NEW PORT RICHEY — After 14 years showing up to interviews with a pen and notepad in hand, former Tampa Tribune reporter Eddie Daniels will be answering the questions now.
Daniels, 38, started his new job Monday as a public information officer with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
He is from East Palo Alto, Calif., and graduated from Grambling State University in Louisiana. In 2000, he began his journalism career at the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga.
Daniels was hired at the Tribune in fall 2001 as a sports reporter, covering high school sports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rays, arena football and professional boxing. One of his career highlights, he remembers, was covering the parade after the Buccaneers won the Superbowl in 2002. He rode in a car with strong safety John Lynch and quarterback Brad Johnson.
More recently, Daniels has been covering crime for the Tribune.
In the new job, he said he plans to "just put my head down and work and wherever that leads me, it leads me."
Daniels lives in Wesley Chapel with his wife and two daughters.