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Michael LaForgia leaving Tampa Bay Times to join New York Times investigative reporting team

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Another award-winning Tampa Bay Times reporter and editor is moving on. On Thursday, the paper announced Michael LaForgia is heading to The New York Times to become part of its investigative reporting team. The 33-year-old LaForgia has been the investigative editor for the Tampa Bay Times since August, and with the paper overall since 2012. He has been twice part of a team that won a Pulitzer for Local Reporting. The first Pulitzer was in 2014, when LaForgia and Will Hobson won…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.19.16 – Bernie Sanders goes after Hillary Clinton for violating campaign finance laws

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Welcome to April 19, the 23rd anniversary of the Waco siege and the 21st anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. And now today’s NY state primary, which, by the shape of things, could be pretty anti-climactic. Donald Trump‘s victory is a given, and right now most polls have Bernie Sanders down by double-digits to Hillary Clinton. The Sanders campaign made news yesterday by going public with a complaint that has been big on the Internets over the past couple of weeks…

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Will ‘Failure Factories’ win the Times another Pulitzer Prize?

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Readers of the Tampa Bay Times online and print editions read every day that the paper has won 10 Pulitzer Prizes. Will that number increase to 11 later today? “Failure Factories,” the Times’ investigation into Pinellas County public schools, has won a slew of prestigious national awards since its publication last summer, but the Pulitzer is the big one, and it undoubtedly will be given strong consideration. The investigation, researched and reported by Cara Fitzpatrick, Lisa Garter, Michael LaForgia and Nathalie Lash, showed how the…

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“Failure Factories” takes first prize in Philip Meyer Award for investigative journalism

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The Tampa Bay Times is walking way with a First Place win in the prestigious Philip Meyer Award for investigative reporters and editors. Times writers Cara Fitzpatrick, Michael LaForgia, Lisa Gartner, Nathaniel Lash and Connie Humburg took top honors in the 2015 award for their “Failure Factories” investigation The expose uncovered five chronically failing elementary schools all located in the poor communities of South St. Pete. The schools, once performing on par with other average schools, nose-dived into failing following…

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Tampa Bay Times outperforms all the rest in statewide media competition

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The Tampa Bay Times won more awards than any other large-circulation news group in the state in the Florida Society of News Editors competition this year. According to the paper, the Times took away 12 first-place awards and 29 others. Among the first-place finishers this year were Adam Smith and Michael Kruse for work in the Features and Arts Writing category under “Knowing Charlie Crist.” Times’ coverage of the Florida State University shooting took home a first place finish under…

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