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WFLA-Ch. 8 reporter Samara Sodos to leave in September for Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office



samara-sodos2.jpgShe's been chasing news stories at Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA-Ch. 8 for a dozen years, covering everything from executions to speeches by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

But in a few months, reporter Samara Sodos will find herself on the other side of the journalism process, leaving WFLA Sept. 7 for a job as a public information officer with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

"I was looking for a career that felt a little more stable," said Sodos, who acknowledged her impending departure from journalism was sparked both by a desire for a new career challenge and concern about downsizing in local media. "I feel like all the skills I learned in this job will help me there."

Sodos, 40, came to WFLA in 2000 just before the voting problems which scrambled the presidential election, working as a reporter crafting news stories both for the TV station and corporate sibling, The Tampa Tribune.

samara-sodos3.jpgShe began considering jobs outside journalism months ago, but was still surprised when Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee asked if she might be interested in working for him a couple of months ago.

Sodos plans to stay long enough to help WFLA cover the Republican National Convention -- while avoiding reporting any stories about the Sheriff's Office, of course.

"I've wanted to be a reporter my entire life -- since 6th grade," she said. "Honestly, its been an honor to work here. but I'm really excited for the next chapter, too."



[Last modified: Thursday, June 14, 2012 5:02pm]


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