F297. The Writer’s Newspaper: Why Storytelling Thrives in The Tampa Bay Times

Room 23, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Reporters at The Tampa Bay Times don’t write articles. They write stories, and often, they write amazing stories. That’s why the Times is the best storytelling newspaper in the country. Through strong reporting and glorious writing, the Times shows its readers what it means to live in Florida. In this panel, current and former writers from the newspaper discuss how the newspaper embraced literary journalism and talk about the reporting, writing, and editing of their award-winning stories.


Matt Tullis is a digital journalism professor at Fairfield University. He is an associate editor with River Teeth and is the host and producer of Gangrey: The Podcast. He's been noted in Best American Sports Writing three times. His memoir Running with Ghosts is forthcoming. Twitter:@matttullis

Ben Montgomery is the author of The New York Times bestseller Grandma Gatewood's Walk, which won the 2014 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography, and The Leper Spy. An award-winning staff writer at The Tampa Bay Times, Montgomery was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2010.

Michael Kruse is a senior staff writer at Politico and Politico magazine. Prior to Politico, he worked for the Tampa Bay Times, where he won the American Society of News Editors' distinguished nondeadline writing award and the Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism.

Lane DeGregory is a Pulitzer Prize–winning Tampa Bay Times feature writer who prefers chronicling people in the shadows. She won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, was named a fellow by the Society of Professional Journalists, and has taught at conferences and colleges across the country.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside