Board

Florida Center for Investigative Reporting is operated by professional journalists and overseen by a Board of Directors whose backgrounds include journalism, law, government and business.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sharon Rosenhause (Board President), retired managing editor of the Sun-Sentinel, has served on many journalism boards, including the American Society of News EditorsFlorida Society of Newspaper Editors and currently the Institute for Justice and Journalism. A 2009 visiting professor of ethics and diversity  at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School, Rosenhause edited ASU’s 2011 News21 food safety investigation and the 2012  voting rights project.

Joe Adams (Board Treasurer) is an editorial writer for the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville and author of The Florida Public Records Handbook.

Jim Baltzelle is the Florida bureau chief and Caribbean sales manager for the Associated Press. He is also president of the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and a Sulzberger Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School.

Gregg D. Thomas is the managing partner of Thomas & LoCicero. He has defended newspapers and television stations in more than 100 defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, and intellectual property matters.

Dr. Stephanie Tripp is a digital media theorist and practitioner who teaches at the University of Tampa. She previously worked as a reporter at The Tampa Tribune and The Ledger in Lakeland.

Barbara A. Petersen, president of the Tallahassee-based Florida First Amendment Foundation since 1995, is also on the boards of the National Freedom of Information Coalition, which she has served as president and treasurer, and the Florida Society of News Editors. A graduate of the University of Missouri and the Florida State University College of Law, Petersen served as chair of former Gov. Charlie Crist’s Commission on Open Government Reform and is currently Florida Senate President Don Gaetz’s appointee to the User Experience Task Force, which is charged with enhancing transparency in Florida’s government.

Mercedes Vigón is the associate director of the International Media Center in Miami. She also worked as a TV news director for Net Financial News, as executive producer and international writer for CBS Telenoticias, and as a journalist with United Press International.

Matt Waite is a former senior news technologist for the St. Petersburg Times and the principal developer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact.

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