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Pulitzer prize winning editor/reporter Chris Davis hired by St. Petersburg Times

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times-logo.gifHere's the memo, from St. Petersburg Times editor Neil Brown:

"We have hired a premier journalist to direct and stoke investigative work at the St. Petersburg Times. Chris Davis, a Pulitzer Prize winning editor and reporter, will join the Times as our next Investigations Editor.
 
"Ten years ago the Sarasota Herald-Tribune started an I-team and put Chris in charge. Today, in the rich tradition of Florida newspapers, Sarasota’s newsroom is recognized nationally as a leader in investigative and database journalism. Chris had a primary role as a reporter or editor in stories about the failures of Sarasota’s 911 system, the Carlie Brucia murder case, real estate fraud (a Pulitzer finalist) and the state’s inability to get rid of abusive teachers (another Pulitzer finalist).
 
"As Sarasota’s AME/Metro, he edited “Florida’s Insurance Nightmare,” a yearlong investigation.  It revealed that much of the state’s property insurance industry is a corrupt house of cards that could quickly collapse and devastate thousands of Florida homeowners. The series won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting this past year.
 
"In succeeding our friend Richard Bockman, Chris will supervise our investigative reporters, generate database projects, and be a leader in instigating short and long-term watchdog journalism, including multimedia work, with journalists from throughout our newsroom. We have asked Chris to serve not just as an editor, but as a resource.

"Chris, a graduate of the University of South Carolina, has also worked at newspapers in Wilmington, N.C. and Beaufort, S.C. He and his wife Tiffany, a tennis pro, live in Bradenton.

"The appointment of Chris Davis affirms our stand that even in difficult times, investigative journalism remains central to our mission to make a difference in the lives of the residents of Tampa Bay and Florida.

We expect Chris to join us in a few weeks."

[Last modified: Friday, September 23, 2011 6:34pm]

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