I have two primary publications where my work can be found regularly, beginning with SaintPetersBlog, which is a first-rate St. Petersburg-based blog that covers government and politics in the city and county and even federal levels with a huge emphasis on state. Primarily, I lend a hand with city and county coverage. You’ll see quite a few articles that I’ve had published on SaintPetersBlog also placed here on my personal blog. Sometimes I post previews, insights, updates or unedited drafts here for a different view–mine. Here’s a sample of my most recent work:
- An interview with Pinellas County Sheriff’s candidate Scott Swope — I was surprised to learn about what a strong candidate Swope was during this interview. Unfortunately, the buzz is true: he’s not getting the media coverage he deserves. Hopefully, this article helps some. Tampa Bay Times, it’s your turn!
- An Interview with Pinellas County Commissioner Kenneth Welch — I’m biased. As far as politicians go, Ken is certainly one of my favorites. I’d have a hard time finding a politico that is more accessible to his constituents, more likely to roll up his sleeves and work for causes and issues he believes in, and more outspoken to raise issues important to the community he represents. Thanks, Ken.
- A conversation with County Commissioner Neil Brickfield — Funny story. I had been doing so many interviews on candidates for Pinellas County School Board, even knowing full-well that Brickfield was a county commissioner, I had it in my head that he was running for school board when I called him. Genuinely puzzled about why a commissioner would want to run for school board, he answered by nearly choking on the water he was sipping, assuring me that he was not. Commissioner is his spot of choice–of which I was greatly relieved, personally pleased with the work he does there…
- Profile of Pinellas County School Board Candidate Jim Jackson –What a great conversation! Talking to this guy for the first time was like talking to a long-lost friend, who is really smart with solid priorites and solutions for our youth and education.
- A conversation with Pinellas County School Board candidate Rene Flowers –I spent the evening with Rene Flowers that turned out to be profound beyond words. I joined her to hear school children, young girls, read essays about black on black crime. I heard these youths talk about loved ones and family members killed and incarcerated as though it were a normal occurrence for families. Some found it hard to identify that black on black crime actually affected them much even as tears streamed down their faces. What was more profound was the incredible talent these children displayed–in their writing and in their speaking. I am still blown away. Oh, and Flowers was remarkable as well, but she was certainly upstaged that evening. She was meant to be.
The other place that my work appears regularly is on the iLovetheBurg blog. What was intended to be a brief 3-week gig has turned into a summer job, at least. I’m happy to be working with these guys who have a great passion for St. Pete and keep their fingers on the pulse of the cool things that keep the town beating. A previous post has a few of these story links–here are a couple more…
- Proving solar can be affordable –Farias Marketing Group is committed to leading St. Pete into a genuine position as a “Green City.” Here’s just one example fo the work they are doing. NOTE: Some of the copyediting was a little rough, making a few choppy sentences and transitions, but the story is still there.
- Snapshots: Mark Sforzini of the St. Petersburg Opera –LOVED THIS! Okay, I have to. I’m a former professional classical singer, and this opera company here in St. Pete is magical. What they can do with a small budget and a small but beautiful space (The Palladium) is extraordinary.
- BONUS: Mark Sforzini –Here is the link to the unedited copy of the article above along with the transcript of the full interview