F193. Crazy, Sexy Miami: Reporters Tell All

Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


In South Florida in the '80s, today’s hot topics were already in full evidence: racial tension, terrorism, free speech, LGBTQ rights, immigration, culture clashes, epidemics (then, incurable AIDS). To explore these complicated topics Miami Herald reporters became experts in long-form, immersion, and voice-driven journalism. Prizewinning (seven Pulitzers) former staffers will explain how and why they wrote what they wrote, and connect that writing to current creative nonfiction.


S.L. (Sandi) Wisenberg is the author of a chronicle, The Adventures of Cancer Bitch; an essay collection, Holocaust Girls: History, Memory & Other Obsessions; and a short story collection, The Sweetheart Is In. She teaches at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago Graham School.

Liz Balmaseda, food and dining editor of The Palm Beach Post, has worked as a foreign correspondent, TV producer, and columnist. It was as a Miami Herald columnist that she won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and later shared a second Pulitzer for breaking news in 2001. She has authored several books.

Madeleine Helena Blais is a professor of journalism at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a mentor in the Goucher College low-residency MFA in nonfiction program as well as a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter. Her most recent book is a memoir, To the New Owners.

Sydney Freedberg has worked on newspaper investigations that have been honored with four Pulitzer Prizes. Her work contributed to the conviction of a politically influential sect leader, the courts-martial of Navy personnel charged with abuse, and the overturning of a fraudulent election in Miami.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside