David Damron writes: "Born and raised in the northeast, I moved south to finish college and graduated from the University of Florida in 1995. After covering schools, social services and governemnt in Lake County, I headed to Orlando to cover the Florida ballot fiasco. I now cover Orange County government."
Aaron Deslatte has covered government and politics for more than 10 years in Missouri, Arkansas and Florida. A native of Missouri, he began his career at the Kansas City Star, covered Missouri statewide campaigns and politics; moved to Arkansas, and migrated to Florida in the middle of the 2004 hurricanes to cover the Florida Legislature. Life in Tallahassee has quickly impressed upon him the importance of Seminole football, perpetual graduate school work, and after-hours schmoozing.
Mark K. Matthews writes: "Raised in New Jersey, I first covered Washington as a student at the University of Maryland, my alma mater. Since then, it's been a long, strange trip getting back to the Beltway. I interned for the Orlando Sentinel, covering public safety, and was hired as a Lake County political reporter in 2002. Afterward, I was the Sentinel's nightlife columnist before moving back to Washington on the criminal justice beat for Stateline.org. I rejoined the paper as a Washington correspondent in summer 2006."
Mark Schlueb writes: "I'm a native Floridian, born and raised in Titusville as the youngest of 10 children. I studied journalism and politics at the University of Central Florida, and was a college intern at the Tampa Tribune. I worked for several papers before the Sentinel, including the Fort Pierce Tribune, where I was a reporter and an editor; the Daytona Beach News-Journal; and the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal. Since 2001, I've been with the Sentinel, where I cover Orlando City Hall. I have two sons, Zachary and Jacob."
Bob Shaw has been a reporter, Tallahassee bureau chief, Washington correspondent and editor for Florida newspapers for the past 44 years. He's now the Sentinel's government/politics editor. He oversees the Tallahassee and Washington reporters for both the Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun-Sentinel as well as politics and elections coverage. Shaw is a graduate of Brandeis University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He also attended Stanford University as a Professional Journalism Fellow.
Jim Stratton writes: I cover economics and politics. I've been with the paper for more than 10 years covering local government, transportation and politics. Before that, I worked at newspapers in Virginia. I am a graduate of Ohio State University and Lynchburg College (Lynchburg, Va.).
Joe Burbankwrites: "I'm a senior photographer for the Orlando Sentinel and have covered every gubernatorial and presidential campaign in Florida over the last 24 years. I've been at the Sentinel since 1988 -- previously working for Agence France-Presse, the French news agency in Washington DC, the Fort Myers News-Press, and the Daytona Beach News-Journal. I have a journalism degree from the University of Florida, where I was the managing editor of the student newspaper there, the Independent Florida Alligator. I've received many awards, including from the National Press Photographers Association's Pictures of the Year competition. My philosophy on photographing Florida politics: "Be nice. Be fair. Make a good picture."
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