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Personnel note: Arek Sarkissian joins Naples Daily News as Tally Bureau Chief

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Gainesville Sun public safety reporter Arek Sarkissian has been tapped to become Tallahassee bureau chief for the Naples Daily News.

Prior to joining the Sun in August 2014, Sarkissian was a legislative reporter for LobbyTools, where he focused on health care and education issues. Before that, he served as a multimedia journalist for the Tallahassee Democrat.

“Leaving The Sun is hard,” Sarkissian said about his new role, “but I’m excited to work on a team that loves this state and the news business so much.”

“Also, I’m excited to reunite with my Tallahassee long-distance running crew,” he added.

Sarkissian will stay in Gainesville one night a week to teach a reporting lab under Mike Foley at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.

The Arizona Daily Wildcat alumni website calls Sarkissian a “reporter’s reporter” who often writes on state worker issues, and named Gannett employee of the month for coverage of the Florida Retirement System. He also covered Gov. Rick Scott’s trade mission to Bogota, Colombia. Sarkissian has also reported on public safety and the courts in Evansville, Ind., Savannah, Ga., and Bluffon, S.C..

Sarkissian will be replacing Matt Dixon, who left the Scripps/Journal Media Group to join POLITICO.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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