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What Adam Smith will be writing about next…

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I apologize in advance for being so juvenile … Last week, I camped out at Kahwa Coffee on Second Avenue South. I had just dropped off Ella at school and I wanted to get back to work right away. So I returned to the bustling coffee shop that once served as my “office” when Michelle and I lived downtown. Kahwa South is a great spot to work from because it’s so full of energy. And you never know who will walk through its doors…

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Tampa Bay Times Mike Van Sickler named Government & Politics Editor

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Michael Van Sickler, the talented Tampa Bay Times investigative reporter behind numerous must-read stories for more than a decade before moving into an editing position in 2015, has received a promotion. The Cleveland native has been named Government & Politics Editor, replacing Jeff Harrington, who is returning to business reporting. “I’m pretty excited about teaming up again with an incredibly talented Times/Herald staff as we enter the home stretch of the strangest political cycle in my lifetime,” he wrote to FloridaPolitics.com in an email.…

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WTSP’s Mike Deeson takes home 2015 Sunshine State Journalist of the Year award

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WTSP reporter Mike Deeson has been named the 2015 Sunshine State Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Pro Chapter. Deeson also nabbed several other awards for his work uncovering deception within the ranks of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. Deeson’s series of investigative reports about a Department of Homeland Security grant that was misused by PSTA earned him several other awards as well, including the First Amendment Foundation’s Freedom of Information Award, the Government Coverage Award, Continuing Coverage Award…

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Tampa Bay Times outperforms all the rest in statewide media competition

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The Tampa Bay Times won more awards than any other large-circulation news group in the state in the Florida Society of News Editors competition this year. According to the paper, the Times took away 12 first-place awards and 29 others. Among the first-place finishers this year were Adam Smith and Michael Kruse for work in the Features and Arts Writing category under “Knowing Charlie Crist.” Times’ coverage of the Florida State University shooting took home a first place finish under…

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Jeff Atwater, Jose Oliva & Florida Senate stars of Capitol Press Corps Skits

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The Florida Senate’s creative use of music and a whimsical self-awareness among members of the Florida Cabinet were among the highlights of the 60th (Sometimes) Annual Capitol Press Corps Skits Tuesday night. Reporters and politicos lampooned each other with the House and Attorney General Pam Bondi paying Times reporter Michael Van Sickler maybe the profession’s highest compliment – the jokes at his expense revealed they are really glad he’s leaving town for a gig downstate. Tia Mitchell demanded attention with…

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Bill Foster not so proud of what he saw at St. Pete Pride on Saturday

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Michael Van Sickler asked Bill Foster for his impression of the St. Pete Pride parade on Saturday: Alas, as he did four years ago, Foster said he saw much of the same adult-themed behavior. “Nothing was really different,” Foster said. “The organizers can’t control the revelers, who are along the parade route, but they can control the parade participants and the vendors. I’m not going to go into specifics, but it was tailored to an adult audience.” Asked what he saw that was…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times (6/13)

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Wouldn’t the St. Petersburg Times just save a lot of time and money if it could figure out a way to sick PolitiFact onto the Scientologists?  And the Navy Veterans Association, for that matter.  Can you imagine if you live in Clearwater and you are, in fact, a Scientologist and a donor to the Navy Veterans Association…you must be ready to paint-ball the entire Times building Anyway, the absolute must-read in today’s St. Petersburg Times — and a great example of why…

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