Food editor Janet Keeler confirms she will leave the Times for USFSP

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Food and travel editor Janet Keeler has confirmed she is leaving the Tampa Bay Times for a position at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg as visiting professor.

As reported in SaintPetersBlog Nov. 21, the founder of the online foodie community #CookClub was considering an expanded role at the USFSP. Starting in January, Keeler will teach basic journalism and coordinate the USFSP Food Writing and Photography graduate certificate programs.

Keeler has been with the Times since 1992. She made the announcement in a Facebook post:

Some exciting changes on the horizon for me. After 750 food sections (yes, I double-checked my math), I will be stepping down as food editor of the Tampa Bay Times at the end of December to join the faculty of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg as a visiting professor.

The Times has been my professional home for 22 years and I’ve worked with some amazing people, and had tremendous opportunities. I am fortunate to have had that experience.

Keeler, author of Cookielicious: 150 Fabulous Recipes to Bake and Share, said she will continue working on both #CookClub and Stir Crazy, her weekly online food blog.

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