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.


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.

Jim Baltzelle (Board Secretary) 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.

Charles M. Tatelbaum is a Fort Lauderdale lawyer who chairs the creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice at Tripp Scott. He is also a board member of Hispanic Unity of Florida, where he serves as chair of the development committee. He served for two years as chair of the board of directors for Friends of WLRN, the NPR and PBS affiliates for South Florida, while serving on its board for eight years and as its treasurer for one year.

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.

Trevor Aaronson (Ex Officio) is the executive director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. He co-founded the investigative nonprofit in 2010.

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