St. Petersburg Times staff writer Michael Kruse has won the prestigious American Society of Newspaper Editors award for nondeadline writing.
Kruse, 33, was honored Thursday for "writing with delightful verve on an array of topics," including profiles of a former marketing executive turned supermarket "bag boy," the disgraced former head of the Republican Party of Florida and a runaway monkey.
"Kruse's portfolio stands out for its consistent sparkle and the originality of his approach, and shows just how much is gained from writing with economy," the judges wrote.
Kruse joined the Times in 2005 from the Times Herald-Record in New York's mid-Hudson Valley. He reported from the St. Petersburg Times bureaus in Hernando and Pasco counties before joining the enterprise team in 2009.