Florida Center for Investigative Reporting announces staff changes

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The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting’s masthead will undergo some alterations.

Blogger/reporter Howard Goodman — who has reported on the Trayvon Martin shootingFlorida’s voter restrictions and higher education spending, among other topics — will step down at the end of the week to pursue other opportunities.

Ashley Lopez, a former reporter/blogger for the now-defunct Florida Independent, will replace Goodman starting June 4. A Miami native, Lopez has interned for Talking Points Memo and an NPR affiliate in North Carolina. In addition to her duties at FCIR, Lopez will report for WLRN Miami Herald News, one of FCIR’s media partners.

Contributing Editor Tristram Korten, who most recently examined Gov. Rick Scott’s job creation claims and the costs to Florida to defend controversial new laws, will take a leave of absence this summer to accept a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.