Mitch Perry, one of Tampa Bay’s most respected political reporters, joins health care journalism expert Christine Sexton as the newest members of Extensive Enterprises Media (EEM).
EEM publishes the popular Sunburn daily political digest, as well as influential websites SaintPetersBlog, Context Florida, Politics of Pot, and the soon-to-launch Florida Politics.
For the past five years, Perry was News and Politics Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa in addition to hosting a weekly local news show on WMNF 88.5.
Perry’s role at EEM will be to lead the expanding local coverage on SaintPetersBlog, as well as provide his unique political blogging style to Florida Politics and other EEM assets.
A native of San Francisco, Perry began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley, CA. After arriving in Florida in 2000, he worked as Assistant News Director at WMNF Tampa. In 2003, Perry produced, anchored and co-wrote the WMNF Evening News, a show focusing heavily on local and state politics.
In 2009, Perry joined Creative Loafing to became News & Politics Editor, writing weekly feature stories and daily blogs on local, state and national political news.
Among his writing and reporting duties, Perry moderated a number of debates (mayoral, congressional, school board, judicial) and serves as host of the Last Call weekly talk radio show on WMNF. Perry also received several awards and recognitions in his time in the Tampa Bay area, including a Sunshine State Award for Best Political Commentary in 2013 and a joint Association of Alternative Newsweeklies award for coverage of the 2012 RNC.
“I’m extremely excited to be joining Peter and his growing staff of reporters,” Perry says. “I’m hoping to bring some of my CL readers over to FloridaPolitics.com, and make it the essential site for political junkies in Florida.”
Christine Sexton is a correspondent whose work has appeared in Bloomberg, the New York Times, the Associated Press, Florida Medical Business, the Florida Current and a range of trade magazines. She is also president of TallahasseeReporters.com
Her specialty is healthcare and medical issue reporting, and will lead health care policy coverage for Florida Politics.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to provide comprehensive health care reporting to a growing and important audience,” Sexton says. “Health care is big business in Florida and I’m eager to cover the issues.”
Perry and Sexton join a diverse roster of experienced journalists, including editors Thomas O’Hara and Rich Bard, Tallahassee-based reporter James Call, writers Phil Ammann and Janelle Irwin, as well as more than three dozen occasional contributors, including Martin Dyckman, Bruce Ritchie, Diane Roberts, Daniel Tilson, and Adam Weinstein.