Gregg D. Thomas, a highly regarded media lawyer in Tampa, has joined the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting’s Board of Directors.

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

Thomas joined FCIR’s board with a commitment to strengthen investigative journalism in Florida.

“Nonprofit journalism is essential to fill the enormous void created by the layoffs and downsizing of traditional media in America,” Thomas said. “There are investigative stories that are constantly going unreported due to focus on daily news at newspapers and television stations throughout Florida. Nonprofit journalism is critical to write and produce those missing stories.”

Thomas has a history of commitment to the community, having served as a board member of Tampa Crossroads, as president of the Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts, and as a board member and president of the Tampa Museum of Art.

“Gregg, one of Florida’s most respected media lawyers, has devoted his career to a free press and public service journalism,” said Sharon Rosenhause, president of FCIR’s Board of Director.

“As board president of the Tampa Museum of Art, Gregg demonstrated a commitment to making nonprofit institutions successful. We’re delighted to have him as a colleague at the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.”