Former Sun Sentinel columnist Jac Wilder VerSteeg joins Context Florida as Managing Editor

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Context Florida is excited to announce the addition of columnist Jac Wilder VerSteeg, who is joining the online statewide opinion network as Managing Editor.

VerSteeg replaces Thomas O’Hara, who has taken a position as full-time journalism professor at Florida Atlantic University starting in the spring.

During his career covering Florida issues for nearly three decades, VerSteeg served as a columnist for the Sun Sentinel and editorial writer and editor for The Palm Beach Post.

Highlights of VerSteeg’s career include reporting on a Haiti coup and joining Lawton and Rhea Chiles for breakfast in the Governor’s Mansion. He has also been recognized by a number of awards for writing about education and open government.

Born in Chicago, VerSteeg loves Florida’s wildlife … and hates hurricanes. He grew up in North Carolina, graduating from East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“I look forward to being a part of the intelligent debate that thrives on Context Florida,” VerSteeg said.

Context Florida has been in operation since August 2013. Contributors to the site include Bruce Ritchie, Martin Dykman, Diane Roberts, Andrew Skeritt, Daniel Tilson, and Adam Weinstein, as well as editorial cartoonist Bill Day. Each day, at least four original op-eds are published on the site and then distributed — for free — to Florida newspapers. Context Florida columns have appeared in every major Florida newspaper.

In November, Context Florida was granted membership in the Florida Press Association.

Along with SaintPetersBlog.com, PoliticsofPot.com, Sunburn (the daily email about what’s hot in Florida politics), and the forthcoming FloridaPolitics.com, Context Florida is demonstrating how new media can succeed in the Sunshine State.

Photo via the Sun Sentinel.

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.