historic season as the Lightning ran away with the regular-season title only to collapse in the playoffs. This year, they’re trying to be a more well-rounded team, and it’s mostly working — Monday’s loss in Dallas being an example of when it isn’t.
I also live on tea (and post my pregame tea to Twitter each game), and spend a lot of my travel time reading (to the tune of about 180 books a year).
Ask me about hockey, journalism, tea, books, anything!
EDIT: Thanks for all the questions, everyone! I'm off to get ready for morning skate. I'll check back in later this afternoon to answer more questions. In the meantime ... check out my work at tampabay.com/lightning and I'm always taking questions on Twitter. If there's interest, we'll do this again before the playoffs.
2ND EDIT: I've answered another round of questions but need to actually write now. Thank you everyone for all of the questions. This has been fun! Consider signing up for our Lightning Strikes newsletter to get a weekly hit of updates in your inbox.