Connor Jacobson

Connor Jacobson

City Editor, LALtoday

Connor is a lifelong Floridian based in Lakeland who joined LALtoday in 2022. A Southeastern University alum, her background is in marketing and writing. When she’s not bringing you Lakeland’s top stories, you can find her shopping at the downtown farmers market, searching local coffee shops for the best hazelnut latte, or performing comedy shows with Swan City Improv.

Get ready to “Gather, Eat, Chill” at Bowen Yard in downtown Winter Haven.
Get answers to these frequently asked questions about affordable housing options and qualifications in Lakeland.
Plain, with cream cheese, or topped with an egg, bagels are sure to be a hole in one. Order one from these local bakeries, delis, and cafes.
Could your neighbor be the next big star?
Create the city you want to live in by applying to serve in these volunteer roles.
In need of a one-day getaway? We’re sharing our readers’ favorite things to do, see, and eat in towns within a quick drive of Swan City.
Tell us which biz you think deserves a second chance.
When cravings hit, level up your dessert game at one of these local sweet shops and makers in Lakeland, Florida.
The list of best-performing cities considers the economy, resiliency, and growth of 400+ cities. See where Lakeland ranked.
Check out the floor plans, renderings, and price range of this complex within walking distance of downtown Lakeland’s hot spots.
The actor and wrestler stopped by a Swan City staple to fuel up before heading to work.
Find a new outfit or the perfect gift for a friend at these locally owned small businesses.
The Polk Senior Games will draw 2,000 competitors and 700 volunteers. Learn how you can compete, help, or cheer at this year’s events.
See how Lakeland’s running trails and local support earned made it a Runner Friendly Community for the next five years.
Check out these brunch restaurants, cafes, and diners in Lakeland, serving a variety of egg dishes, mimosas, bloody marys, and more.
Find floral arrangements, Florida natives, and houseplants at these local shops.
As this food hall gets closer to opening, see the latest renderings of the 14,000-sqft indoor and outdoor space coming to The Depot 303 in downtown Mulberry.
As admission deadlines loom, don’t miss out on applying to one of Lakeland’s local colleges.
We’ve got the ultimate list of Lakeland events you don’t want to miss out on each year. Mark your calendar for these community celebrations.
The votes are in for the LALtoday 2023 Picture of the Year contest. Check out the finalists below, including the winner that you, our readers, voted for.
Dining in Lakeland is always a fresh experience with new restaurants popping up all the time — and more on the way.
Lakeland’s restaurants are deserving of recognition — see who our readers think deserves a prestigious James Beard Award next year.
Dive into the history behind the Lakeland Country Club and learn how you can become a future member.
Find a love of literature at these reading programs for all ages.
Need that big backyard for the kiddos to roam? Or does a vibrant street scene draw you in? Our fun quiz will help you pick the Lakeland neighborhood that’s right for you.
This local plant nursery will offer deals on all native trees during Florida Arbor Day weekend, so you can beautify your space.
While you really can’t go wrong in Swan City, this quiz will guide you to the perfect Lakeland neighborhood just for you.
Prep for the convention with events, guests, and exhibitions we wouldn’t miss.
Do you remember the time Publix made a huge birthday cake for an entire Lakeland neighborhood? Read on for the story.
You told us which empty buildings could be converted into affordable housing.