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Sheppard_Jack.jpgJack Sheppard
Jack is currently deputy managing editor for sports and photography. He  joined the Times in 1988 as the National Football League beat reporter. He was promoted to Executive Sports Editor the following year, was named
the Assistant Managing Editor/Sports in 1993 and Deputy Managing Editor/Sports in 2008.

Jack attended public schools in Richmond, Virginia, graduating from Huguenot High School in 1975. He received a B.A. in journalism from the Ohio State University in 1979.

After graduation from Ohio State, Jack joined the San Angelo Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas. He covered high school, college and pro sports there until 1981, when he moved to the Dallas Times Herald to cover preps. He was subsequently promoted to college beat writer (where he spent two years helping investigate NCAA violations by the Southern Methodist University foot­ball program), NFL writer and Assistant Sports Editor.

Jack won numerous individual awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors during his writing days, many for investigative reporting as a result of the SMU work. He is most proud of the section awards won by the Tampa Bay Times, which consistently ranks among the nation’s Top 10 sports sections. The Times has also been honored for producing several of the nation’s Top 10 Special Sections since Jack’s arrival, including sections related to Super Bowl XXV in Tampa, the awarding of the Devil Rays baseball franchise, and previews of the 1996 Olympics, the 1999 NCAA Final Four and the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays appearance in the World Series. Most recently, the Times was honored as having one of the Top 10 Newspaper Sports Web sites among papers with more than 1 million monthly unique visitors.
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