TV reporter Preston Rudie joining U.S. Rep. David Jolly’s staff as communications director

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TV reporter Preston Rudie will be moving from one side of the microphone to the other, this time to become the new communications director for U.S. Rep. David Jolly.

It was announced today that Rudie would be leaving WTSP/10 News CBS affiliate in Tampa, where for a dozen years the Emmy award-winning journalist covered a wide range of stories — from somber breaking news to more lighthearted human-interest pieces, chronicling life in always-fascinating Tampa Bay.

“For the past 23 years, I’ve been serving the public and helping give a voice to the voiceless as a journalist. I think my years of working in the area and experience covering the issues that affect Pinellas County will help me better serve the people of the 13th District,” Rudie said.

According to his WTSP bio, during his tenure in the Tampa market, Rudie received more than 40 Emmy nominations, winning 24 times, as well as getting six Edward R. Murrow awards for outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.

Rudie was also recognized with both the Society of Professional Journalists and Associated Press awards as Florida’s leading large market reporter.

A  Wisconsin native, Rudie attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, beginning as a radio reporter in Iowa after graduation. He launched his television news career in 1996 at Green Bay NBC affiliate WGBA, later moving to WITI-TV FOX 6 in 1999. Rudie joined WTSP/10 News in 2002.

As communication director, Rudie will be responsible for Jolly’s public image, serving as a key spokesperson for Pinellas County’s newest congressional representative.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to work with Preston who I truly believe is focused on making our community better. I’m confident he will be an advocate for Pinellas County,”Jolly said in a release.

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