Tampa Tribune reporter Laura Kinsler is leaving the paper after a 15-year career there. Kinsler’s last day is August 20.
According to an internal email leaked to SaintPetersBlog, Kinsler will take a position as a business writer with the Orlando Sentinel’s subscriber-only online newsletter, GrowthSpotter.
“Laura has worked at the Tribune for 15 years, starting downtown at city hall with some goofball – oh, it was me – as her editor,” Tribune managing editor Ken Koehn wrote in an email announcing her upcoming departure.
According to the email, Kinsler’s scoop on the list of retailers coming to Tampa Premium Outlets caught the Sentinel’s eye in June.
Kinsler has covered stories ranging from reporting on the Steve LaBrake bribery scandal that led to a five-year prison sentence, Dick Greco’s then-unprecedented trip to Cuba and working on the 2000 presidential election recount. More recently she has served as a county government reporter.
Koehn’s email includes some personal touches highlighting Kinsler’s relationship with other staffers.
He wrote that she spent years “terrorizing John McCoy with holiday decorations – including a dancing Santa and giant inflatable dreidel.”
Kinsler begins her new gig at the Orlando Sentinel after Labor Day.