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In the past decade, at least 82,000 guns have been reported stolen or lost in the state of Florida. And a recent investigation from the Tampa Bay Times and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting found that few are ever recovered.

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Terry Tomalin, the outdoors editor for the Tampa Bay Times, died suddenly Thursday.

Tomalin was also a member of the faculty at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where he taught digital journalism and led the Outdoor Leadership Program. He was also a graduate of USF.

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If a metro area with 2.7 million people can't sustain two newspapers — especially with an aging population with the time and inclination to read a printed paper — can anywhere?

Some say maybe not.

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 Florida's largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, said Tuesday it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune, ending a decades-long newspaper rivalry.

Tampa Bay Times Sells St. Petersburg Headquarters

Apr 24, 2016

The Tampa Bay Times has announced it sold its eight-story downtown St. Petersburg building for $19 million to a joint venture group: Convergent Capital Partners and Denholtz Associates.

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Ethical questions are being raised about the Tampa Bay Times' coverage of Don Hughes, the Ruskin man who flew a homemade gyrocopter onto the grounds of the Capitol.

The Times first reported on Hughes' flight close to the time he took to the air on Wednesday.

“We spent hours and hours talking about the ethics of this,” said reporter Ben Montgomery, who first encountered Hughes when the postal worker called him at work and told him his plans. “Ultimately, we felt comfortable that he was on the authorities’ radar and that he was not homicidal or suicidal. He had his plan down to a T. Is it our job to call attention to it?” Actually, yes, say media ethicists. “A news organization should be extremely knowledgeable of the potential harm” a stunt like this could cause, said Edward Wasserman, dean of the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. “I really question their judgment. There is no end of the ways this could have gone wrong.”

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More than a half dozen authors with ties to the University of South Florida will appear alongside such literary heavyweights as R.L. Stine and Carl Hiaasen at the 22nd Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading this Saturday at the USF Saint Petersburg campus.

The list ranges from current faculty members like Jonathan Rottenberg (hear an interview with him here) to former faculty like St. Petersburg poet laureate Peter Meinke to USF graduate and "Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi. You can see a full schedule of speakers here.


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Many of us have great memories of our college dorm experiences, and according to two roommates, you couldn’t have found a better place and time then the third floor of Jennings Hall at the University of Florida in 1982.

The Tampa Bay Times has won a Pulitzer Prize for an investigation into the squalid conditions of Hillsborough County's homeless housing program.

The Times' award was among the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes announced at Columbia University on Monday.

The paper received a tip from a homeless man that the Tampa Port Authority chairman operated a squalid trailer park for the homeless.

Grandma Gatewood: A Long Walk Into Hiking History

Mar 30, 2014
Chicago Review Press

In the spring of 1955, 67-year-old Emma Gatewood left her home in Ohio, telling her children she was going for a walk.

What she didn't tell them was she was going for a walk on the Appalachian Trail - all 2050 miles from Georgia to Maine.  

When she finished the following fall, she became the first woman ever to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, or "the AT," as hikers refer to it.

She did it with a homemade sort of backpack, wearing tennis shoes and with about 200 dollars in spending money.

Journalists — Of Color! — To Watch In 2014

Jan 5, 2014

You can set your watch to it: If it's the end of the year, journalists are putting together their obligatory lists. And often when someone decides to cobble together a list of the "35 Blanks Under 35 To Watch For," the list is monochromatic. So it went with Politico's "10 Journalists to Watch in 2014," which boasted nary a single person of color.

Paul Tash Loves WUSF

Dec 20, 2013
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Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of the Tampa Bay Times, knows quality journalism when he hears it.

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More than forty authors will appear at this Saturday's 21st Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. While some of them will come from around the country, a number with ties to the University of South Florida will have a much shorter trip to the USF St. Petersburg campus.

Times Book Editor Collette Bancroft, who assembles the roster of authors, calls the university "a rich resource of talent,” adding that by inviting local authors, the Festival truly becomes a community event.


Paying to Read The Tampa Bay Times Online

Sep 14, 2013
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You can still view the "Tampa Bay Times" online for free. But only 15 pages per month.

To see more of the online version of the newspaper you now have to become a paid online subscriber.

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Tampa Bay Times' editor of editorials Tim Nickens and columnist Daniel Ruth have received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.

According to the Times, the two were honored "for editorials that encouraged Pinellas County to resume adding fluoride to the drinking water."

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There once was a rep from Plant City

Whom poetry made quite giddy.

So he filed a bill

On Florida’s Capitol Hill

To keep a poet laureate sitting pretty.

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To watch Dan Raulerson state his case in rhymes,

Check out this video from the Tampa Bay Times:

Courtesy of Chris Davis

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin. The unarmed Sanford teenager was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. When Zimmerman goes on trial for second-degree murder this summer, he's expected to use Florida's Stand Your Ground law as his defense.

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Eric Deggans wears a lot of hats: Tampa Bay Times media critic. NPR contributor. One of Ebony magazine's Power 150 -- a list of the country's most influential black Americans.

In his new book, Deggans embraces a title given to him by Fox News pundit Bill O'Reilly: race-baiter. Deggans recently chatted with WUSF about the book, Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.

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Former Tampa Bay Times editor and civil rights advocate Eugene Patterson died this past weekend at the age of 89 after being treated for cancer.

Patterson was a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and columnist.

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