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Samara Sodos returns to region as spokesperson for Port Tampa Bay

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Samara Sodos, a former news reporter at WFLA News Channel 8 for more than a decade, has returned to the community to become the new spokesperson for Port Tampa Bay.

Sodos has most recently been working as the media relations and corporate communications manager at Wisconsin AT&T in Milwaukee.

She replaces Ed Miyagishima, who abruptly announced in March that he was leaving his position after four years to become the president and chairman of the Medal of Honor Convention of Tampa Bay 2019. He also is now also working as a principal at Shumaker Advisors Florida, LLC.

This is not Sodos’ first turn working in public relations in Tampa. She left WFLA in the fall of 2012 to work as a spokesperson for the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office.

She worked there for a little over a year before returning back her native Milwaukee and TV local news, becoming the noon co-anchor and morning show producer for NBC affiliate WMTJ, where she originally began her broadcast news career as a producer.

News of Sodos hiring was first published by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She was not immediately available for comment Tuesday morning.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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