Veteran political reporter William March fired by Tampa Tribune

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William March, the veteran political reporter at the Tampa Tribune, is no longer with the paper. March confirmed to me Monday night that he had been let go after SPB learned of the situation via March’s voicemail message stating he was no longer with the Trib.

Asked how much notice he was given, March responded, “Five minutes.”

Tampa Tribune Metro Editor Dennis Joyce would not verify whether March was laid off, nor would he offer biographical information about March’s tenure with the paper.

March has been with the Tribune for more than thirty years.

March covered state and some national politics for the paper. March’s most recent post on the Tribune‘s website Friday asks which Rick Scott will now govern Florida, Tea Party or moderate? He has covered the most recent midterms, as well as numerous other elections. March, who other reporters know as “Windy,” has been a staple at stump speeches and political events throughout Tampa Bay and Florida.

***Update*** – March emailed me because he could not get the commenting system on our site to work: “To everyone – Thanks for the kind words, particularly from those I haven’t talked to in a long time like Rick Barry, Lisa Demer, and Bill Grueskin. I have to admit I’m pleased to have such comments from people all over the good old political spectrum like Rep. Baxley, Speaker Cannon, Todd Marks, as well as Farah Stokes, Liz Alpert, Margaret Lynn and others. I hope that means something.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.